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Mountain West Conference
(MW)
Mountain West Conference logo
Established 1999
Association NCAA
Division Division I FBS
Members 11
(plus 2 associates)
Sports fielded 18 (men's: eight; women's: ten)
Region Western United States
Headquarters Colorado Springs, Colorado
Commissioner Craig Thompson (since 1999)
Website themw.com
Locations
Mountain West Conference locations

The Mountain West Conference (MW) is one of the collegiate athletic conferences affiliated with the NCAA Division I FBS (formerly I-A). The MW officially began operations in July 1999. Geographically, the MW covers a broad expanse of the Western United States, with member schools located in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. Craig Thompson has served as Commissioner of the MW since its founding in 1999.

The charter members of the MW included the U.S. Air Force Academy, Brigham Young University, Colorado State University, San Diego State University, the University of New Mexico, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, the University of Utah, and the University of Wyoming. Before forming the Mountain West Conference, seven of its eight charter members had been longtime members of the Western Athletic Conference. Half of these had been charter members of that conference from 1962. Overall, each school that has ever been either a full or football-only member of the MW spent at least three years in the Western Athletic Conference before joining the Mountain West. The 2013–14 academic year was the 15th anniversary season of the MW.

History[edit]

Locations of Mountain West Conference members.

The WAC expanded from 10 to 16 schools for the 1996 academic year, absorbing three teams from the defunct Southwest ConferenceRice University, Southern Methodist University, and Texas Christian University — adding two from the Big West ConferenceSan Jose State University and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas — and also bringing in the University of Tulsa, an NCAA football independent and otherwise a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. However, the expanded WAC was soon wracked by tension between the established and new members.[1] The final straw came in spring 1998, when Brigham Young University and the University of Utah proposed a permanent split into two eight-team divisions. Previously, the WAC's 16 teams had been divided into four four-team "quadrants," two of which rotated between the Mountain and Pacific Divisions every two years. A two-division setup would have forced some schools into an unnatural alignment because of the geographic distribution of the conference.[1] The U.S. Air Force Academy was the most strident opponent of this proposal, threatening to become an independent.[1] Soon after the proposal by BYU and Utah, the presidents of Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, Utah, and Wyoming met at Denver International Airport to discuss their future, and they agreed to break away from the WAC to form a new conference.[1]

They invited the WAC members New Mexico, San Diego State, and UNLV, to join them in what became the Mountain West Conference. The next move for the MW came in 2005, when the conference added TCU, who had spent the previous four seasons in Conference USA.

On June 11, 2010, Boise State University agreed to join the conference as its tenth member. On June 17, 2010, Utah announced it would be leaving the Mountain West to join what would become the Pacific-12 Conference. On August 18, 2010, amidst rumors that Brigham Young was considering leaving the Mountain West to go independent in football and rejoin the Western Athletic Conference in all other sports, the Mountain West Conference officially extended invitations to California State University, Fresno and the University of Nevada, Reno. Fresno State and Nevada accepted and would become the tenth and eleventh members of the league.[2][3] BYU announced on August 31, 2010 that it would leave the Mountain West Conference and go Independent in football and become a member of the West Coast Conference (WCC) in other sports starting in 2011.[4] On November 29, 2010, Texas Christian University announced all athletic teams would move to the Big East Conference effective in 2012.[5] (Less than a year later, on October 10, 2011, TCU announced it would not join the Big East but would join the Big 12, home to fellow former SWC members Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, and formerly Texas A&M, in 2012 instead.)[6] On December 10, 2010, the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa accepted a bid to become the 10th member of the conference for football only.[7] These changes would leave the Mountain West Conference with 10 teams for the 2012 football season.

The MW champion has qualified for a BCS bowl four times since the BCS formula was tweaked to allow non-BCS conferences to play in BCS bowls if ranked in the top 12; however, two of the three schools that qualified are no longer with the conference.

