PORTLAND, Ore. – Powered by titles in women’s cross country and women’s basketball, the University of Alaska Anchorage has captured the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s All-Sports Trophy for the second year in a row, the league announced Tuesday.

After running away with the honor last season, UAA finished 2017-18 with 7.92 points in the scoring system to narrowly edge Western Washington with 7.51 and Central Washington with 7.47.

UAA also won the women’s all-sports championship with 8.05 points, barely outdistancing Seattle Pacific (7.94), while the Seawolf men placed third in the 11-team league with 7.23 points, trailing only Western Oregon (7.89) and WWU (7.57).

"We are extraordinarily proud to repeat as GNAC All-Sports champions,” said UAA interim athletic director Tim McDiffett. “This honor belongs not just to our student-athletes, but to our coaches and athletic department support staff who lay the foundation for their success in the competitive arena. Additionally, UAA student-athletes and staff should be commended for setting records in the classroom and with community service, producing a combined GPA of 3.33 in calendar year 2017 and contributing nearly 2,700 volunteer hours.”

Along with the two conference crowns, UAA’s other seven GNAC teams produced finishes of second in men’s cross country and men’s indoor track & field, third in volleyball, fourth in men’s basketball and women’s indoor track & field, fifth in women’s outdoor track & field, and seventh in men’s outdoor track & field.

For the second time, the GNAC All-Sports champion 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. Prior to UAA’s two straight titles, WWU had won the last eight.

2017-18 GNAC All-Sports Trophy – Final Standings
OVERALL
1. Alaska Anchorage 7.92
2. Western Washington 7.51
3. Central Washington 7.47
4. Seattle Pacific 6.77
5. Concordia-Portland 6.48
6. Simon Fraser 6.45
7. Western Oregon 6.29
8. Northwest Nazarene 6.00
9. Montana St. Billings 4.41
10. Alaska Fairbanks 3.09
11. Saint Martin’s 2.81

MEN
1. Western Oregon 7.89
2. Western Washington 7.57
3. Alaska Anchorage 7.23
4. Central Washington 6.76
5. Simon Fraser 5.57
6. Northwest Nazarene 5.36
7. Concordia-Portland 5.32
8. Montana St. Billings 4.66
9. Seattle Pacific 4.21
10. Alaska Fairbanks 3.41
11. Saint Martin’s 2.79

WOMEN
1. Alaska Anchorage 8.05
2. Seattle Pacific 7.94
3. Central Washington 6.99
4. Western Washington 6.66
5. Simon Fraser 6.46
6. Concordia-Portland 6.14
7. Northwest Nazarene 5.69
8. Western Oregon 3.98
9. Montana St. Billings 3.41
10. Alaska Fairbanks 2.88
11. Saint Martin’s 2.47