CANTON  To end one of the most successful sports years in recent school history, the Malone Pioneers added another accomplishments to their ledger. 

After meeting the athletic department’s goal of a 3.0 overall GPA across all sports, Malone’s men’s and women’s athletic programs finished second among the Great Midwest Athletic Conference’s eight members in the 2016-17 G-MAC Presidents’ Cup standings.  

The award rankings slot the eight member schools based on their combined overall performance in the conference’s 20 men’s and women’s championship sports and with 82 points, Malone ranked second in the final standings behind Cedarville University, which captured the Presidents’ Cup for the fourth straight season. 

"The Malone Athletic Department staff and Pioneer student-athletes should be very proud of their performances in our first year of G-MAC competition," Malone athletic director Charlie Grimes said. "We are very excited to be competing in a conference with like-minded institutions and finishing near the top of the G-MAC standings in our first year is a great accomplishment. It is wonderful to see our hard-working coaches and outstanding student-athletes achieve success both in the classroom and in their athletic competitions.”   

Ursuline College was third in the overall standings, followed by Davis & Elkins College and Trevecca Nazarene University.

Among Malone’s successes in its first G-MAC season were conference championships in women’s basketball and men’s indoor track and field, along with runner-up finishes in baseball, women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track & field and men’s and women’s cross country.

In the final NCAA Division II Learfield Directors’ Cup standings, Malone ranked second-highest among G-MAC schools, earning 107.5 points for national championship participation in women’s basketball, men’s indoor track and field and men’s outdoor track and field. That point total placed Malone 163rd out of the more than 300 NCAA Division II schools.