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Broncos tops in MAC women's sports, second in men's

by Mat Kanan

June 2, 2011 | WMU News

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University captured its sixth Jacoby Trophy for top women's athletic program in the Mid-American Conference, and the Broncos earned second place in the Reece Trophy standings for men's athletics.

Named for former MAC Commissioner Fred Jacoby, the trophy is awarded based on team finishes in women's sport. WMU competes in nine women's sports, and during 2010-11 won the softball regular season and tournament championships.

Photo of WMU Bronco gymnasics team.
Bronco gymnasts finished third at the MAC tournament
Other highlights of the year in Bronco women's sports include second place at the indoor track and field MAC championship, second in the West Division regular season in volleyball, third at the MAC tournament in gymnastics and third in the regular season in women's tennis.

WMU previously won the Jacoby Trophy in 2006 and four straight years from 1984 to 1987.

The Broncos finished second to Kent State in the standings for the Reese Trophy. Men's basketball won the MAC West Division title, men's soccer finished second in both regular season and the MAC tournament to eventual national champion Akron, and men's tennis won the MAC regular season championship. WMU last claimed the Reece Trophy in 1998.

WMU was the only school to finish in the top one-third of the 12-member conference in both the men's and women's all-sports standings. The Broncos were also among the top four schools in both men's and women's sports in 2006.

2010-11 Reese (men's) Standings
1. Kent State
2. WMU Broncos
3. Miami
4. Akron


2010-11 Jacoby (women's) Standings
1. WMU Broncos
2. Central Michigan
3. Eastern Michigan
4. Toledo