The end of May basically signals the end of the Mountain West Conference sports season. Under normal circumstances, the MWC champions may still be playing in the NCAA baseball and softball tournaments or just concluded. However, no MWC team has competed in any sport in over two months. Regardless, the start of the summer months is when we review each sport by listing the regular season and conference champion.
Last year we built on simply recapping each champion by crowning one school the conference champion of all sports from this past season based on some uncomplicated scoring system. Doing so crowned Fresno State the 2019 all-sports MWC champion.
This year, we unfortunately will not be able to truly name a champion of all sports, as not every sport was played this year in the MWC. We will only be able to look at fall and winter sports for our decision.
The scoring isn’t a perfect science, and keep in mind it’s all for fun. Don’t get bent out of shape if the team you don’t like scored higher than the team you do like. But if you have an idea for different scoring, feel free to share. We are a blog site doing blog site things, and that involves making up a weighted point system to crown a hypothetical all-sport champion. If it’s not your thing, it’s cool if you move on to the next post.
(All champions based on listed info from MWC official site)
Not trying to offend any sports, but some should carry more weight than others. The MWC sponsors 18 sports. Each sport will be split into three tiers. Football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, and softball will all be worth 3 points. The second level will consist of volleyball, and women’s soccer, accounting for two points. The rest will all worth one point. For sports that have regular season and conference tourney champs, each will get full points. Same with ties.
Men’s Cross Country:
- Utah State (tourney) 1
Women’s Cross Country:
- New Mexico (tourney) 1
- Boise State, San Diego State (tie, regular season) 2
- Boise State (tourney) 2
- Colorado State (regular season) 2
- Boise State (title game) 3
Women’s Swimming and Diving:
- San Diego State (tourney) 1
Men’s Indoor Track and Field:
- Colorado State (tourney) 1
Women’s Indoor Track and Field:
- UNLV (tourney) 1
- Fresno State (regular season) 2
- Boise State (tourney) 2
- San Diego State (regular season) 2
- Utah State (tourney) 2
(regular season) 1 (tourney) 1
(regular season) 3
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field:
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field:
(regular season) 3 (tourney) 3
(number of championships in parentheses)
- Boise State: 9 (4)
- San Diego State: 5 (2)
- Colorado State: 3 (2)
- Utah State: 3 (2)
- Fresno State: 2 (1)
- UNLV: 1 (1)
- New Mexico: 1 (1)
This year, 16 total points were left on the board. Or I suppose COVID-19 earned those 16 points.
As shown above, 7 of the 11 full members captured a championship in a sport this year. As shown above, the top four won multiple titles, and that made the difference in the rankings. With the scoring differential, it pays to win the bigger sports (football, basketball, soccer).
The Boise State Broncos are the 2020 all-sport champions!