MADISON, Wis. (Blugolds.com) – The UW-Eau Claire Athletics program finished in second place in the 2012-13 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) All-Sports Award. The women took second while the men were fifth to give the Blugolds a combined second-place finish.
On the women’s side, softball and cross country gave the Blugolds the most points after winning WIAC titles. Eau Claire finished with 46.5 points while UW-Whitewater won with 47.5. UW-Oshkosh was third with 40 points.
For the men, they went from sixth place a year ago with 25 points to fifth place with 31 points this season. Two years ago, the men scored 19 points to take seventh place. UW-La Crosse and UW-Whitewater shared first place with 37 points each.
In the combined award, UW-Whitewater won with 87 points while the Blugolds took second with 80.5. UW-La Crosse was third with 74.5.
The three All-Sports Awards are given annually by the conference. Points for the awards are given according to the final conference standings in each sport on a 9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis, or 8-7-6, etc., depending on how many schools compete in each sport. Either (but not both) indoor or outdoor track & field are included in the calculations, and the awards are determined on the basis of the lowest number of sports offered by any WIAC institution in each category.