McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Riding league championships in three spring sports, Linfield vaulted from fifth to second place in the final standings for the 2011 Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All Sports Trophy. Final team standings were released Sunday.
Whitworth won its fourth consecutive trophy after posting the highest point totals in each of the three athletic seasons, totaling 267 points. The Pirates won seven team championships throughout the year, including women’s tennis and men’s track and field in the spring.
After sitting in fifth place at the conclusion of winter competition, the Wildcats scored 114 points in the spring to finish with 214 points. Nearly half of the big gain resulted from league championships in baseball, softball and men’s golf.
Linfield’s only other team championship this year came in football during the fall season.
The ‘Cats outscored third-place Puget Sound by 20 points. Other team totals include: Pacific Lutheran and Willamette (165), Whitman (161), Pacific (148), George Fox (144) and Lewis & Clark (142).
Linfield also finished second in 2010. The Wildcats have won the all-sports award just three times since it was introduced in 1986, most recently in 2004. Other victories came in 2003 and 2001.
The Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy is named in honor of Jane McIlroy, women’s athletic director, professor and coach at Linfield from 1950-82; and John Lewis, athletic director and coach at Willamette from 1947-72.
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