With 5 Confernce Championships, USU Finishes 4th in Commissioner’s Cup

LOGAN, Utah   Utah State completed one of its most successful athletic seasons in school history during the 2008-09 academic year with fiveconference championships, which resulted in a fourth-place finish in theseventh annual Western Athletic Conference Commissioner’s Cup standings that were announced by the league office on Tuesday. During the 2008-09 academic year, Utah State won WAC titles in men’s andwomen’s cross country, women’s soccer, men’s basketball and men’s outdoor track & field. Those five conference championships are the most for USU in its four years in the WAC, and tied for the most in school history. USU also won five Big West Conference team titles in both 1994 and 1998. “We have seen improvement in many of our programs this year thanks to atireless commitment from our coaches and student-athletes,” said USUDirector of Athletics Scott Barnes. “Winning five conference championshipsis a wonderful testament to their efforts.” Fresno State won the title with 85.50 points, followed by Nevada (84.75),Boise State (80.50), Utah State (76.50), New Mexico State (67.25), Idaho(66.75), Hawai¹i (62.75), Louisiana Tech (60.75) and San Jose State (54.25). The WAC awards its Commissioner’s Cup to the school that performs the best in each of the conference¹s 19 men and women¹s championships. Points are awarded for first-place, second-place, etc., in every sport. Points are dependent on the number of participating teams in each sport, and thosepoints are then averaged between a team¹s regular season finish (if applicable) and its WAC championship finish. Ties are not broken, but instead are averaged between the tied teams. Affiliate members are not eligible for the Commissioner¹s Cup, but their standings are used for determining points. Along with its five conference championships, Utah State also finishedsecond in the WAC in men¹s indoor track, while men¹s golf, women¹s indoorand outdoor track & field, and women¹s volleyball all finished fourth. In its inaugural season in the WAC, Utah State finished in fourth-place inthe Commissioner¹s Cup standings, followed by a fifth-place finish in 2007and a sixth-place finish in 2008. 2008-09 WAC Commissioner’s Cup Standings1. Fresno State (85.50)2. Nevada (84.75)3. Boise State (80.50)4. Utah State (76.50)5. New Mexico State (67.25)6. Idaho (66.75)7. Hawai¹i (62.75)8. Louisiana Tech (60.75)9. San Jose State (54.25) 2008-09 Utah State Athletic FinishesMen — WAC Finish (Record)Basketball — 1st (30-5/14-2/NCAA First Round)Cross Country — 1st (10th @ Regionals)Football — 7th (3-9/3-5)Golf — 4thTennis — T-5th (8-13)Indoor Track — 2ndOutdoor Track — 1st Women — WAC Finish (Record)Basketball — T-5th (16-15, 9-7)Cross Country — 1st(8th @ Regionals)Gymnastics — 6th (1-19, 0-9)Indoor Track — 4thOutdoor Track — 4thSoccer — 1st (13-8-1, 7-0-0)Softball — 8th (10-37, 3-17)Tennis — T-5th (5-20)Volleyball — 4th (11-17/9-7) -USU-

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