After an unprecedented decision by the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference to cancel the 2020 spring sports seasons due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the College of St. Scholastica earned the Jerome Kruse All-Sport Trophy for the 2019-20 season following the conclusion of the winter sports seasons.
St. Scholastica finished the winter season with a total of 83 points for an 11th-consecutive Kruse Award victory. The Saints edged runner-up University of Wisconsin-Superior by 8.5 points.
The Yellowjackets tallied 74.5 points for a third-consecutive second-place finish, while Northwestern rounded out the top three with 61 points in third place.
The champion Saints added a team championship in women's indoor track in field during the winter to finish the year with six total titles in 12 sports offered in 2019-20.
The Saints earned five fall-sport titles in men's and women's cross country, women's golf, women's soccer and volleyball.
The Yellowjackets had three titles. They defended their title in men's indoor track and field and won titles in men's golf and men's soccer from the fall segment.
Northwestern collected a second-straight regular-season title in men's basketball. The Eagles also won a volleyball title.
Since the award's inception in 1996-97, CSS has won the Kruse Award a UMAC-best 16 times. The award, which is named after Mr. Jerome Kruse, a longtime athletic director at the former Northwestern College (Wisconsin) and Martin Luther College, travels to the full-member institution with the most points accumulated by the place finishes of the college's athletic teams in the final standings of 18 conference sponsored sports.
‘JACKET JOTTINGS: UWS also finished in second place in men's cross country and women's basketball; third in women's cross country, women's soccer, men's basketball and women's tennis; and fourth in volleyball and women's golf.