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Summer 2006 | Volume 29, Number 3 | Athletics

Falcons Win GNAC All-Sports Award

Overall Champions

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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