On October 14, 2011, the Mountain West and Conference USA announced a plan for a football only alliance.[8] On February 13, 2012, the Mountain West and Conference USA (C-USA) announced that both conferences would be dissolving after the 2012-2013 season to reform into one conference with at least 15 members for all sports, and a 16th team, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as a football-only member.[9] However, when the two conferences discussed their plans with the NCAA, they were told that due to NCAA rules, they would forfeit substantial revenues. Specifically, the new conference would receive only one automatic bid to NCAA championships; at least one of the former conferences would lose future revenue distributions from the NCAA men's basketball tournament; and at least one former conference would not be able to collect exit fees from any members that departed to join the new conference.[10] As a result, the Mountain West and C-USA backed away from a full merger. In late March of that year, the commissioners of both conferences stated that all 16 schools had entered into binding agreements to form a new "association",[11] although the Mountain West and C-USA would have apparently remained separate legal entities.[10] In the end, this alliance never materialized due to both conferences soon adding new teams.

On May 2, 2012, San Jose State and Utah State agreed to join the conference for the 2013-14 academic year. On December 31 of that year, Boise State announced that it had backed out of its previously announced move to the Big East for football and the Big West for other sports, and would remain in the MW.[12]

On January 16, 2013, San Diego State accepted an offer to remain/return to the Mountain West Conference in all sports. Keeping SDSU in the conference gives the Mountain West 12 football members, allowing for a Championship Game to be held. The first championship game took place on December 7, 2013.[13]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined
United States Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, Colorado 1954 4,417 Falcons           1999
Boise State University Boise, Idaho 1932 21,179 Broncos           2011
California State University, Fresno Fresno, California 1911 25,613 Bulldogs           2012
Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado 1870 31,256 Rams           1999
University of Nevada, Reno Reno, Nevada 1874 18,004 Wolf Pack           2012
University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas, Nevada 1957 29,069 Rebels           1999
University of New Mexico Albuquerque, New Mexico 1889 35,211 Lobos           1999
San Diego State University San Diego, California 1897 33,790 Aztecs           1999
San Jose State University San Jose, California 1857 33,805 Spartans                2013
Utah State University Logan, Utah 1888 28,994 Aggies                2013
University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyoming 1886 12,496 Cowboys
&
Cowgirls
          1999

Affiliate members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Enrollment Nickname Colors Joined Sport Primary
conference
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado 1874 2,011 Tigers           2014 soccer (W) Southern Collegiate
(NCAA D-III)
University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Honolulu, Hawai'i 1907 20,135 Rainbow Warriors           2012 football Big West

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Founded Nickname Joined Left Current
conference
Brigham Young University Provo, Utah 1875 Cougars 1999 2011 West Coast /
Independent (football only)
Texas Christian University Fort Worth, Texas 1873 Horned Frogs 2005 2012 Big 12
University of Utah Salt Lake City, Utah 1850 Utes 1999 2011 Pac-12

Membership timeline[edit]

Colorado College Utah State University San Jose State University University of Nevada, Reno University of Hawaii at Manoa California State University, Fresno Boise State University Texas Christian University University of Wyoming University of Utah San Diego State University University of New Mexico University of Nevada, Las Vegas Colorado State University Brigham Young University United States Air Force Academy

 Full members   Associate members (football only)   Associate members (other) 

Sports[edit]

The Mountain West Conference sponsors championship competition in eight men's and ten women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[14] Hawai'i is only an associate member for football, and Colorado College is only an associate member for women's soccer.

Men's sports[edit]

Member Baseball Basketball Cross
country
Football Golf Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Total
MW
Sports
Air Force Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Boise State Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Fresno State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Colorado State Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Nevada Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 5
UNLV Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 5
New Mexico Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
San Diego State Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN 5
San Jose State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Red XN Red XN 5
Utah State Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 7
Wyoming Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 6
Totals 7 11 8 11 11 8 7 7 70
Affiliate Members
Hawai'i Green tickY 1

Men's varsity sports not sponsored by the Mountain West Conference which are played by current full MW members:

