Willamette is Third in McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy Standings

Bearcats Win Men's Cross Country Title, Finish Second in Women's Cross Country

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Willamette University is ranked third in the standings for the NWC McIlroy-Lewis All Sports Trophy after the conclusion of the fall season. The trophy honors athletic achievement in every sport which awards an NWC championship. Points are earned based on where each team finishes in the final conference standings for each sport.

The University of Puget Sound is listed at the top of the standings with 77 points. The Loggers won the NWC women's soccer championship and finished second in men's soccer and women's volleyball. Whitworth University is just one point behind UPS in the standings. The Pirates, who have 76 points, claimed the NWC Championship in men's soccer.

Willamette follows closely behind both Puget Sound and Whitworth. The Bearcats have 73 points after winning the NWC championship in men's cross country, finishing second in women's cross country, and taking third in football.

Holding fourth place in the standings is Linfield with 66 points. Linfield won the NWC title in football and placed second in women's soccer. Pacific Lutheran University is fifth with 61 points after winning the conference championship in women's volleyball and taking second place in football.

Lewis & Clark is sixth with a total of 56 points. The Pioneers won the women's cross country championship and were second in men's cross country. Seventh place is held by the Boxers from Pacific University with 50 points. Whitman College is eight with 44 points, while George Fox University is ninth with 27 points.

The McIlroy-Lewis All-Sports Trophy is named after John Lewis and Jane McIlroy.

Lewis was the baseball coach (1947-72), men's basketball coach (1947-67) and athletic director (1952-72) at Willamette for many years. McIlroy, Linfield College's women's athletic director and physical education professor from 1950-82, coached the Wildcats in field hockey (1952-81), basketball, volleyball, softball and tennis.

The trophy will be awarded at the conclusion of the NWC spring championship season.


2012-13 McIlroy-Lewis
All-Sports Trophy
Current Standings
Through Fall 2012

Parker Bennett won the NWC men's individual cross country title to help Willamette win the team championship.

Parker Bennett won the NWC men's individual cross country title to help Willamette win the team championship.