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May 28, 2008
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The Rock wins Dixon Trophy for first time
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has been named winner of the 2007-08 Dixon Trophy awarded to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's most successful all-around program.
The honor is the first earned by SRU in the award's 13-year history. The Rock finished third a year ago equaling its 2002-03 finish.
The Dixon Trophy is named in honor of F. Eugene Dixon Jr., former chairman of the board of governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. It is awarded annually to the PSAC member institution accumulating the most points based on results of conference playoffs and/or regular-season records. Each institution's point total is calculated by adding its top six men's finishes and top six women's finishes in 21 conference sports.
"We are extremely proud to be this year's Dixon Trophy recipient," said SRU Director of Athletics Paul Lueken. "To be crowned 'the champion' of a conference loaded with the quality talent that exists in the PSAC is a real tribute to the time and efforts put forth by our student-athletes, coaches and administrators."
SRU nipped second-place West Chester University by two points (132.5 to 130.5) in this year's competition. California University of Pennsylvania finished third with 125.5 points; followed by Kutztown University with 125; Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 123.5; Shippensburg University, 122; Bloomsburg University, 120; and 2006-07 winner Lock Haven University, 119.
The Rock's award-winning effort in 2007-08 was paced by four PSAC championships won by track and field programs under the guidance of SRU Athletic Hall of Famer John Papa. SRU won outright conference titles in the men's indoor and outdoor and women's outdoor competitions and claimed a share of the women's indoor title.
SRU has won each of the last three PSAC women's outdoor championships. This year's women's indoor co-championship came on the heels of The Rock's first-ever team title a year ago, while this year's men's indoor title was SRU's first. Rounding out the men's top six teams were soccer and football; the top six for women included volleyball and softball.
The Rock also claimed conference runner-up finishes in three sports - men's cross country, women's soccer and women's tennis - during the 2007-08 academic year and added a fifth-place finish in women's cross country.
Previous SRU finishes in Dixon Trophy competition included third-place finishes in 2002-03 and 2006-07; a fourth-place finish in 2005-06; fifth-place finishes in 1996-97 and 2003-04; four consecutive sixth-place finishes between 1997-98 and 2000-01; and eighth-place finishes in 1995-96, 2001-02 and 2004-05.
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