Willamette Takes Early All-Sports Trophy Lead

SPOKANE, WA — Willamette University rode a pair of Northwest Conference titles in cross country and upper-division finishes in five of six fall sports to take the lead in the McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy standings for the 2003-04 school year.

The Bearcats accumulated 91 points to 82 for defending all-sports champion Linfield and 77 for Puget Sound.

Willamette earned NWC titles in men’s and women's cross-country. The Bearcats’ women's soccer and football teams earned runner-up spots.

Linfield actually won the most titles in the fall, taking first place in men’s soccer, volleyball and football. Puget Sound won the women’s soccer championship.

The Northwest Conference All-Sports Trophy recognizes athletic excellence among Northwest Conference institutions across all fields of competition. It is named in honor of John Lewis, the baseball coach (1947-72), basketball coach (1947-67) and athletics director (1952-72) at Willamette University; and Jane McIlroy, Linfield College’s women’s athletics director and physical education professor from 1950-82 who also coached field hockey (1952-81), basketball, volleyball, softball and tennis.