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HORNET WOMEN CLAIM ANOTHER BIG SKY ALL-SPORTS TROPHY

HORNET WOMEN CLAIM ANOTHER BIG SKY ALL-SPORTS TROPHY

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State captured the Big Sky Conference Women's All-Sports Trophy for the second consecutive year and the sixth time in the last nine years, it was announced today. Combined with the men's teams performances, the Hornets finished third overall among the league's 11 full-time members.

"Sacramento State has always focused on providing a strong, broad based athletics program," Director of Athletics Bill Macriss said. "This year was a little different than years past, but still showcased the depth of quality Hornet teams."

The Sacramento State women finished with 75 points to edge Northern Arizona by two points for the title. Weber State was also in the mix as the Wildcats tallied 69 points. The Hornets earned conference titles in indoor track & field and tennis and also placed second in golf, softball and outdoor track & field. The all-sports trophy victory is the latest for the Sacramento State women which also won in 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12 and 2014-15.

The Hornet men finished in eighth place with 32.5 points. Northern Arizona captured the title with 59 points while Weber State at 58 and Montana 56. Sacramento State's highest Big Sky finish came in men's tennis where the team placed third. The men's golf team finished second at the Big Sky Championships but the sport is not currently included in the all-sports standings.

Overall, combining the men's and women's points, Sacramento State finished with 107.5 points to place third. Northern Arizona was first with 132 combined points and Weber State accumulated 127 to finish second. The Hornets have now finished among the top three Big Sky schools in the all-sports competition for seven consecutive years.

"As we constantly remind our students, success comes from working hard on the field and in the classroom. This year's results speak to that hard work and the great job our students are doing," Macriss said.

Of the 21 intercollegiate teams on campus, Sacramento State had top three finishes in eight of the 12 sports (baseball is still competing). Those include:

Team (Conference Finish) - Conference
Women's Indoor Track and Field (1st) - Big Sky
Gymnastics (1st) - Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Women's Tennis (1st) - Big Sky
Women's Golf (2nd) - Big Sky
Men's Golf (2nd) - Big Sky
Softball (2nd) - Big Sky
Women's Outdoor Track & Field (2nd) - Big Sky
Volleyball (3rd) - Big Sky

Sacramento State has now combined to win 64 conference championships over the last 14 years (4.6 per year).

OVERALL ATHLETIC POINTS*
1. Northern Arizona - 132
2. Weber State - 127
3. Sacramento State - 107.5
4. Eastern Washington 105.83
5. Montana - 101
6. Montana State - 86.5
7. Southern Utah - 80.5
8. Idaho State - 77
9. Portland State - 68
10. Northern Colorado 66.5
11. North Dakota 57.83

* Idaho, which returned most of its sports to the Big Sky Conference on July 1, 2014, is considered an affiliate member because its football program competes in the Sun Belt Conference. Therefore, Idaho does not count in the men's or women's all-sports points standings.

WOMEN'S TEAM STANDINGS
1. Sacramento State 75
2. Northern Arizona 73
3. Weber State 69
4. Eastern Washington 66.83
5. Montana State 46.5
6. Montana 45
7. Northern Colorado 41.5
8. North Dakota 39.83
9. Idaho State 38
10. Portland State 36
11. Southern Utah 27

MEN'S TEAM STANDINGS
1. Northern Arizona 59
2. Weber State 58
3. Montana 56
4. Southern Utah 53.5
5. Montana State 40
6. Idaho State 39
7. Eastern Washington 39
8. Sacramento State - 32.5
9. Portland State - 32
10. North Dakota - 25
11. Northern Colorado - 18