DENVER - The Western Athletic Conference today announced the winner of its annual Commissioner's Cup with this year's honor going to the University of Idaho with 105.50 points. The Vandals finished the year with eight WAC championships, which includes the postseason titles in women's cross country, men's indoor track and field, women's basketball, women's tennis, men's tennis, men's outdoor track and field, and women's outdoor track and field. The women's basketball team also claimed the regular season title.
The Vandals’ 105.50 points are the most since the award first was awarded in 2002. Their championship total for the school year is the most in school history.
“Since joining the WAC in 2005, it has been our goal to have the best athletic program in the conference,” Director of Athletics Rob Spear said. “After two consecutive runner-up years, it is a great reward for our student-athletes and coaches, and is a testament to the overall quality of our athletic program.”
The WAC awards its Commissioner's Cup to the school that performs the best in each of the conference's 19 men's and women's championships (Idaho competes in 15 of the WAC-offered sports). Points are awarded in order of finish, equal to the number of teams that participate in each sport and are averaged between a team’s regular-season finish (if applicable) and its WAC championship finish. Teams that do not qualify for a post-season tournament because of a smaller field, receive post-season points equal to their regular-season finish. Teams that are ineligible for the post-season receive zero post-season points but can still earn regular-season points. Ties are not broken but instead are averaged between the tied teams. Affiliate members are not eligible for the Commissioner’s Cup but their standings still are used for determining points.
New Mexico State finished second with 86.00 points. The Aggies won five WAC championships with titles in volleyball, men’s basketball, women's golf and men's golf. The volleyball team added a regular-season title.
Utah Valley rounded out the top three with 79.75 points. The Wolverines finished with post-season titles in men's cross country and softball, and a regular-season title in men's basketball.
Seattle U was fourth with 77.25 points after winning the regular-season and post-season titles in men's and women's soccer, and Kansas City was fifth with 75.75 points. Grand Canyon finished sixth with 60.50 points despite not being eligible for a number of WAC championships because of NCAA rules during its DI transition period. The 'Lopes won the women's indoor track and field championship, and the softball regular-season title. Bakersfield was seventh with 52.25 points, Texas-Pan American was eighth with 52.00 points and Chicago State was ninth with 26.00 points.