Men's preview: Western Athletic Conference

Men's preview: Western Athletic Conference

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Men's preview: Western Athletic Conference

Three wins in a season? That hadn’t happened in more than 20 years at San Jose State.

So winning three consecutive events to start the season?

Yep, it caused quite a commotion on campus.

There was a point last fall when the Spartans were the only three-win team in the country. They were ranked in the top 20 nationally. “But I’ve been doing this long enough to know that we’ve got a long way to go,” SJSU coach John Kennaday said at the time. “So I’m kind of withholding my excitement, trying to stay focused on what we’re trying to do here. I don’t feel like it’s time to celebrate just yet.”

Turns out he was right.

San Jose State finished in the middle of the pack at the Pac-12-dominated Alister Mackenzie, a showcase start for the Spartans to show how far they’ve come. Then, at the Herb Wimberley, they were undone by a poor first round and tied for sixth, 41 strokes behind champion UNLV.

Nonetheless, before this season San Jose State had won only one team title since 2005. Now, the Spartans have won three.

And, as the class of the WAC, they’re primed for their second trip to NCAA regionals in the past 15 years.

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Top of the class: San Jose State

Best player this fall: Jay Myers, SJSU

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Past champions

2007: Nevada

2008: New Mexico State

2009: New Mexico State

2010: New Mexico State

2011: New Mexico State

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Conference capsules

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