DENVER – (May 31) For the second straight year, Seattle University Athletics earned third place in the final Western Athletic Conference Commissioner's Cup standings, the league office announced Wednesday.
The Redhawks earned 80.25 points, coming in just behind second-place UMKC (84.25 points) and just ahead of Utah Valley (80.00 points). New Mexico State won the Commissioner's Cup with 87 points after claiming eight WAC championships.
Seattle U had three WAC team championships, including both the regular-season and postseason tournament in women's soccer, and the men's golf title. The Redhawks also had four athletes combine for seven invididual WAC titles. Lila Rice started the year off with the women's cross country individual title, followed by Jacques Hebert (mile) and Mandie Maddux (pentathlon) each winning gold in indoor track & field. Maddux would also claim the WAC title in the heptathlon at the outdoor track and field championships. Blaise Wittenauer-Lee rounded out the Redhawk individual gold medalists, winning the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and 200 IM at the WAC swimming championships.
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 postseason points equal to their regular season finish. Teams that are ineligible for the postseason receive zero postseason 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 are still used for determining points.