BYU wins fifth-consecutive WCC Commissioner’s Cup

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BYU administration receives the 2017 WCC Commissioner’s Cup and the men’s and women’s all-sport trophies. Pictured from left to right: BYU Faculty Athletic Representative David Hart, BYU Associate AD/SWA Liz Darger, BYU President Kevin Worth and BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe. (Photo by John Shaffer/WCC)

Brigham Young University won the 2016-17 West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Cup for the fifth consecutive year.

BYU is now tied for first place with the University of San Diego with five overall and five consecutive Commissioner’s Cup victories.

The WCC Commissioner’s Cup is an all-sports award presented at the end of each academic year to the league’s top performing school in conference play. The award is based off a point system that reflects the finish of each team in conference play. Both men’s and women’s point totals are combined to get the institute’s grand total. The institution with the highest point total is awarded the WCC Commissioner’s Cup.

With 105.5 total points, BYU set a new record for margin of victory for the second straight year. Gonzaga was the closest runner-up with a total of 81.5 points, a staggering 24 points behind the Cougars.

Last season, BYU registered a 21-point win against runner-up Saint Mary’s College.

The Cougars won the Women’s All-Sports Trophy for the fifth consecutive year with a score of 61, 10.5 points above runner-up Gonzaga.

With 44.5 points, BYU also captured the Men’s All-Sports Trophy for the fourth time in the last five seasons, posting a 7.5 point win over Saint Mary’s

The awards were handed out as part of the eighth annual West Coast Conference Honors Dinner, held Wednesday night at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach and Marina Hotel in Redondo Beach, California.

In 2016-17, the Cougars captured outright WCC championships in men’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, softball and women’s volleyball to go along with shared titles in women’s soccer and baseball.

Gonzaga won outright championships in men’s and women’s basketball and women’s rowing to go along with a shared baseball title.

Overall, BYU finished atop the Commissioner’s Cup standings with 105.5 points, besting second place Gonzaga (81.5) and third place Saint Mary’s (81). Loyola Marymount finished fourth (79), while Pepperdine and San Diego (72.5) tied for fifth place. Portland (69.5), San Francisco (68), Santa Clara (65) and Pacific (50.5 points) rounded out the standings.

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