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Athletics takes second in Sasser Cup; ties highest finish in school history

By Athletics | May 31, 2024

The Big South Conference announced the results for the 2023-2024 George F. “Buddy” Sasser Cup Trophy on Friday morning, recognizing the top overall athletic seasons in the Big South. Charleston Southern claimed second overall in this year’s standings for just the second time ever, matching the program’s best finish which came in 1994-1995.

In 2023-2024, Charleston Southern averaged 6.65 Sasser Cup points in 15 championship sports and accumulated a total of 99.75 points based on its finish in conference regular season and championship competition. High Point won the overall title, while the Bucs were able to finish nearly a full point ahead of everyone else in the league.

The Buccaneers collected a pair of Big South Championships during the year with them coming in men’s cross country and women’s golf. Additionally, the Bucs had five runner-up finishes with them coming in women’s cross country, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field and women’s tennis.

The Sasser Cup Trophy is named for former Big South Commissioner Buddy Sasser (1989-96) and is awarded to the Big South member institution with the most successful year athletically, based on an average points system.  Points are awarded for both regular-season and tournament finishes in each of the League’s 19 championships, and the average of the combined total is used to determine the overall point allocation in the respective sport.  One bonus point is added to the average total for each Conference Champion/AQ representative, as well as any teams that receive at-large NCAA Championships berths.  Teams tied in regular-season or tournament play split the points earned.  Each member’s overall point totals are then divided by the number of sports sponsored by that school to determine the average.

The complete listing of the 2023-24 Sasser Cup and All-Sports standings appear below, as well as the annual Sasser Cup champions.

2023-2024 Sasser Cup Standings
1. High Point – 8.65
2. Charleston Southern – 6.65
3. UNC Asheville – 5.85
4. USC Upstate – 5.40
5. Radford – 5.39
6. Longwood – 4.85
7. Winthrop – 4.64
8. Presbyterian – 4.45
9. Gardner-Webb – 4.36

Women’s All-Sports Standings
1. High Point – 8.63
2. Charleston Southern – 6.83
3. Radford – 6.18
4. USC Upstate – 6.09
5. Longwood – 5.06
6. UNC Asheville – 4.72
7. Presbyterian – 4.16
8. Winthrop – 3.97
9. Gardner-Webb – 3.70

Men’s All-Sports Standings
1. High Point – 8.68
2. UNC Asheville – 7.14
3. Charleston Southern – 6.38
4. Winthrop – 5.50
5. Gardner-Webb – 5.19
6. Presbyterian – 4.83
T-7. Longwood – 4.61
T-7. USC Upstate – 4.61
9. Radford – 4.08

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