SHAWNEE – Oklahoma Baptist received the National Christian College Athletics Association's Presidential Award – the association's All-Sports award – Thursday.
OBU won with 145 points to claim its second NCCAA Presidential Award in as many years. The University also claimed the last three NAIA Learfield Director's Cup awards before transitioning out of the NAIA, giving OBU five consecutive national All-Sports Awards.
"We're very excited about the continuing level of excellence established here," said OBU Director of Athletics Robert Davenport. "Our coaches and student-athletes accomplished another great year and have passed the torch to what we hope will be an exciting 2017-18 season."
OBU claimed eight national championships this season after entering February with none. The Bison and Lady Bison became the first to sweep all six NCCAA spring sports championships.
The 145 points scored by OBU eclipsed last year's total of 143. Finishing second was Dallas Baptist at 90.5, followed by Campbellsville (66.5), Colorado Christian (63.5), Emmanuel (45.5), Bethel (40.5), Grace (37), Greenville (34.5), Cedarville (32.5) and Roberts Wesleyan (31).
In the fall, OBU placed second in women's cross country and women's soccer, third in women's golf, reached the semifinals in men's soccer and volleyball, placed fourth in men's cross country and seventh in men's golf.
The Bison and Lady Bison indoor track and field teams claimed OBU's first national championships of the year in February. The OBU men scored 154.5 points to win by 12 points and the Lady Bison, with 227 points, doubled the second place finisher (Dallas Baptist, 113).
Men's and Women's tennis got the spring sweep going with perfect postseasons, claiming their first national titles. The Bison went 7-0 in the NCCAA postseason, claiming a 5-1 win over Campbellsville in the championship match. The Lady Bison also went 7-0 in the postseason and scored a 5-1 win over Indiana Wesleyan for the national title.
The women's outdoor track team scored an amazing 249.5 points to win the women's championship by 152.5 points and the men's track team scored 182 points and won the title by 69 points. Men's and women's track has won all four championships since joining the NCCAA.
Softball won its first NCCAA crown after going 6-0 in the postseason and outscoring opponents 48-5 along the way. OBU defeated Bluefield in the finals, 8-1.
Baseball successfully defended its 2016 crown, going 10-0 in the postseason. OBU outscored opponents 101-26 in those 10 games and for the second year in a row, won the championship in walk-off fashion. OBU beat Campbellsville 7-6 in 10 innings in the finals.