Athletics News


May 26, 2004

PLANO, Texas - The University of Texas at Arlington, propelled by the first men's basketball championship in 40 years, defended its title to claim the 2003-04 Southland Conference Men's All-Sports Trophy.

UTA tallied 77.5 points to outdistance Texas State's 69.5. Its is the fifth men's alll-sports trophy in the past eight years. In the women's all-sports standings, UTA finished second with 88 points.

UTA (165.5 points) finish second in the 2004 Southland Conference Commissioner's Cup to Texas State (175.5). UTA has finished either first or second since the inception of the Commissioner's Cup during the 1997-98 season. UTA has won the commissioner's cup, which is awarded to the university compiling the highest combined total of men's and women's all-sports points, three times - 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2002-03. The 165.5 points is the fourth highest points total in the Cup's history.

"The fact that we finished in the top four in all but one sport this season is indicative of the quality job our coaches and student-athletes have given this season," said UTA Director of Athletics Pete Carlon said. "I am proud of the fact we continue to be among the top programs in the league and maintain our high academic standards."

UTA captured team championships in men's basketball and women's tennis this year and placed second in men's tennis and women's cross country.

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