For the third straight year, Linfield was runner-up in the race for the Northwest Conference McIlroy-Lewis All Sports Trophy, finishing second once again to Whitworth.
The ‘Cats earned three league championships this spring, part of a 106-point season that catapulted the team from fifth at the end of the winter sports season to second place by the end of the academic year. The softball, women’s tennis and men’s golf teams earned league titles for Linfield, matching the efforts of the Wildcats’ only other championship club: football.
Linfield has placed no lower than third in the team standings over the past seven years, with its last victory coming in 2004. The 'Cats also won the all-sports award in 2003 and 2001.
Whitworth won its fifth consecutive all-sports trophy thanks to conference championships in men’s cross country, volleyball, men’s swimming, men’s basketball, men’s track and field, and a share of the NWC men’s soccer and baseball titles.
The Pirates totaled 259 points, and were followed by Linfield (205), Pacific Lutheran (184), Puget Sound (179), Willamette (177), Whitman (167), Pacific (161), George Fox (137) and Lewis & Clark (131).
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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