WKU track and field claims athletic department’s 75th and 76th Sun Belt titles since 1999-2000

15 05 2011

Per WKU:
The pair of conference championships won by the Western Kentucky University men’s and women’s outdoor track teams in Murfreesboro, Tenn. on Sunday marked the 75th and 76th overall team Sun Belt Conference championships captured by WKU’s 19 athletic teams since the 1999-2000 school year. Fourteen separate sports have contributed to the 76 total championships, 12 sports have won multiple titles, and eight sports have won five or more titles. The 76 championships are 34 more than the next closest Sun Belt Conference school, Middle Tennessee (42).

Sun Belt Conference Championships Since 2000 (Regular Season and Tournament)
WKU – 76
Middle Tennessee – 42
South Alabama – 33
Louisiana-Lafayette – 32
Denver – 27

“This is a tremendous achievement to win 76 championships in a 12-year span,” said WKU Director of Athletics Ross Bjork. “Perhaps even more impressive is these championships have been won while we have simultaneously excelled academically, as 85% of our student-athletes who have completed their
eligibility during this time frame have graduated. Our student-athletes and coaches are to be congratulated for this noteworthy achievement, and the tireless contributions behind the scenes of many in our athletic and university administration are also to be commended. We are very proud and will continue to showcase the perfect blend of academic and athletic success we have here at WKU.”

76 WKU Sun Belt Conference Championships By Sport

Men’s Basketball – 11

Volleyball – 10

Women’s Cross Country – 8

Women’s Swimming and Diving – 8

Women’s Basketball – 7

Women’s Indoor Track and Field – 6

Men’s Outdoor Track and Field – 6

Women’s Outdoor Track and Field – 6

Men’s Swimming and Diving – 4

Baseball – 3

Men’s Cross Country – 3

Men’s Indoor Track and Field – 2

Men’s Golf – 1

Women’s Soccer – 1

The women’s track program at WKU captured the program’s 17th consecutive title and have also joined an elite list of schools in winning five consecutive triple crowns (cross country, indoor track and outdoor track titles in the same season). According to research conducted by the WKU Athletic Media Relations Department in conjunction with the USTFCCCA, there have only been only two other NCAA Division I women’s programs to win five or more consecutive conference triple crowns:

Appalachian State – six in Southern Conference – 1987-88, 1988-89,
1989-90,1990-91,1991-92,1992-93;

BYU – eight – five as member of the Western Athletic Conference 1994-95,
1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98, 1998-99), followed by three more in the school’s
first three years in the Mountain West (1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02.

Year By Year WKU Sun Belt Conference Championships Since 1999-2000

1999-2000 Championships (1)
Women’s Cross Country

2000-01 Championships (4)
Men’s Basketball (Regular Season and Tournament)
Volleyball (East Division)
Women’s Swimming and Diving

2001-02 Championships (4)
Men’s Basketball (Regular Season and Tournament)
Volleyball (Regular Season)
Women’s Swimming and Diving

2002-03 Championships (8)
Men’s Basketball (Regular Season and Tournament)
Women’s Basketball (Regular Season and Tournament)
Volleyball (Regular Season and Tournament)
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

2003-04 Championships (7)
Women’s Basketball (East Division)
Volleyball (East Division)
Baseball
Men’s Cross Country
Women’s Cross Country
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

2004-05 Championships (5)
Women’s Basketball (Regular Season)
Volleyball (East Division)
Women’s Cross Country
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Women’s Swimming and Diving

2005-06 Championships (9)
Men’s Basketball (Regular Season)
Women’s Basketball (Regular Season)
Volleyball (Regular Season and Tournament)
Men’s Cross Country
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Men’s Golf
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

2006-07 Championships (5)
Volleyball (East Division)
Women’s Cross Country
Men’s Swimming and Diving
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

2007-08 Championships (12)
Baseball (Tournament)
Soccer
Men’s Basketball (East Division and Tournament)
Women’s Basketball (Regular Season and Tournament)
Women’s Cross Country
Women’s Swimming
Men’s Indoor Track and Field
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

2008-09 Championships (10)
Baseball
Men’s Basketball (Regular Season and Tournament)
Men’s Cross Country
Women’s Cross Country
Women’s Swimming
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field
Volleyball (Tournament)

2009-10 Championships (7)
Women’s Cross Country
Men’s Swimming
Women’s Swimming
Men’s Indoor Track and Field
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field

2010-11 Championships (4)
Women’s Cross Country
Women’s Indoor Track and Field
Women’s Outdoor Track and Field
Men’s Outdoor Track and Field

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