- Kent State student-athletes gather around the 2012-13 Reese Trophy in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center. Pictured are wrestler Mack McGuire, basketball player Devareaux Manley, football wide receiver Tyshon Goode and cross country runner Samuel Allen.
- (left to right) Kent State’s Samuel Allen, Mack McGuire, head football coach Paul Haynes, Devareaux Manley, Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen and Tyshon Goode gather around the 2012-13 Reese Trophy in the Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center.
- Kent State first baseman Cody Koch comes off the bag to handle a throw during a game.
- Kent State’s Dri Archer breaks free for a big gain during the second quarter of the GoDaddy.com Bowl game in Mobile, Ala.
- Kent State golfer Nick Scott lines up a putt during the 2013 season.
The Mid-American Conference (MAC) presented Kent State University with the Reese Trophy for the fifth straight year for men's all-sports excellence during the MAC Honors Dinner at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The Kent State Golden Flashes have now won eight Reese Trophies dating back to 2000.
With a 10.35 average, Kent State finished nearly two points ahead of second place Ball State (8.5). Points are awarded based on each of the 12 conference schools' finishes in each of their respective sports, with the overall total divided by the number of sports sponsored by each school. An institution may count either indoor track and field or outdoor track and field.
The 2012-2013 academic year's top finish was powered by MAC championships in baseball and men's golf along with a MAC East crown in football. Kent States men's track and field and wrestling teams each earned runner-up status, while men's basketball finished in the top half of the conference standings.
Men's Golf 12
Men's Track and Field 11
Men's Basketball 8
Cross Country 7
Kent States women's teams finished third of 12 programs in the Jacoby standings behind Miami and Central Michigan. The biggest contributors to the Golden Flashes 8.33 average came from MAC titles in women's golf, women's track and field, gymnastics and field hockey. Softball also boosted the average with a MAC East championship.
The Reese Trophy is named in honor of the first MAC Commissioner, David E. Reese, who served the conference from its inception in 1946 until 1964. The women's trophy is named for former MAC Commissioner Fred Jacoby, who is credited with incorporating women's athletics into the conference structure.
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