by Josh Sandin
Posted on 7/11/2012
FORT DODGE - The Iowa Central athletic department claimed its record fourth consecutive National Alliance of Two-Year College Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) Cup this year with 157 points, easily holding off Tyler Junior College (Texas) which finished second with 128 points.
“This is our department’s goal each and every year,” said Iowa Central athletic director Rick Sandquist. “Our programs put a lot of hard work in each year and we take a lot of pride in being able to say we are the best athletic department in the nation.”
Iowa Central found itself trailing in the NATYCAA Cup standings after the fall. Iowa Central sat in 13th place with only 30.5 points, but a highly successful winter campaign boosted Iowa Central into the top of the standings with 123 points and it never looked back. The Iowa Central athletic teams won three nationals titles, had two programs finish as national runners-up and had six other programs compete at NJCAA national tournaments to contribute to the point total. Several other programs had stellar seasons in sports that did not count towards the NATYCAA Cup standings. The men’s and women’s half marathon programs each won national titles and the men’s rodeo program finished 15th at the National College Finals Rodeo.
This year Iowa Central finished with a 226-78-2 overall record and posted an 83-34-1 record in conference play with nine Region XI Tournament champions. The Tritons also had 80 All-Americans, 18 individual national champions and 118 All-Region XI selections. In the classroom, Iowa Central had 28 Academic All-Americans, five Academic Teams of the Year and 223 Academic All-Region XI selections.
“This was one of the best overall years that we have had as an athletic department,” said Sandquist. “From top to bottom, everyone did an outstanding job.”
Women’s cross country, women’s indoor track and field and men’s indoor track and field all won national titles and scored 20 points each. Wrestling and women’s outdoor track and field each finished second and earned 19 points.
In addition to those points, several other programs contributed. In the fall the volleyball team qualified for the national tournament and earned 9.5 points and the football team finished ranked No. 20 for one point. Several programs also earned points in the winter. The swimming programs tallied 27 total points as the women finished seventh and the men finished eighth at the NJCAA National Swimming and Diving Championships. The men’s basketball team also earned 6.5 points for their appearance at the national tournament. In the spring, the men’s outdoor track and field program finished fifth for 16 points and the women’s golf team finished 14th to earn seven points.
The NATYCAA Cup is presented annually to the athletic department that amasses the most points during a collegiate athletic season. Points are given based on finishes at national tournaments or ranking in the final poll if there is no national tournament. Twenty points are given for a national title or No. 1 ranking, 19 for second place, 18 for third and so on. Programs may count points for five men’s programs and five women’s programs.
Iowa Central’s four consecutive NATYCAA Cups are a record for the Scholarship Division. College of DuPage won six consecutive NATYCAA Cups in between 2003-2009. It won the Scholarship Division in 2003-04 and then won five consecutive Non-Scholarship Division titles from 2004-05 through 2008-09.