KANSAS CITY, Mo. - With the fall sports season complete, Fort Hays State ranks first in the initial release of the MIAA Commissioner's Cup presented by McCownGordon Construction standings. Fort Hays State produced an average score of 10.9 for the fall, nearly a point higher than second place.
 
Fort Hays State had another strong fall season in 2018, finishing in the top five of the MIAA standings in five different sports. The men's soccer team (15 points) captured its second-straight conference title while the football team (14 points) also finished atop the MIAA for the second year in a row, finishing in a tie for first. The men's cross country team (12 points) turned in a third-place finish at the MIAA Championships while the women's soccer team (11.5 points) tied for third in the regular season. The women's cross country squad (10 points) placed fifth at the MIAA Championships and the volleyball team (3 points) finished 11th in the regular season standings.
 
Thanks to a women's soccer crown and a women's cross country title, respectively, Central Oklahoma and Pittsburg State currently sit in a tie for second with an average score of 10.1 points.
 
The MIAA Commissioner's Cup standings are based on points earned for regular season finishes in the 20 championship sports of the MIAA. The points awarded for each sport are based on the number of the MIAA institutions that participate in that sport. Each institution's points are totaled and divided by the number of MIAA sports it sponsors, giving an overall finish for the school.
 
An all-sports trophy returned to the MIAA two years ago for the first time since 2003, now called the MIAA Commissioner's Cup with a new scoring system. McCownGordon Construction came on as a presenting sponsor last season. The conference awarded the MIAA All-Sports Trophy from 1999 to 2003.
 
Below is the entire list of standings based on the results of the fall sports:

2018-19 Commissioner's Cup Standings Presented By McCownGordon Construction
1. Fort Hays State - 10.9 average (65.5 points)
T-2. Central Oklahoma - 10.1 average (40.5 points)
T-2. Pittsburg State - 10.1 average (40.5 points)
4. Nebraska Kearney - 9.8 average (49 points)
T-5. Central Missouri - 8.1 average (40.5 points)
T-5. Washburn - 8.1 average (40.5 points)
7. Missouri Southern - 7.9 average (39.5 points)
T-8. Emporia State - 7.4 average (37 points)
T-8. Northwest Missouri - 7.4 average (37 points)
10. Northeastern State - 7.0 average (21 points)
11. Lindenwood - 6.8 average (40.5 points)
12. Missouri Western - 6.5 average (32.5 points)
13. Southwest Baptist - 5.8 average (29 points)
14. Lincoln - 1.0 average (1 point)