Vikings win seventh GNAC All-Sports title with record point total
May 22, 2011
SPOKANE, Wash. - Western Washington University scored a record 181 points in winning its third consecutive Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Sports title, according to final official figures released by the conference office Monday.
Points are awarded (on a two-point increment) based on the final finishes in each of the conference's 16 sports - football, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field, men's and women's golf, baseball and softball.
The Vikings, who have won seven all-sports titles in the 10-year history of the conference under Director of Athletics Lynda Goodrich, broke their own record of 167 points they registered in winning the 2009-10 title.
WWU, which outpointed runner-up Western Oregon 181-141, also won both the men's and women's all-sports titles. The Vikings edged the Wolves 76-74 for their eighth men's title in 10 years.
In the women's competition, WWU, taking advantage of the addition of women's golf as an official conference sport, became the first school to tally 100 or more points in a single year as they outpointed Seattle Pacific 105-91. The women's title was the Vikings fourth.
Western Washington won three team titles and had seven second-place finishes in winning the overall title. It swept the men's and women's golf titles and also shared the volleyball championship with Seattle Pacific. The Vikings also had seven second-place finishes. Those came in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's indoor track and field, women's basketball and softball.
Seattle Pacific won the most team titles claiming four - all on the women's side (volleyball, soccer, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field). Western Oregon (men's outdoor track and field, men's indoor track and field and baseball), Central Washington (football, men's basketball and softball) and Alaska Anchorage (men's cross country, women's cross country and women's basketball) joined WWU as three-sport champions. Simon Fraser won its inaugural GNAC championship in men's soccer.
The final 2010-11 GNAC All-Sports Standings:
GNAC: Overall - Western Washington 181, Western Oregon 141, Seattle Pacific 139, Northwest Nazarene 125, Central Washington 118, Alaska Anchorage 110, MSU Billings 93, Simon Fraser 85, Saint Martin's 79, Alaska Fairbanks 31, Humboldt State 8, Dixie State 4. Men - Western Washington 76, Western Oregon 74, Northwest Nazarene 64, Central Washington 60, Seattle Pacific 48, Alaska Anchorage 48, Saint Martin's 41, Simon Fraser 34, MSU Billings 27, Alaska Fairbanks 10, Humboldt State 8, Dixie State 4. Women - Western Washington 105, Seattle Pacific 91, Western Oregon 67, MSU Billings 66, Alaska Anchorage 62, Northwest Nazarene 61, Central Washington 58, Simon Fraser 51, Saint Martin's 38, Alaska Fairbanks 21.
Conference Champions: Titles Won (Men-Women) - Seattle Pacific 4 (0-4), Western Oregon 3 (3-0), Central Washington 3 (2-1), Western Washington 3 (1-2), Alaska Anchorage 3 (1-2), Simon Fraser 1 (1-0). Football - Central Washington. Men's Cross Country - Alaska Anchorage. Women's Cross Country - Alaska Anchorage. Men's Soccer - Simon Fraser. Women's Soccer - Seattle Pacific. Volleyball - Seattle Pacific and Western Washington. Men's Indoor Track - Western Oregon. Women's Indoor Track - Seattle Pacific. Men's Basketball - Central Washington. Women's Basketball - Alaska Anchorage. Men's Golf - Western Washington. Women's Golf - Western Washington. Softball - Central Washington. Men's Outdoor Track - Western Oregon. Women's Outdoor Track - Seattle Pacific. Baseball - Western Oregon.
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