HORNETS FINISH SECOND IN BIG SKY ALL-SPORTS POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP

HORNETS FINISH SECOND IN BIG SKY ALL-SPORTS POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Helped by a second place finish on the women's side, and a fourth place finish on the men's side, the Sacramento State athletics department was second among 11 schools in the Big Sky Conference's all-sports overall athletics points championship.

The competition is designed to award schools for overall athletic excellence. Schools are awarded points based on team finish in regular season Big Sky standings for women's soccer, volleyball, football, men's and women's basketball, softball, and men's and women's tennis. Points are also awarded in men's and women's cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field, and men's and women's golf by virtue of finish at the Big Sky Championship. Different than in years past, indoor and outdoor track and field scores were averaged into one score, while the final point totals were averaged by the number of conference sports an institution sponsors.

Combining the men's and women's finishes, Sacramento State placed second with 6.63 points per sport, trailing only Northern Arizona (8.71). Behind the Hornets were Weber State (6.33), Eastern Washington (6.07), Montana State (5.96), Montana (5.22), North Dakota (5.14), Northern Colorado (4.56), Southern Utah (4.31), Idaho State (4.20) and Portland State (3.95).

This marks the eighth consecutive academic year the Hornets have finished among the top three Big Sky schools in the all-sports competition.

"We are proud of our student-athletes for what they accomplish on the field of play and in the classroom," Sacramento State Director of Athletics Mark Orr said. "This year's results are a testament to our coaches and student-athletes who put in a large amount of hours of practice and training every day to get better. Congratulations to everyone involved."

Northern Arizona won the women's all-sports trophy with an average of 9.0 points. Sacramento State finished second with 6.77 points while Montana State (6.28), Weber State (5.72) and Northern Colorado (5.67) rounded out the top five. The Hornet women were buoyed by a conference title in women's golf, second place finishes in volleyball and women's soccer, as well as a third place finish in outdoor track and field. Sacramento State had its run of two straight women's all-sports championships come to an end with this year's second place finish.

On the men's side, Sacramento State's average of 6.43 points was fourth best, trailing Northern Arizona (8.33), Weber State (7.11) and Eastern Washington (6.91). Over the past few weeks, the Hornet men accounted for a pair of conference championships in both golf and outdoor track and field. In addition, the men were aided by a third-place finish in tennis.

Sacramento State has seen 12 of its intercollegiate sports on campus (Big Sky and non-Big Sky playing teams) post a top-three finish in its respective league. Baseball's regular season ends this week, and the team's conference tournament is May 24-28. Those 12 top-three finishing sports include:

Team (Conference Finish) - Conference
Men's Golf (1st) - Big Sky
Women's Golf (1st) - Big Sky
Men's Outdoor Track & Field (1st) - Big Sky
Men's Soccer (2nd) - Big West
Women's Soccer (2nd) - Big Sky
Volleyball (2nd) - Big Sky
Beach Volleyball (3rd) - Big West
Gymnastics (3rd) - Mountain Pacific Sports Federation
Rowing (3rd) - American Athletic Conference
Softball (3rd) - Big Sky
Men's Tennis (3rd) - Big Sky
Women's Outdoor Track & Field (3rd) - Big Sky

Sacramento State has now combined to win 67 conference championships over the last 15 years (4.5 per year).

BIG SKY OVERALL ATHLETIC POINTS PER SPORT (MEN'S & WOMEN'S)*
1. Northern Arizona - 8.71
2. Sacramento State - 6.63
3. Weber State - 6.33
4. Eastern Washington - 6.07
5. Montana State - 5.96
6. Montana - 5.22
7. North Dakota - 5.14
8. Northern Colorado - 4.56
9. Southern Utah - 4.31
10. Idaho State - 4.20
11. Portland State - 3.95

* Idaho 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.

BIG SKY WOMEN'S TEAMS POINTS PER SPORT
1. Northern Arizona - 9.00
2. Sacramento State - 6.77
3. Montana State - 6.28
4. Weber State - 5.72
5. Northern Colorado - 5.67
6. Eastern Washington - 5.43
7. Montana - 5.22
8. North Dakota - 5.06
9. Portland State - 4.56
10. Idaho State - 4.16
11. Southern Utah - 3.22

BIG SKY MEN'S TEAMS POINTS PER SPORT
1. Northern Arizona - 8.33
2. Weber State - 7.11
3. Eastern Washington - 6.91
4. Sacramento State - 6.43
5. Southern Utah - 5.71
6. Montana State - 5.58
7. North Dakota - 5.25
8. Montana - 5.21
9. Idaho State - 4.25
10. Northern Colorado - 3.14
11. Portland State - 3.04