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Bronco women bring home Jacoby Trophy

June 1, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has won the Jacoby Trophy for having the Mid-American Conference's best overall records among women's teams during 2005-06.

Named for former MAC Commissioner Fred Jacoby, the trophy is awarded based on team finishes in each women's sport. Eight of 10 WMU women's teams finished fourth or higher for their respective sports, and the Broncos grabbed first-place regular-season finishes in three sports--gymnastics, softball and tennis.

"We are so honored to receive this year's Jacoby Trophy, and we are very proud of our coaches, student-athletes and entire athletic staff for their dedication over the past year," said WMU Director of Athletics Kathy Beauregard.

This is the first Jacoby Trophy for the Broncos since the 1980s, when WMU took the women's top honors four years in a row, 1984 to 1987. Western's women have finished runner-up in the Jacoby standings three times, including one year ago.

The Bronco men finished fourth among the 12 conference members in the standings for the men's all-sports award, the Reese Trophy. Kent State University won this year's men's trophy and finished second in the point totals for the women's award. WMU last claimed the Reese Trophy in 1998.

Kent State and WMU are the only schools among the top four in both the men's and women's overall totals.

Media contact: Daniel Jankowski, (269) 387-4138, daniel.jankowski@wmich.edu

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