W&J Adds Another Trophy To PAC Men’s All-Sports Streak
WASHINGTON, Pa. – Washington & Jefferson College claimed its ninth-straight Presidents’ Athletic Conference Men’s All-Sports Trophy during the 2012-13 academic year after the final standings were released by the conference office on Thursday. The W&J women’s athletic teams combined to take third place in the 10-school standings.
PAC all-sports trophies are awarded annually to the schools which perform the best across the board in league competition. First-place finishes are worth 10 points (nine for men), second place is worth nine points (eight for men), etc.
The Presidents’ men dominated the standings with 66 points to post the largest margin of victory in the all-sports race since 1998-99. Grove City was second with 56 points followed by Saint Vincent (53), Thomas More (49.5), Waynesburg (49), Thiel (45.5), Westminster (41.5), Bethany (30.5) and Geneva (26).
W&J captured a trio of top-three finishes this spring to run away with the title. The Presidents claimed the baseball title, finished second in golf and third in track & field. In all, Washington & Jefferson placed among the top three league teams in seven different sports during the 2012-13 academic year.
The Presidents’ two PAC team champions, football and baseball, both earned automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, W&J had student-athletes compete at national championships as individuals in the sports of cross country, indoor track & field and wrestling. Sophomore women’s cross country runner Kristen Galligan (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) and junior wrestler Josh Etzel (Elizabeth, Pa./Elizabeth-Forward) earned All-America laurels during their appearances on the national stage.
Grove City won its first women’s all-sports trophy since 2010-11 with 67.5 points. The Wolverines edged Westminster (63.5) and W&J (61) for the title. Thomas More (49), Waynesburg (45), Geneva (44.5), Saint Vincent (42.5), Thiel (38), Bethany (33.5) and Chatham (18.5) rounded out the conference schools.
The W&J women were led by runner-up showings from the basketball and golf squads.
Founded in 1955, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference continues its mission of promoting intercollegiate athletics and the pursuit of academic excellence. Consisting of 10 select private institutions in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Kentucky, the PAC remains a unique organization in this day of high pressure intercollegiate athletics. With academics at the center of each member’s philosophy, the PAC is built on the principle that an athletic program is a part of college life, but not an entity in itself. The PAC annually crowns champions in 19 sports (10 men, nine women).