School Fencing[a 1] Gymnastics Ice
hockey
Lacrosse Rifle[a 2] Skiing[a 3] Soccer Swimming
& diving
Water
polo
Wrestling
Air Force Independent MPSF Atlantic Hockey Independent[a 4] PRC WAC WAC WWPA WWC
Boise State Pac-12
Nevada PRC
UNLV WAC WAC
New Mexico RMISA C-USA
San Diego State Pac-12
San Jose State WAC
Wyoming WAC WWC
  1. ^ Fencing is officially a coeducational team sport, although a few schools field only a women's team. Air Force, like most NCAA fencing schools, has a coed team.
  2. ^ Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Air Force and Nevada both field coed teams.
  3. ^ Skiing is officially a coeducational team sport.
  4. ^ Air Force men's lacrosse will compete as an independent in the 2015 season following the collapse of the ECAC Lacrosse League. After that season, Air Force will become a single-sport member of the Southern Conference.[15]

Women's sports[edit]

Member Basketball Cross
country
Golf Soccer Softball Swimming
& diving
Tennis Track
& Field
Indoor
Track
& Field
Outdoor
Volleyball Total
MW
Sports
Air Force Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Boise State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Fresno State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Colorado State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
Nevada Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
UNLV Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
New Mexico Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
San Diego State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 10
San Jose State Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY 9
Utah State Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 8
Wyoming Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Red XN Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY Green tickY 9
Totals 11 11 9 11 9 10 11 10 11 11 104
Affiliate Members
Colorado College Green tickY 1

Women's varsity sports not sponsored by the Mountain West Conference which are played by current full MW members:

School Equestrian Fencing[b 1] Gymnastics Lacrosse Rifle[b 2] Rowing Sand
volleyball
Skiing[b 3] Water
polo
Air Force Independent MPSF PRC
Boise State Mountain Rim Independent
Fresno State Independent MPSF
Colorado State WWPA
Nevada PRC
New Mexico Independent RMISA
San Diego State MPSF American Golden Coast
San Jose State MPSF NCSVC MPSF
Utah State Mountain Rim
  1. ^ Fencing is officially a coeducational team sport, although a few schools field only a women's team. Air Force, like most NCAA fencing schools, has a coed team with men's and women's squads.
  2. ^ Rifle is technically a men's sport, but men's, women's, and coed teams all compete against each other. Air Force and Nevada both field coed teams.
  3. ^ Skiing is officially a coeducational sport with teams having men's and women's squads.

Conference champions[edit]

Rivalries[edit]

Conference (football)[edit]

Teams Rivalry name Trophy Meetings
(last)
Record Series
leader
Air Force Colorado State Air Force-Colorado State rivalry Ram-Falcon Trophy 52
(2013)
31–20–1 Air Force
Hawai'i Air Force-Hawai'i football rivalry Kuter Trophy 19
(2012)
12–6–1 Air Force
Boise State Fresno State Battle of the Milk Can Milk Can 16
(2013)
11–5 Boise State
Nevada Boise State–Nevada football rivalry 41
(2014)
28–13 Boise State
Fresno State Boise State Battle of the Milk Can Milk Can 16
(2013)
5–11 Boise State
Hawai'i Fresno State-Hawai'i football rivalry 46
(2013)
24–21–1 Fresno State
San Diego State Battle for the Oil Can Old Oil Can 54
(2014)
23–27–4 San Diego State
San Jose State Fresno State–San Jose State football rivalry Valley Cup 77
(2013)
39–35–3 Fresno State
Colorado State Air Force Air Force-Colorado State rivalry Ram-Falcon Trophy 52
(2013)
20–31–1 Air Force
Wyoming Border War Bronze Boot 105
(2013)
56–44–5 Colorado State
Hawai'i Air Force Air Force-Hawai'i football rivalry Kuter Trophy 19
(2012)
6–12–1 Air Force
Fresno State Fresno State-Hawai'i football rivalry 46
(2013)
21–24–1 Fresno State
Wyoming Hawai'i-Wyoming football rivalry Paniolo Trophy 21
(2013)
8–13 Wyoming
Nevada Boise State Boise State–Nevada football rivalry 41
(2014)
13–28 Boise State
UNLV Battle for Nevada Fremont Cannon 39
(2013)
23–16 Nevada
UNLV Nevada Battle for Nevada Fremont Cannon 39
(2013)
16–23 Nevada
San Diego State Fresno State Battle for the Oil Can Old Oil Can 54
(2014)
27–23–4 San Diego State
San Jose State El Camino Real Rivalry 37
(2013)
16–19–2 San Jose State
San Jose State Fresno State Fresno State–San Jose State football rivalry Valley Cup 77
(2013)
35–39–3 Fresno State
San Diego State El Camino Real Rivalry 37
(2013)
19–16–2 San Jose State
Utah State Wyoming Bridger's Battle Bridger Rifle 64
(2013)
36–24–4 Utah State
Wyoming Colorado State Border War Bronze Boot 105
(2013)
44–56–5 Colorado State
Hawai'i Hawai'i-Wyoming football rivalry Paniolo Trophy 21
(2013)
13–8 Wyoming
Utah State Bridger's Battle Bridger Rifle 64
(2013)
24–36–4 Utah State

