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Cougars Earn National, Conference Success in 2004-05

NCAA Pole Vault Champion Robison Pratt was one of 423 BYU student-athletes to be honored for outstanding athletic or academic achivement during the 2004-05 season. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

Click on the PDF link above to see a complete list of BYU team finishes and individual awards from the 2004-05 sesason.

PROVO -- More than 400 BYU student-athletes were honored for their achievements on the field and in the classroom during the 2004-05 season to help the Cougars finish the year as the top-rated overall athletics program from a non-BCS conference, ranked No. 27 nationally.

BYU was crowned the Mountain West Conference champion in a league-high eight of the MWC-sponsored 19 sports. UNLV was the MWC's top program in four sports, followed by New Mexico (3), Utah (2), Colorado State (1) and San Diego State (1). Including regular-season titles, BYU had nine teams make a claim on a conference title, followed by Utah with seven and UNLV with five.

The Cougars were well represented nationally as 13 BYU teams earned a top-25 national ranking in 2004-05, with six teams advancing to a top-10 finish.

The men's golf and men's track and field teams both achieved a No. 4 NCAA placement, while the men's cross country team finished No. 5. Other NCAA finishes included women's indoor track and field (No. 6), women's cross country (No. 8), women's outdoor track and field (No. 10), women's gymnastics (No. 11), men's indoor track and field (No. 15), women's tennis (tied No. 17), women's golf (No. 24) and women's softball (tied No. 33). The softball team earned its first-ever national ranking in the final regular-season poll at No. 25, while men's swimming was ranked No. 23 and women's tennis No. 21 in their final polls.

When the final points for the 2004-05 Sports Academy Directors' Cup were awarded, BYU was recognized as the No. 27-rated overall athletics program in the country. BYU's No. 27 finish is two spots higher than its No. 29 ranking in 2003-04. Six of the eight Mountain West Conference schools this past season finished among the top-100 Division I programs, with New Mexico placing 48th, Utah 55th, UNLV 62nd, Air Force 84th and Colorado State 85th.

The individual honors received by BYU student-athletes more than complement the program's overall success of the year. The Cougars placed a conference-high 249 student-athletes on the Academic All-Mountain West Conference teams. BYU's 71 MWC Scholar-Athletes was second to New Mexico's 86, and two-sport (volleyball and track) athlete Lindsey Metcalf represented BYU as the MWC Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year recipient. Track's Nate Robison received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, and track athletes Robison Pratt (pole vault) and Rodrigo Mendes (triple jump) both won individual national titles.

In all, 423 BYU student-athletes received 903 awards during the 2004-05 season and seven Cougar coaches were honored with nine awards. BYU athletes earned 40 All-America citations while 10 Cougars were recognized as the top performer in the conference and six were named the top freshman in their sport.

Women's golf coach Sue Nyhus, women's tennis coach Craig Manning, men's cross country coach Ed Eyestone, men's track coach Mark Robison and women's track coach Craig Poole were selected by their peers as the MWC Coach of the Year. Robison earned the award for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, while Poole shared the honor during the indoor season. Women's cross country coach Patrick Shane, who serves as a track assistant coach for distance runners, was named the NCAA Division I West Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year. Women's swimming assistant coach Shari Skabelund was named the BYU Assistant Coach of the Year, while Eyestone was named the BYU Head Coach of the Year.

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