PORTLAND, Ore. – For the first time in conference history, the Great Northwest Athletic Conference's All-Sports Trophy will head north to the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Thanks to an impressive seven GNAC titles in its nine conference sports, UAA captured the conference's 2016-17 all-sports championship, the league announced Monday. The Seawolves finished with an average score of 9.78 in the league's new all-sports scoring system, ending Western Washington's string of eight consecutive titles. The Vikings finished second with a score of 8.56.

UAA also won both the men's and women's all-sports championships. The Seawolves' men finished with a score of 9.77 and the women posted a 9.68, each outdistancing the runner-up Vikings.

"Winning the GNAC All-Sports Championship is a tribute to our student-athletes and coaches and their drive to achieve excellence,” said UAA Athletic Director Keith Hackett. “This honor belongs to them but is also a result of the efforts made by our athletic department staff, faculty and administration – especially Chancellor Tom Case – and the thousands of fans and supporters of Seawolf Athletics. It is truly a ‘Great Day to be a Seawolf,' and I could not be prouder or more pleased for the young women, men and coaches who helped earn this award.”

For the second straight year, UAA won seven of the GNAC's 16 titles, taking the trophies in volleyball, men's and women's cross country, women's basketball, men's indoor track & field and both men's and women's outdoor track & field.

Of the UAA's nine GNAC programs, the Seawolves finished no worse than third, placing runner-up in men's basketball and third in women's indoor track & field. WWU picked up GNAC titles in women's soccer, men's basketball and men's golf. The GNAC's six other championships were divided among five other institutions – Azusa Pacific (football), Central Washington (softball), Seattle Pacific (women's indoor track & field), Simon Fraser (men's soccer and women's golf) and Western Oregon (baseball). In addition, WWU (women's soccer, men's basketball and softball), UAA (women's basketball) and Western Oregon (baseball) won postseason tournament championships.

The success of GNAC programs carried over to NCAA competition, led by the WWU women's soccer team's run to the NCAA Division II national title and the UAA volleyball team's national runner-up finish.

For the first time, the GNAC all-sports championship was determined using the Dormeyer System, which gives each school an average score based on its finish in each conference sport and the number of GNAC sports sponsored by each school. The averages are based on regular-season finishes in football, volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, baseball and softball and conference-meet finishes in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's indoor track & field, men's and women's outdoor track & field, and men's and women's golf.

In past years, the all-sports championship was based on points awarded in two-point increments based on a team's regular season or conference meet finish.

GNAC 2016-17 ALL-SPORTS STANDINGS
OVERALL                          MEN             WOMEN           
 1. Alaska Anchorage     9.78    1. UAA  9.77    1. UAA  9.68
 2. Western Washington   8.56    2. WWU  8.17    2. WWU  8.04
 3. Simon Fraser         7.40    3. WOU  7.58    3. CWU  6.62
 4. Central Washington   6.90    4. CWU  7.08    4. SFU  6.55
 5. Western Oregon       5.45    5. NNU  5.86    5. WOU  5.21
 6. Northwest Nazarene   5.36    6. SFU  5.29    6. NNU  5.02
 7. Concordia            5.41    7. CU   4.99    7. CU   4.86
 8. Seattle Pacific      5.24    8. MSUB 4.30    8. SPU  4.85
 9. Saint Martin's       3.93    9. SMU  3.78    9. SMU  3.59
10. Montana St. Billings 3.74   10. UAF  2.95   10. MSUB 3.42
11. Alaska Fairbanks     3.09   11. SPU  1.89   11. UAF  3.09