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May 15, 2012

HORNET WOMEN WIN BIG SKY ALL-SPORTS TROPHY FOR THE FOURTH TIME IN FIVE YEARS

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - For the fourth time in five years, Sacramento State has won the Big Sky Conference Women’s All-Sports Trophy, the league announced on Tuesday.

The Hornet women captured league championships in tennis and outdoor track and field, as well as second-place finishes in golf and indoor track and field, plus a third-place finish in volleyball. The Hornets’ outdoor track and field championship last weekend in Bozeman catapulted the school past Northern Colorado for the title. In fact, Sacramento State finished with 82 points while Northern Colorado had 81.5 in the final standings. The Hornets’ average of 10.25 points per sport ranked just ahead of the Bears at 10.19.

Sacramento State also won the Big Sky women’s all-sports championships in 2007-08, 2008-09, and 2009-10. The program then won its first Big Sky all-sports overall points title in 2010-11.

The Hornet men placed sixth in the standings with 42 points. Montana earned its second men’s all-sports trophy in school history, and first since 1970-71.

Counting both men’s and women’s sports, Montana narrowly edged Montana State for the overall top mark, with the Grizzlies averaging 9.32 points per sport to the Bobcats’ 9.11 average. Sacramento State placed third with an 8.85 average, with Weber State (8.67), Northern Arizona (8.07), Portland State (7.21), Eastern Washington (7.07), Northern Colorado (7.04) and Idaho State (6.35) rounding out the league.

Points for the All-Sports Trophies are based on team finishes in the regular-season standings for soccer, volleyball, football, basketball and tennis. Points are awarded by virtue of finish in the Big Sky Championship in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, and women’s golf. The all-sports championship standings are based on average points per sport. The Big Sky has awarded a men’s all-sports trophy since 1963-64, and a women’s all-sports trophy since 1988-89.

Of the eight women’s sports offered by the Big Sky, Sacramento State placed in the top three of five. The outdoor track and field championship was the program’s fifth straight, and the tennis championship was the team’s 11th straight.

Including the America Sky title in men’s golf and a Big Sky men’s tennis championship, Sacramento State has won four conference titles so far, and baseball is in the hunt to win the Western Athletic Conference championship. Dating back to the 2006-07 academic year, Sacramento State has won 38 conference championships.

WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (points per sport)
1. Sacramento State -- 10.25
2. Northern Colorado -- 10.19
3. Portland State -- 7.9
4. Montana -- 7.5
5. Northern Arizona -- 7.37
6. Montana State -- 7.35
7. Idaho State -- 6.9
8. Weber State -- 6.8
9. Eastern Washington -- 5.75

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS (points per sport)
1. Montana -- 11.75
2. Weber State -- 11.17
3. Montana State -- 11.17
4. Northern Arizona -- 9.0
5. Eastern Washington -- 8.83
6. Sacramento State -- 7.0
7. Portland State -- 6.3
8. Idaho State -- 5.58
9. Northern Colorado -- 2.83

COMBINED TEAM STANDINGS (points per sport)
1. Montana -- 9.32
2. Montana State -- 9.11
3. Sacramento State -- 8.85
4. Weber State -- 8.67
5. Northern Arizona -- 8.07
6. Portland State -- 7.21
7. Eastern Washington -- 7.07
8. Northern Colorado -- 7.04
9. Idaho State -- 6.35

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