DENVER – The Western Athletic Conference announced the winner of its annual Commissioner’s Cup with this year’s honor going to Fresno State University with 89.25 points. The Bulldogs took home four conference championships this year, including the women’s basketball, women’s golf, women’s tennis and baseball titles. Boise State finished second with 86.00 points, while Hawai’i was third with 78.25 points.
"Congratulations to Fresno State for winning this year's Commissioner's Cup," said WAC Commissioner Karl Benson. "Their teams excelled throughout the season with several championships and other high finishes. It is a tribute to all of the Bulldog student-athletes and coaches for their hard work during the year."
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. 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 postseason tournament due to a smaller field receive points equal to their regular season finish. 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 are still used for determining points.
Fresno State won its first-ever Commissioner’s Cup title after finishing third the previous two seasons. The Bulldogs registered a close second behind Rice in 2004-05 and finished fourth during the 2003-04 season. In 2002-03 Fresno State was third, which was the first year of the Commissioner’s Cup.
“Winning the Western Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Cup is a tremendous accomplishment and represents the collective effort of hundreds of student-athletes, coaches and staff. We are proud that four Bulldog teams; women’s tennis, women’s golf, baseball and women’s basketball, were all crowned WAC Champions. We are equally proud of all our teams that compete at the very highest level of the WAC and contributed heavily to capturing this prestigious honor.”
En route to its 86.00 points, Boise State won the men’s basketball, gymnastics and men’s outdoor track championships, while women’s basketball took home a share of the WAC regular season title. Hawai’i finished third with 78.25 points, winning championships in women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s tennis and football.
In fourth this season was Nevada which tallied 75.00 points with one conference championship in women’s swimming and diving. The Wolf Pack also took home a share of the WAC men’s basketball regular season title. New Mexico State finished fifth behind the strength of its titles in men’s basketball and men’s golf.
To see the complete conference standings for each sport and learn more about the Commissioner’s Cup and all your favorite WAC sports, visit wacsports.com.