UMO claims pair of Hawn Cups

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GREENVILLE, S.C. – Excellence again.

Known for its success on the regional and national stage in intercollegiate athletics, the University of Mount Olive has repeated as the “overall” Joby Hawn Cup winner for the 2020-21 Conference Carolinas sports season.

The Trojans also secured the Joby Hawn Women’s Cup for the second time in the past three years and fourth time overall in program history.

Points compiled from fall and winter competition determined the Cup champions. The COVID-19 outbreak abruptly canceled the spring sports season.

“It was disappointing that the sports year got cut short, but we are still excited to have won the Hawn Cup again,” said Jeff Eisen, vice president of athletics at UMO.

“We are proud to have our athletics program recognized as the top program in Conference Carolinas. Our fall and winter sports teams put us in a position to win the Cup, but our spring sports teams were excelling, too, before the coronavirus pandemic struck.”

UMO picked up 82 out of a possible 102 points (80.4%) to win the overall Cup for the fourth time since 2011-12. The Trojans collected a regular-season title in women’s soccer and won postseason championships in women’s soccer, men’s cross country, women’s indoor track and men’s indoor track.

The Trojans amassed 47.5 out of a possible 59 points (80.5%) to win the Women’s Cup.

Hawn Cup competition began in 1975-76 during the now-defunct Carolinas Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. It is named after HC “Joby” Hawn, who served as the CIAC commissioner until he retired in 1976.

In 2010-11, the Hawn Cup was expanded to include an overall, men’s and women’s sports champion.

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