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BYU Leads 2016-17 Commissioner¹s Cup standings entering final month

Women's golf captured the WCC Championship in April to add to BYU's lead in the WCC Commissioner's Cup race. (Photo by Kyle Terada/WCC)

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – With just three West Coast Conference Championships up for grabs in the 2016-17 season, defending champion Brigham Young University extended its lead in the race for the West Coast Conference Commissioner's Cup - awarded annually to the WCC institution garnering the most success during Conference play. 

BYU opened the Spring Season in impressive fashion, sweeping the men’s and women’s golf championships. Following the winter campaign, the Cougars built an eight-point lead against second-place Gonzaga University, 55.0 – 47.0. Now, with women’s rowing, softball and baseball remaining, BYU owns a commanding 17-point lead on surging Pepperdine University, 86.5-69.5.

So far in 2016-17, BYU owns titles in men’s cross country, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s golf. Pepperdine’s surge has been fueled by titles in women’s soccer, women’s tennis and beach volleyball to go along with runner-up showings in men’s and women’s golf and men’s tennis.

Just 5.5 points separate the top-four programs in the men’s all-sport trophy race. BYU owns a 3-point lead on Saint Mary’s College 35.5-32.5, boosted by a men’s golf championship and a top-four finish in men’s tennis. The University of San Francisco is third with 30.5 points, just in front of the University of Portland at 30.0 points.

BYU owns a sizeable lead in the women's all-sports trophy race with 51.0 points, after seizing three championships and two runner-up showings. Pepperdine is a distant second with 45.5 points after capturing two spring titles. 

Overall, the Cougars compiled 86.5 Commissioner's Cup points after the conclusion of the men’s and women’s tennis championships. Pepperdine (69.5) is second, Saint Mary’s (67.0) is third while Loyola Marymount University (65.5) and Gonzaga (64.5) round out the top-five. San Francisco (64.0) is sixth and 1.5 points in front of Bay Area rival Santa Clara (62.5). Portland (62.0), University of San Diego (53.0) and Pacific (39.5) round out the standings. 

The Commissioner's Cup announcement will be released following the WCC Executive Council and Presidents’ Council Meetings June 4-8. The final tally will include softball (May 13), women’s rowing (May 13) and baseball (May 25-27). Following the conclusion of the 2016-17 season, all point values will be recalculated to reflect the top-12 program finishes for each West Coast Conference institution.

BYU captured its fourth Commissioner’s Cup victory last season and swept both the men’s and women’s all-sport trophies. The Cougars ranked No. 33 in the 2016-17 Learfield Sports Director’s Cup Division I Final Winter Standings, updated April 28, 2017. Portland checked in at No. 92.

2016-17 Commissioner's Cup Standings
BYU 86.5
Pepperdine 69.5
Saint Mary’s 67.0
Loyola Marymount 65.5
Gonzaga 64.5
San Francisco 64.0
Santa Clara 62.5
Portland 62.0
San Diego 53.0
Pacific 39.5
Men's All-Sports
BYU 35.5
Saint Mary’s 32.5
San Francisco 30.5
Portland 30.0
Loyola Marymount 25.0
Santa Clara 24.5
Gonzaga 24.0
Pepperdine 24.0
Pacific 22.0
San Diego 22.0
Women's All-Sports
BYU 51.0
Pepperdine 45.5
Gonzaga 40.5
Loyola Marymount 40.5
Santa Clara 38.0
Saint Mary’s 34.5
San Francisco 33.5
Portland 32.0
San Diego 31.0
Pacific 17.5