WWU Captures 3rd Straight All-Sports Trophy
WWU's cross country and track & field program became the first in GNAC history to sweep all six team titles in a given season.
WWU's cross country and track & field program became the first in GNAC history to sweep all six team titles in a given season.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024
by Evan O'Kelly, Assistant Commissioner For Communications

PORTLAND, Ore. – For the third year in a row, Western Washington claimed the Great Northwest Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship, upon the completion of the 2023-24 season.

The Vikings took home eight total GNAC titles during the year, and made it three consecutive seasons sweeping the overall, men’s and women’s trophies. Since the conference was founded in 2001-02, WWU has claimed 15 of the GNAC All-Sports Championships, while winning 16 of the men’s All-Sports trophies and 12 of the women’s All-Sports trophies.

The GNAC All-Sports Championship evaluates an institution's overall excellence in athletics over a given year. Scores are based on regular-season finishes in volleyball, men's & women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, baseball, and softball, and conference meet finishes in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track and field, men's and women's outdoor track and field, men's and women's golf and women's rowing.

WWU finished with an average of 9.29 points in the overall race, finishing well ahead of second-place Simon Fraser (7.36 points) and third-place Central Washington (7.02 points). WWU’s men’s teams racked up an average of 8.40 points, with CWU’s men finishing second at 7.03 points and Western Oregon’s men taking third at 6.88 points. On the women’s side, WWU averaged 9.15 points for first place, while SFU’s women averaged 6.76 points for second and CWU’s women averaged 6.21 points for third.

The Vikings’ success was fueled by an unprecedented run by their cross country and track & field program, which became the first in GNAC history to claim all six possible trophies throughout an academic year. WWU kicked off the season by sweeping the men’s and women’s cross country championships in Anchorage, Alaska in October, before opening the track & field campaign by sweeping both titles at the 2024 GNAC Indoor Track & Field Championships in Spokane, Wash., in February. Most recently, the Vikings completed the trifecta by taking both team titles at the 2024 GNAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Ellensburg, Wash., in May.

WWU’s other GNAC trophies included winning the 2024 GNAC Men’s Golf Championships in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in April, and recently capturing the 2024 GNAC Women’s Rowing Championships title in Gold River, Calif., in May.

Simon Fraser’s second-place finish in the overall standings came thanks in large part to a pair of team championships won during 2023-24. The Red Leaf men’s soccer team wrapped up their eighth GNAC regular-season title on the final week of the season last November, going 11-5-2 overall and 8-2-1 in league play. SFU’s women’s golf team delivered at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, finishing atop the leaderboard at the GNAC Golf Championships for the fifth time and the second straight season.

Northwest Nazarene, which finished sixth in the overall standings with an average of 6.06 points, also claimed two team trophies during the year. The Nighthawk softball team raced to its fourth straight regular-season title, going 41-12 overall and 20-4 in conference play. NNU went on to host the NCAA West Region Championships. The Nighthawks had similar success in baseball, going 36-15-1 overall and winning the GNAC regular-season title with a record of 23-9 in conference play.

Seattle Pacific finished seventh in the overall standings with an average of 5.08 points, with a pair of fall sports trophies highlighting the campaign. The Falcons took home their first volleyball title since 2011, going 22-5 overall and 16-2 in conference play. SPU also struck gold in the women’s soccer regular season, posting a record of 13-4-5 overall and going unbeaten in GNAC play at 9-0-5.

Montana State Billings was the other GNAC school to win a pair of regular-season titles, sweeping the men’s and women’s basketball crowns. MSUB’s women went 28-7 overall and 16-2 in conference play, picking up their second regular-season title and advancing to the Sweet 16. The Yellowjacket men meanwhile went 20-10 overall and finished atop the GNAC standings for the first time with a conference record of 14-4.

From 2002 to 2016, the All-Sports Championship was based on a raw points system, with teams receiving points in two-point increments based on their finish that season. Since 2017, scoring has been based on the Dormeyer System, which determines an average score for each institution based on its finish in each conference sport and the number of GNAC sports sponsored by each institution.