Non-conference (including other sports)[edit]

Schools First
meeting
Game Trophy Reigning champion
(last meeting)
Next
meeting
Air Force / Army / Navy 1972 Commander-in-Chief's Trophy Navy
(2013)
2014
Boise State Idaho 1971 Battle of Idaho Governor's Cup Boise State
(2010)
Fresno State Louisiana Tech 2001 Battle for the Bone Louisiana Tech
(2011)
Colorado State Colorado 1893 Rocky Mountain Showdown Centennial Cup Colorado State
(2014)
2015
New Mexico Arizona 1908 Kit Carson Rifle New Mexico
(2008)
New Mexico New Mexico State 1894 Battle of Interstate 25 Rio Grande Rivalry New Mexico
(2013)
2014
New Mexico Texas–El Paso 1919 Rio Grande Championship Texas–El Paso
(2014)
San Diego State Brigham Young 1947 BYU–San Diego State football rivalry Brigham Young
(2012)
San Jose State Stanford 1900 Bill Walsh Legacy Game Stanford
(2013)
Utah State / Brigham Young / Utah 1971 Beehive Boot Utah
(2013)
2014
Utah State Brigham Young 1922 Battle for The Old Wagon Wheel The Old Wagon Wheel Brigham Young
(2013)
2014
Utah State Utah 1892 Battle of the Brothers Utah
(2013)
2015

Football[edit]

Divisions[edit]

Beginning in 2013, the conference split into two divisions, named the "Mountain Division" and "West Division," of six teams each for football. The Mountain West also added a conference championship game, pitting the winners of the two divisions. This first championship game took place on December 7, 2013 at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California, the home stadium of Fresno State, the divisional winner with the higher BCS ranking.[16] Each team plays five divisional games and three cross-divisional contests annually.[17]

Mountain Division West Division
Air Force Fresno State
Boise State Hawaiʻi
Colorado State Nevada
New Mexico UNLV
Utah State San Diego State
Wyoming San Jose State

No other MW sport is split into divisions — not even women's soccer, the only other conference sport with 12 competing schools (with Colorado College as the 12th member).

Bowl games[edit]

The Mountain West Conference will have agreements with the following bowls for 2014–15:

  • The MW champion will receive an automatic berth in one of the five "access bowls" associated with the College Football Playoff if it is the highest-ranked non-automatic qualifying conference champion. The four berths in the CFP itself are determined by the CFP selection committee; other "access bowl" berths are either reserved for champions of "Power Five" conferences (i.e., the ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC, with Notre Dame also on a potential shortlist) or chosen by the committee.
Pick Name Location Opposing
conference
Opposing
pick
1 Las Vegas Bowl Las Vegas, Nevada Pac-12 5
2 Poinsettia Bowl San Diego, California Army (2013)
3 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Boise, Idaho MAC (2013) 3, –
4 New Mexico Bowl Albuquerque, New Mexico Pac-12 7
5 Hawai'i Bowl Honolulu, Hawaii C-USA 2
6 New Orleans Bowl New Orleans, Louisiana Sun Belt 3

If Hawai'i is bowl eligible and not MW champions or selected for a CFP bowl, they will receive a berth in the Hawai'i Bowl.

