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SACRAMENTO STATE SCORES HIGH IN BIG SKY ALL-SPORTS POINTS CHAMPIONSHIP

OGDEN, Utah - Sacramento State finished second among 11 programs in the Big Sky Conference’s all-sports overall athletic points championship, it was announced by the league today.

The Hornets, who won the overall all-sports title two years ago, were edged by champion Northern Arizona by just 1.5 points. Northern Arizona finished with a total of 115.5, followed by Sacramento State (114) and Montana State (99.5) to round out the top three places in the 11-member conference. The Hornets have finished no worse than third place in the Big Sky’s overall points standings four consecutive years.

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, outdoor track & field and women’s golf by virtue of finish at the Big Sky championship. Teams are ranked according to total points scored.

Sacramento State’s women finished second in the race for the women’s all-sports championship, while the men finished third. The program failed to win the women’s all-sports championship for just the second time in six years.

On the men’s side, the Hornets finished third with a total of 52 points, trailing Montana State (58.5) and Northern Arizona (56). The third-place finish matched the highest in school history for Sacramento State as the men accounted for top four finishes in football, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field.

On the women’s side, Sacramento State’s total of 62 points trailed only Portland State’s mark of 68.5. The Hornet women have finished no lower than third in the all-sports race six consecutive years. This season, Sacramento State women’s teams accounted for Big Sky titles in indoor and outdoor track and field, as well as tennis.

Sacramento State and Northern Arizona were the only two programs in the league to finish among the top three teams in both the Big Sky men’s and women’s all-sports races.

Overall, Sacramento State has won four conference titles so far in the current academic year, and baseball is in the hunt to win the Western Athletic Conference championship. Dating back to the 2006-07 academic year, the program has combined to win 43 conference championships.

OVERALL ATHLETIC POINTS
1. Northern Arizona -- 115.5
2. Sacramento State -- 114
3. Montana State -- 99.5
4. Montana -- 97
5. Weber State -- 89
T6. Portland State -- 82
T6. Idaho State -- 82
8. Southern Utah -- 80.5
9. Northern Colorado -- 79
10. Eastern Washington -- 75
11. North Dakota -- 43.5

MEN’S TEAM STANDINGS
1. Montana State -- 58.5
2. Northern Arizona -- 56
3. Sacramento State -- 52
4. Weber State -- 48.5
5. Montana -- 45
6. Eastern Washington -- 38
7. Southern Utah -- 34.5
8. Northern Colorado -- 27.5
9. North Dakota -- 24
10. Idaho State -- 23.5
11. Portland State -- 13.5

WOMEN’S TEAM STANDINGS
1. Portland State -- 68.5
2. Sacramento State -- 62
3. Northern Arizona -- 59.5
4. Idaho State -- 58.5
5. Montana -- 52
6. Northern Colorado -- 51.5
7. Southern Utah -- 46
8. Montana State -- 41
9. Weber State -- 40.5
10. Eastern Washington -- 37
11. North Dakota -- 19.5

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