BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp presents the DAC Commissioner's Cup to Athletic Director Jhett Albers and all Yellow Jacket student-athletes

BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp awards the 2007-2008 Commissioner’s Cup to Jhett Albers, BHSU athletic director, and all BHSU student-athletes on behalf of the Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC). The Yellow Jackets received the prestigious award for the best overall performance in the conference in all sports in which they participate.

Black Hills State University was the winner of the 2007-2008 Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) Commissioner’s Cup All Sports Award. The award is given to the school that collectively has the best performance in all sports in which they participate. This season was the first time BHSU received this honor.

This award comes after a year of unprecedented success for BHSU athletics. The women’s teams performed extremely well last season, winning DAC Championships in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, and a share of the basketball title. The women’s cross country team went on to participate in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national meet, finishing in eighth place. The indoor and outdoor track and field teams finished the season fifth and 12th in the nation, and the women’s basketball team reached the Elite Eight after an impressive run at the NAIA National Tournament.

The BHSU men’s athletic teams also had very successful seasons. The football team finished tied for the DAC title. The cross country team won the DAC title and finished in second place at the NAIA Championship. The men’s basketball team went 16-14 and reached the DAC semi-finals.

The Commissioner’s Cup All Sports Award was presented at halftime of the women’s basketball playoff game versus Jamestown College, which ended in a BHSU win.

According to John Kietzmann, director of Athletic Development, the Yellow Jackets’ success is due in large part to student-athlete scholarship funds provided by the Yellow Jacket Foundation and its supporters. To learn more about the foundation, contact Kietzmann at 642-6385 or JohnKietzmann@BHSU.edu.