St. Thomas sweeps MIAC All-Sports Competition

St. Thomas sweeps MIAC All-Sports Competition

St. Paul, Minn. -- The University of St. Thomas has swept the 2007-08 Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Men's and Women's All-Sports Competitions. For the Tommie men, it is their 22nd overall All-Sports Award, and for the St. Thomas women it is the 17th title in the 25-year history of the women's award. The traveling All-Sports Trophy is awarded annually to the institution that accumulates the best all-sports record during the MIAC academic year.

In 2007-08, St. Thomas won four men's championships (basketball, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, and baseball) to top Gustavus 88.5 to 82.5 and claim the George Durenberger Trophy. The Tommies Outdoor Track & Field Championship this past week propelled St. Thomas past Gustavus for the first time all season. Gustavus won team titles in golf, soccer, and tennis and edged out Saint John's by one point for second place. The Johnnies' 81.5 points were followed by St. Olaf (72.5) and Bethel (64) to round out the top five.

St. Thomas won the MIAC Pat Wiesner Women's All-Sports Award after capturing seven MIAC regular season titles. The Tommies won women's championships in volleyball, cross country, golf, basketball, indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, and softball during the 2007-08 season. The Tommies total of 113.5 points is the highest team total since the All-Sports Award altered it's scoring format in 2003-04. Gustavus had 98.5 points and followed St. Thomas by claiming three titles of their own (hockey, swimming & diving, and tennis) and four second place finishes. The Gusties were followed by Saint Benedict (83 points), Concordia (77 points), and Carleton (69 points).

The MIAC All-Sports trophy had its beginning in the 1963-64 school year, when Bob Schabert, who, at the time, covered the MIAC for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, began determining men's all-sports results. The current men's trophy, the George Durenberger Trophy, was donated by Saint John's University beginning in the 1972-73 school year. On the women's side, the Pat Wiesner Trophy, was donated by Macalester College beginning in the 1983-84 school year, a year after women's sports competition began in the MIAC.

Final Men's Standings
1. St. Thomas - 88.5
2. Gustavus - 82.5
3. Saint John's - 81.5
4. St. Olaf - 72.5
5. Bethel - 64
6. Carleton - 60
7. Hamline - 57
8. Concordia - 44.5
9. Augsburg - 31
10. Macalester - 27.5
11. Saint Mary's - 23
Final Women's Standings
1. St. Thomas - 113.5
2. Gustavus - 98.5
3. Saint Benedict - 83
4. Concordia - 77
5. Carleton - 69
6. St. Olaf - 64
7. Hamline - 60
8. Bethel - 59.5
9. Macalester - 43
10. St. Catherine - 38.5
11. Saint Mary's - 37
12. Augsburg - 35

2007-08 MIAC All-Sports Competition