From Harding University
Thursday was a milestone day for Bison athletics, as the Harding men earned the 2010-11 Gulf South Conference All-Sports Trophy. It was Harding's first All-Sports Trophy in its 11 seasons in the GSC and the first to go to a West Division school since Central Arkansas won it in 2005-06.
"It has been an outstanding year for all of Harding's athletic programs," Harding athletics director Greg Harnden said. "This all-sports trophy is a credit to an incredible group of student-athletes and coaches we have at Harding University."
During the school year, Harding won its third consecutive cross country title and also captured its first-ever men's basketball tournament championship. The Bisons closed out the year by making their first-ever baseball tournament championship game and recording their highest-ever finish (eighth) at the GSC Golf Tournament.
Harding snapped Valdosta State's three-year string of GSC men's all-sports championships. The Bisons had a total of 56.5 points, followed by West Florida (50.5) and Valdosta State (50.0).
Harding's women placed third in the all-sports standings, their fifth straight season in the top five. The Lady Bisons totaled 57.0 points and trailed only West Florida (61.0) and Arkansas Tech (59.5).
Although it is not an official award, Harding combined to score 113.5 points, the most of any GSC program. West Florida was second at 111.5 points.
Harding's last all-sports trophy came in 1993 when the Bisons and Lady Bisons were members of the NAIA Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference.