The Daily Aggie :: 06/02/10

The 2009-2010 WAC athletic season has come to a close and New Mexico State has recorded a third place finish, the school's highest, in the WAC Commissioner's Cup standings. The Aggies finished with 80.75 points, three points behind Fresno State and 11.5 points behind Boise State who won the Cup. The Aggies had previously finished fifth (2008-2009), fifth (2007-2008), eighth (2006-2007) and ninth (2005-2006).

The Aggies won three conference titles, the first ever title for women's cross country, the men's basketball tournament championship, their second in four seasons, and the men's golf tournament title, their third consecutive title and fourth in five years.

The Aggies also had regular season second place finishes in volleyball, baseball, a second place finish at the WAC Tournament in swimming and diving,

Not to take too much away from BSU's accomplishment but it should also be noted that Boise State participates in every sport the WAC competes in except for baseball (18 of 19 sports), giving them a pretty distinct advantage in points accumulation. In fact, there are actually only seven sports in which all nine members of the WAC participate in: women's cross country, women's soccer, volleyball, football, men's basketball, women's basketball, women's golf and men's golf.

If you take the point accumulation from only those seven sports in which all nine members participate in the standings would look like this: 1) Nevada - 57, 2) NM State 49.25, 3) Fresno State 46, 4) Boise State 45.5, 5) Idaho 39.5, 6) Utah State 39, 7) Hawai'i 30.25, 8) Louisiana Tech 29.75, 9) SJSU 24.75

The Aggies were hurt by their last place finish in football, accumulating just 1.5 points. However, NM State won three of the seven postseason championship in those sports (women's cross country, men's basketball and men's golf).

Either way you tally the points, the Aggies did well. A third place finish in the official commisioner's cup and second place finish in the sports that all nine WAC member participate in.