With the final stretch of the FY19 Commander’s Cup race fast approaching, it’s time, once again, to take a look at the overall rankings picture and identify the major contenders.
As is the case with most Fort Belvoir Commander’s Cup title runs, the Big Five—Defense Logistics Agency, 249th Engineer Battalion, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and U.S. Army Legal Services Agency—started 2019 as the undisputed favorites. And, at this point in the schedule, those units occupy the top five slots.
After evaluating the numbers, however, the big question is: can anyone catch up to DLA—a unit that has steadily risen up through the standings over the last five years.
DTRA, FBCH and USALSA have yet to break 100
Having already claimed the first-place trophies in racquetball and tennis; runner-up distinctions in basketball and volleyball; and third-place finishes in Formation Run, soccer and softball, DLA is sitting firmly at the top of the heap, with 158 points. The nearest opponent to this powerhouse squad is the 249th Engineer Battalion, currently carrying 122 points, after taking first place in the Formation Run and varsity softball; second-place in flag football; and fielding enough athletes in each sport to earn consistent participation points. Despite standing as one of the most dedicated units on post, in terms of determination and focus (and the solid performances across the spectrum of athletics that have resulted), the Engineers are still 36 points behind the defending champions.
Like last year, the softball season looked to be a potential rankings game changer, at least with respect to the second- , third- and fourth-place slots. DTRA, entering the post-season with an impressive, 11-1 record, was poised take a massive step forward with a championship win on the ball diamond, and the fifth-seeded 249th Engineers (8-4) entered the tournament series riding a crest of momentum after a string of late-season wins. However, the 249th was eliminated in the quarterfinal round by the colossus 911th Technical Rescue Engineer Battalion, and both FBCH and USALSA suffered elimination in the opening rounds. DTRA, despite a tantamount effort, fell in the championship final to 911th TREC, which claimed its third softball trophy in as many years.
DTRA’s second-place finish and the 249th Engineer Battalions quarterfinal elimination gave DLA some breathing room. Still, it’s conceivable the 249th could unleash some serious performances in bowling, golf, swimming and the cross-country run and narrow the gap for a singular upset title win.
But, if history is any indication of outcomes, the 249th will have its work cut out for it. DLA has won the last two bowling tournaments, the last two golf titles and took the runner-up trophy in the FY18 swim meet.
For information about Fort Belvoir’s intramural sports program and the annual Commander’s Cup title race, call Justin Fitzgerald, league coordinator, 703-806-5093. Athletes can also contact their unit representative to sign up and for schedules.
Current Commander’s Cup Standings
249th Engineer Battalion