On the strength of four first-place finishes during the 2015-16 academic year, UW-Oshkosh claimed the WIAC Women’s All-Sports Award for the second straight year and the 10th time in school history.
UW-Oshkosh amassed 50.5 points in the women’s competition by securing outright titles in cross country and golf to go along with shared championships in soccer and volleyball, and second-place showings in basketball, softball and outdoor track & field.
The Titans also captured the WIAC Women’s All-Sports Award in 1990-91, 1991-92, 1995-96, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2003-04, 2005-06 and 2014-15. UW-Oshkosh finished fourth in the competition in 2013-14 and third in 2012-13.
Rounding out this year’s women’s standings were second-place UW-La Crosse with 47.5 points, third-place UW-Eau Claire with 41.5, fourth-place Whitewater with 38.5, fifth-place UW-Stout with 27, sixth-place UW-Stevens Point with 24.5, seventh-place UW-River Falls with 22 and eighth-place UW-Platteville with 16.
UW-Oshkosh also finished second in both the WIAC men’s and the combined standings. UW-La Crosse won its sixth combined award and 19th men’s trophy. The Eagles won their first combined award since 2003-04 while their men’s title was the third in the past four years.
In the combined standings, UW-La Crosse compiled 86.5 points to edge UW-Oshkosh’s total of 83.5. Completing the rankings were third-place UW-Eau Claire with 73 points, fourth-place UW-Whitewater with 71.5, fifth-place UW-Stevens Point with 54.5, sixth-place UW-Platteville with 39, seventh-place UW-Stout with 38.5 and eighth-place UW-River Falls with 37.
UW-La Crosse won men’s league championships in baseball, basketball, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field. The Eagles’ 34 points in the men’s standings were followed by second-place UW-Oshkosh and Whitewater with 29 points, fourth-place UW-Eau Claire with 26, fifth-place UW-Stevens Point with 24.5, sixth-place UW-Platteville with 21, seventh-place UW-River Falls with 16 and eighth-place UW-Stout with 9.5.
UW-Oshkosh’s top results in the men’s competition included a championship in football, a second-place effort in basketball and third-place finishes in cross country and outdoor track & field.
Points for the awards are given according to the final conference standings in each sport on a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, or 8-7-6, etc., depending on how many schools compete in each sport. Either (but not both) indoor or outdoor track & field are included in the calculations, and the awards are determined on the basis of the lowest number of sports offered by any WIAC institution in each category (men - 5, women - 7, combined - 13).
The WIAC recognized its first Men’s All-Sports Award champion during the 1966-67 academic year. The first Women’s All-Sports Award champion was crowned during the 1987-88 academic year and the first Combined All-Sports Award champion in 1997-98.