TUCSON, AZ (KOLD News 13) - The Pac-12 Track and Field Championships ended as expected in terms of the race for the Territorial Cup Series trophy.
Arizona’s men’s track team secured the point finishing 3rd overall with the Sun Devils coming in 10th while the ASU ladies took sixth just edging out the 7th place Wildcats.
The series thus ends on the competition side in a 10.5-to-10.5 tie.
This is the first time officially that the trophy will be awarded on the basis of the school’s final standings in the Learfield Directors’ Cup.
Arizona State currently leads Arizona in the Directors’ Cup. The Sun Devils are ranked 26th (437 points) to Arizona’s 52nd (292.50).
This is through the completion of the Winter sports seasons. The next update of the standings will be available on May 16.
The Wildcats chances to recover some of their 144.5-point deficit took a hit when ASU Softball was selected to the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona Softball, a #6 national seed, figures to potentially make a World Series run and could have made up between 75 and 100 points on the Sun Devils had ASU been shut out of the tournament.
Both the Sun Devils and Wildcats qualified for this week’s NCAA Women’s Golf Championships in Arkansas so there will negligible advantage there for UA to make up ground.
The disputed 2012-2013 Cup trophy was the lone other year the Directors’ Cup came into play. ASU claims victory based on winning the point in the added sport of men’s indoor track and field and their better standing in the Directors’ Cup (ASU-18th, UA-23rd).
Men’s Indoor Track and Field had not been a sport of competition when the Series was created in 2009-2010 and thus Arizona claims a one-point victory for 2012-13 athletic year.
For the purpose of history our David Kelly, who was on the IMG College staff at UA Athletics when the Series was created, awards the 2012-13 trophy to UA based on the rules at the beginning of that athletic year.
Thus the Wildcats hold a 5-4 advantage in this the 10th-year of the competition.
Indoor track and beach volleyball were subsequently added into Cup Series to begin the 2013-14 school year. Men’s tennis became the 21st sport of competition in 2017-18.
Schools are allowed to count 19 sports toward their final total In the Learfield Directors’ Cup, four of those sports must be baseball, women’s volleyball and women’s and men’s Basketball.
Arizona State posted a huge overall athletic showing in the winter sports. Both Sun Devil basketball teams made the NCAA Tournament where the Wildcats were shutout in that category. Winning the WNIT did nothing to help UA in this standing.
ASU also profited over Arizona in two sports the Wildcats don’t play (men’s hockey and wrestling). The Sun Devils currently field 24 athletic teams to UA’s 19 which gives them a slight advantage in the Director’s Cup as they have five additional sports to compete in for national points.
The Wildcats stunning late loss to the Sun Devils in the Territorial Cup football game in November and ASU’s sweep of UA in men’s basketball, for the first time since the Series began, stand as key games that tilted the rivalry battle this year.
Sun Devil Baseball also swept Arizona marking the first time since the 1971-72 school year that ASU won every game (7-0) against the Wildcats in the three major men’s sports.
Arizona heads into the Spring NCAA Tournament season in danger of finishing outside of the Top 40 nationally in athletics for a third consecutive year (42nd-2017 and 51st-2018).
Here’s how the series shook out this school year:
- Men’s Cross Country
- Women’s Indoor Track
- Men’s Indoor Track
- Men’s Swimming and Diving
- Beach Volleyball
- Women’s Golf
- Men’s Track
- Women’s Cross Country
- Men’s Basketball
- Women’s Swimming and Diving
- Men’s Tennis
- Women’s Tennis
- Men’s Golf
- Women’s Track
- Women’s Basketball