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WACO, Texas – Rogers State recorded its highest finish in the three years of the Heartland Conference Commissioner's Cup presented by adidas as the navy and red placed fourth in the nine-team conference as announced by the league on Tuesday (May 28).

The Hillcats moved up one spot from the winter standings to fourth with a total average of 0.628 to rank only .008 behind third-place UA Fort Smith. RSU used a strong spring season to up its season total and go up one spot in the standings. The Hillcat men's golf team captured the Heartland Conference championship with RSU softball winning the Heartland Conference Tournament championship during the spring. The navy and red women's golf program took third in the league. For the spring season, the Cats totaled 22 points out of 33 possible to register a 2017-18 tally of 54 points out of 86 for the .628 average. In the 2017-18 season, the Hillcats totaled three Heartland Conference championships – men's cross country, men's golf and softball.

Dallas Baptist University made it a three-peat picking up its third consecutive Heartland Conference Commissioner's Cup presented by adidas. The Patriots finished the year with an average of .736.

St. Mary's earned its highest finish in the commissioner's cup race in second with an average of .682. UAFS hung on to third place in the standings with an average of .636.

St. Edward's completed the top five with an average of .618. Lubbock Christian (.543), Newman (.489), Oklahoma Christian (.390) and Texas A&M International (.317) rounded out the standings in the 2017-18 Commissioner's Cup race.

The Hillcats have jumped two spots each year since the start of the Heartland Conference Commissioner's Cup in the 2015-16 season. The navy and red finished eighth in the first year and moved up to sixth a season ago in 2016-17 before another surge this year to fourth overall out of the nine member schools.

About the Heartland Conference Commissioner’s Cup presented by adidas.

The Heartland Conference Commissioner’s Cup sponsored by adidas was instituted prior to the start of the 2015-16 season and honors the top athletic institutions within the conference. adidas has sponsored the cup since the award's inception last season.

Commissioner’s Cup points are awarded to institutions based on their finish within the conference’s 13 sponsored sports. Based on the number of institutions participating in each sport, available points will vary. Regular-season standings are used for baseball, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball, while results of conference championship events are used to determine points in cross country and golf. In order for points to be awarded, there must be at least six schools competing in a sport.

Standings will be updated three times per year following the completion of fall, winter and spring sports. The winner will be announced annually in June.

For more information on RSU Athletics, go to www.rsuhillcats.com.