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Texas A&M Men's Athletics Finishes 2nd in Capital One Cup

Aggie Athletics had an impressive showing in Texas A&M's inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference. In a very competitive year in men's athletics, the Aggies finished 2nd in the Capital One Cup standings.

Texas A&M track coach Pat Henry poses with the National Champion trophy after tying Florida.
Texas A&M track coach Pat Henry poses with the National Champion trophy after tying Florida.
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Texas A&M ranked second in the final Capital One Cup standings behind UCLA. The Bruins clinched the top spot by winning the College World Series and earning 60 of their 92 points. UCLA's other points came from top 10 finishes in tennis, volleyball, and water polo. The Capital One Cup scoring structure rewards top 10 finishes in NCAA sports with greater weight assigned to football, basketball, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, and outdoor track & field than other sports.

The Aggies finished only 4 points behind UCLA with 88 points overall. The controversial slow play penalty assessed to Texas A&M in the NCAA men's golf championship may have ultimately cost the Aggies first place in the Capital One Cup. Aggie Golf finished with a #9 ranking instead of advancing to the quarterfinals of match play. Had they advanced, the men's golf team would have needed a 5th place or better finish to win the Capital One Cup.

Here is the complete breakdown of points earned by the Aggie men:

Sport Ranking Points
Outdoor Track & Field 1 60
Football 5 18
Indoor Track & Field 4 8
Golf 9 2

UCLA will be awarded $200,000 toward student-athlete scholarships and the Capital One Cup trophy will be presented at the ESPY awards on July 17th. Please vote for Texas A&M in three categories for the ESPYs. Last year, Texas A&M ranked 27th in the Capital One Cup so this year marked a major improvement for men's athletics. See the top 10 finishers in this year's Capital One Cup below:

Rank School Points
1 UCLA 92
2 Texas A&M 88
2 Indiana 88
4 Florida 86
5 Duke 82
6 Alabama 80
7 Michigan 76
8 Louisville 75
9 North Carolina 66
9 Syracuse 66