Ship U: Finishes Seventh in Dixon Trophy Standings


 The standings for the 2021-22 Dixon Trophy is the award given to the top overall athletics program in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). Shippensburg University Raiders finished seventh in the standings.

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What Happened

The Dixon Trophy standings are based on an average score for every PSAC Championship sport that an institution sponsors. SU posted an average score of 10.60 points in 2021-22. Gannon won this year’s trophy with an average score of 12.97 points.
In 2021-22, the Raider men’s sports average (11.22) was the fourth-best in the league. SU’s women’s sports average was 10.09. Boosting the team’s point total were three conference championships: field hockey in the fall, men’s indoor track & field in the winter, and men’s outdoor track & field in the spring. Shippensburg also posted Top 4 league point totals in men’s cross country, men’s basketball and women’s outdoor track & field.


This is the first time that the Dixon Trophy has been awarded since the 2018-19 academic year due to COVID-19, as the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years were affected by the pandemic. The trophy is named after F. Eugene Dixon Jr., former chairman of the Board of Governors of the State System of Higher Education, of which 14 universities in the PSAC are members.
Shippensburg has won the Dixon Trophy a conference-record eight times and was the first school to claim the trophy three years in-a-row, capturing it in 2003, 2004 and 2005. West Chester (five Dixon Trophies) is the only other school to win more than four times. SU has finished first or second in the Dixon Trophy standings 18 times in the 25-year history of the award.

Right Now

The current scoring format has been in place since 2012. During this span, West Chester has won all five of its career Dixon Trophy awards, while Shippensburg, Gannon and Cal have each won once.