By Nicholas Huenefeld/Owens Sports Information
Toledo, Ohio---Owens Community College earned a spot among the nation's top two-year colleges as the National Alliance of Two Year Collegiate Athletic Administrators (NATYCAA) announced the final NATYCAA Cup standings of the year recently.
Among all National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) scholarship schools, Owens finished 23rd in the nation. Owens finished ahead of all competitors in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC). The only school to finish ahead of them in the region was Vincennes University out of Indiana, which finished 12th.
All schools are ranked based on how each of their athletic teams finished. Some of the highlights at Owens this year included the women's soccer team making the NJCAA Division I National Tournament for the second straight year, the women's basketball team finishing third in the nation at the NJCAA Division II National Tournament, the men's golf team making the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the third straight year and finishing ninth in the nation, and the softball team making the NJCAA Division II National Tournament for the first time since 2011.
At the conference level, Owens won OCCAC championships in men's basketball, women's basketball and softball. They captured Region XII tournament championships in women's soccer, women's basketball and softball. Men's golf and men's basketball each finished as the Region XII runner-up.
Earlier this summer, Owens was named the 2014-15 OCCAC All-Sports Award winner. They have also excelled in the classroom, earning the most OCCAC All-Academic team recipients (33) among conference schools and the most NJCAA Academic Award winners (8) among conference schools.