Vikings Post Record Total in Winning GNAC All-Sports Crown
Travis Connell led Western Washington to the women's soccer title, the first of eight won by the Vikings during the 2012-13 season.
Travis Connell led Western Washington to the women's soccer title, the first of eight won by the Vikings during the 2012-13 season.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

PORTLAND, Ore. –  Western Washington scored a record 206 points in winning the 2012-13 GNAC All-Sports title, according to final official figures released by the conference office.

The all-sports title was WWU’s fifth in a row and its ninth overall in 12 seasons as it became the first school to score 200 or more points in the competition. WWU set the old record of 181 during the 2010-11 school year.

Points are awarded (on a two-point increment) based on the final finishes, taking into account both regular-season and post-season play, 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 and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s golf, baseball and softball.

The Vikings outpointed Alaska Anchorage 206-140 for the overall title.  It outscored Central Washington 90-66 for the men’s title and Seattle Pacific 116-85 for the women’s crown.  In each, its margin of victory was the largest in the history of the competition.

For all sports purposes, the Vikings won a total of seven team titles finishing first in men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, men’s golf, women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s basketball and women’s golf. 

They also won a record eighth title in men’s basketball, claiming the regular-season crown before losing to Seattle Pacific in the conference playoffs.

Seattle Pacific held the previous record for most championships in a single-season, winning seven (5 women’s and two men’s) during the 2006-07 season.

WWU’s men’s all-sports title was its fifth straight and 10th overall, while it won the women’s all-sports title for the fourth consecutive time and seventh overall.

In addition to Western Washington, Alaska Anchorage was the only other GNAC school to win more than one team title.  It won four finishing first in men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track and field and women’s outdoor track and field.

Five schools each earned a single conference team championship – Central Washington in football, Simon Fraser in men’s soccer, Seattle Pacific in men’s basketball, Western Oregon in baseball and Saint Martin’s in softball.

GNAC: Overall  – Western Washington 206, Alaska Anchorage 140, Seattle Pacific 135, Central Washington 128, Western Oregon 125, Simon Fraser 122, Northwest Nazarene 121, Montana State Billings 116, Saint Martin’s 87, Alaska Fairbanks 37.   Men – Western Washington 90, Central Washington 66, Western Oregon 65, Alaska Anchorage  60. Northwest Nazarene 56, MSU Billings 56, Seattle Pacific 50, Simon Fraser 47, Saint Martin’s 37, Humboldt State 9, Mary 6. Azusa Pacific 5, Sioux Falls 3, Dixie State 2.  Women – Western Washington 116, Seattle Pacific 85, Alaska Anchorage 80, Simon Fraser 75, Northwest Nazarene 65, Central Washington 62, Montana State Billings 60, Western Oregon 60, Saint Martin’s 50, Alaska Fairbanks 15.

Conference Champions: Titles Won (Men-Women) -  Western Washington 7 (3-4), Alaska Anchorage 4 (1-3), Simon Fraser 1 (1-0), Seattle Pacific 1 (1-0), Central Washington 1 (1-0), Western Oregon 1 (1-0), Saint Martin’s  1 (0-1).  Football – Central Washington.  Men’s Cross Country – Alaska Anchorage.  Women’s Cross Country – Alaska Anchorage.  Men’s Soccer – Simon Fraser.  Women’s Soccer – Western Washington. Volleyball – Western Washington.  Men’s Indoor Track – Western Washington.  Women’s Indoor Track – Alaska Anchorage.  Men’s Basketball – Seattle Pacific.  Women’s Basketball – Western Washington.  Men’s Golf – Western Washington.  Women’s Golf – Western Washington.  Softball – Saint Martin’s.  Men’s Outdoor Track – Western Washington.  Women’s Outdoor Track – Alaska Anchorage.  Baseball – Western Oregon.