The Butler athletic department has finished third nationally among community college athletic programs, the highest finish in school history. For the achievement, Butler receives a trophy and check for $1,000 for its general scholarship fund.


 


The Butler athletic department has finished third nationally among community college athletic programs, the highest finish in school history. For the achievement, Butler receives a trophy and check for $1,000 for its general scholarship fund.


“This is a great honor for Butler athletics,” Athletic Director Todd Carter said. “This award is indicative of the hard work and dedication of everyone involved with our program, including our student-athletes, our outstanding coaching staff, a supportive college administration and the best fans in junior college athletics.”


The National Alliance of Two Year College Athletic Administrators recently presented the 2008 NATYCAA Cup Awards at its annual convention.  The NATYCAA Cup program was begun in 2004 and recognizes excellence in two-year college athletics based on success in championship competition.


The awards are broken into three divisions — scholarship, non-scholarship and state associations. Johnson County Community College finished first in the scholarship division with 142 points, followed by Monroe (N.Y.) Community College with 133 and Butler  with 132.5 points. Other Jayhawk Conference schools that placed in the top 10 were Barton County at No. 5 and Cowley County at No. 9.


Scoring is based on a maximum of 20 points for each sport with the NJCAA National Champion in each sport receiving 20 points, the National Runner-up receiving 19 points, third place 18 points, etc. 


Butler was paced by its national championship in football, as well as a  national runner-up finish by the women’s cross country team. The softball team garnered points for a top 10 finish at the NJCAA Division I World Series in Florida. The men’s and women’s track and field teams also played a major role by both placing third nationally at the indoor meet and finishing fourth nationally in the outdoor meet.