Sky Broncos' finish upgraded to second place
May 12, 2004
Battle Creek, Mich.--It's official. Western Michigan University's Sky Broncos finished second out of 31 competing schools at the 2004 National Intercollegiate Flying Association Championship, held April 27 to May 1 at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
According to Sky Bronco head coach Tom Grossman, results announced at the event's concluding banquet and shared with media were incomplete and did not include the outcome of one of the competition's ground events in which WMU pilots placed second. In an unusual competition development, corrected results were announced by NIFA officials May 8, and all official standings were adjusted. The final results put WMU in second place, behind the event winner, the University of North Dakota, but ahead of the team previously thought to have taken second place, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott.
"The third-place finish was tough for my team to swallow," said Grossman. "We knew immediately that something was wrong, but everyone of those disappointed kids handled the mistake with real grace and sportsmanship. In some ways, it was their best showing. I couldn't be more proud of them."
This makes 13 years in a row that the WMU Sky Broncos have placed in the top three at the national championship.
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