W&L wins both the men's and women's Commissioner's Cups and takes the overall for the 11th straight year! Congratulations Generals on another fine conference year!
Shenandoah does better than I thought, finishing third from bottom overall and for the men, and in the middle of the pack for the women. E&H and Randolph sit at the bottom.
Does this make W&L the Mt. Union of the ODAC?
Seriously though, congratulations and well done to the Generals' athletes and coaches.
I know you wrote it as a joke, and no W&L isn't the dominant force Mt. Union is, but it is worth a deeper look at why W&L does so well in these cups. Many people may not care, but since I'm a math guy I found the following interesting:
Like most of the ODAC schools W&L has a couple sports that they just dominate the conference. For example Men's and Women's tennis is usually pretty unattractive competition (Men: 32 of 37 championships, Women: 22 of the last 23). But I think the real difference is that there just aren't any sports where W&L is flat out miserable anymore. You used to be able to count on the basketball teams being pretty bad, baseball used to end up in the bottom of the field, but that's just not true anymore. The sports that W&L isn't competitive for championships they still finish mid table at worst.
If you look at the Cup table, the only men's sport where W&L didn't pick up more than 1/2 of the points available was Indoor Track and Field and they got 4 of 8 points while being 1 of only 4 schools to participate in every ODAC sport. On the women's side, basketball and golf finished under the half way point, with 5.5/12 pts in basketball and 1/3 in Golf, which is a second year program. Now W&L doesn't play softball, but I think Bridgewater is the only other ODAC school to play as many women's conference sports as the Generals. The Eagles don't play Women's golf, but play everything else.
Before anyone points it out, I'll say that participating in the most sports isn't an advantage. The Cup is awarded based on the overall percentage of points you earn in the sports you participate in. So winning 75% of your available points in 3 sports would place you in the same spot in the cup standings as winning 75% of your available points in 15 sports. So while W&L plays the most ODAC sports of any school in the conference, that doesn't give them a leg up on the Cup. Perversely, it may make it harder to win, as you have to pick up consistent sports in even more areas. For example, even though the Generals don't win an abnormal number of regular season titles, 2 on the men's side and 3 on the women's side, the real key is being consistently good, or at least not real bad, everywhere else.
All that being said, Lynchburg had a good run at the men's title this year and I think won it the last few years. W&L's women, however, have won 10 straight and 13 of the 21 commissioner's cups. When you consider W&L went co-ed in 1986, it didn't take too long to ramp up to victory and really have made a great run since.