Falcons Win GNAC All-Sports Award
WINNING AN UNPRECEDENTED number of
league championships along the way, Seattle
Pacific University claimed its first Great Northwest
Athletic Conference (GNAC) All-Sports
Award in 2005–06.
When women’s track and field wrested the
GNAC outdoor crown away from Western
Oregon on May 6, 2006, SPU also became
the first school in five years to unseat Western
Washington in the competition of overall
supremacy in the 10-team conference. Altogether,
the Falcons finished first in six different
GNAC sports, setting a league record.
Women’s teams won five of the titles, with
the track/cross country program sweeping the
fall (cross country), winter (indoor track), and
spring (outdoor track). Volleyball and women’s
soccer also won, as did men’s basketball. Gymnastics
garnered a seventh championship, albeit
in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Buoyed by the league championships and
the participation of seven programs in NCAA
championships, Seattle Pacific rose to 19th in
the Director’s Cup standings, a national allsports
competition. Six programs finished
among the nation’s top 20, led by the runnersup
in women’s soccer and men’s basketball.
Individually, SPU athletes earned 54 allconference,
12 all-region, 12 All-American,
and five conference Athlete of the Year awards
in 2005–06. Seattle Pacific also celebrated its
first-ever national Athlete of the Year, Shannon
Lovejoy (women’s soccer), followed by
the same award for Jaynie Reynolds (gymnastics),
and Chris Randolph (track and field).
On the academic side, the Falcons earned
73 academic all-conference, eight academic allregion,
and three academic All-American citations.
Seattle Pacific is seeking its third straight
GNAC academic all-sports crown as well.
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