Bowl records[edit]

School Appearances W L T Win
%
BCS National
championships
Fresno State 25 12 13 0 .480 0-0 0
Air Force 23 10 12 1 .457 0-0 0
Boise State 14 9 5 0 .643 2-0 2 - 1958 (NJCAA), 1980 (NCAA Division I-AA [18])
Colorado State 13 6 7 0 .462 0-0 0
Nevada 13 4 9 0 .308 0-0 0
Wyoming 13 6 7 0 .462 0-0 0
New Mexico 11 3 7 1 .318 0-0 0
Hawaiʻi 10 5 5 0 .500 0-1 0
San Jose State 9 6 3 0 .667 0-0 0
San Diego State 12 6 6 0 .500 0-0 3 - 1966-1968 (NCAA College Division [19])
Utah State 9 3 6 0 .333 0-0 0
UNLV 3 3 1 0 .750 0-0 0

Bowl Challenge Cup[edit]

ESPN created the Bowl Challenge Cup in 2002 for the conference that had the best college football bowl record among Division I Football Bowl Subdivision conferences. The conference has won it four times, more than any other. They finished 4-1 in bowl games in 2011, the best record out of all conferences.[20]

Men's Basketball[edit]

From the 2009-10 season to the 2012-13 season, the Mountain West and Missouri Valley Conferences held an annual challenge series. It involved all members of the MW and an equal number of the 10 MVC teams in basketball. The first game was on November 13, 2009, featuring the Bradley Braves and the BYU Cougars in Provo and it concluded on December 23 with the Wyoming Cowboys visiting the Northern Iowa Panthers in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The challenge was similar to the ACC-Big Ten Challenge, which pits men's basketball teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big Ten Conference.[27] The series ended after the 2012–13 season when the original contract was not renewed.

NCAA tournament records[edit]

School Appearances W L Win
%
Wins per
appearance
National
championships
UNLV 20 33 19 .635 1.737 1 (1990)
Utah State 20 6 22 .214 0.300 0
New Mexico 15 8 16 .333 0.545 0
Wyoming 14 9 19 .321 0.643 1 (1943)
Colorado State 10 4 11 .267 0.375 0
San Diego State 10 5 10 .333 0.444 0
Boise State 6 0 6 .000 0.000 0
Nevada 6 4 6 .400 0.667 0
Fresno State 5 2 5 .286 0.400 0
Air Force 4 0 4 .000 0.000 0
San Jose State 3 0 3 .000 0.000 0

Women's Basketball[edit]

NCAA tournament records[edit]

School Appearances W L Win
%
Wins per
appearance
National
championships
San Diego State 9 6 9 .400 0.571 0
UNLV 8 3 8 .273 0.375 0
New Mexico 8 3 8 .273 0.375 0
Fresno State 6 0 6 .000 0.000 0
Colorado State 5 5 5 .500 1.000 0
Boise State 2 0 2 .000 0.000 0
Wyoming 1 0 1 .000 0.000 0
Air Force 0 0 0 0.000 0
Nevada 0 0 0 0.000 0
San Jose State 0 0 0 0.000 0
Utah State 0 0 0 0.000 0

Facilities[edit]

School Football
stadium
Capacity Basketball
arena
Capacity Baseball
stadium
Capacity
Air Force Falcon Stadium 52,480 Clune Arena 5,858 Falcon Baseball Field 1,000
Boise State Albertsons Stadium 37,000 Taco Bell Arena 12,480 Non-baseball school
Fresno State Bulldog Stadium 41,031 Save Mart Center 15,544 Pete Beiden Field 5,422
Colorado State Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium 34,400 Moby Arena 8,745 Non-baseball school
Hawai'i Aloha Stadium 50,000 Football-only member
Nevada Mackay Stadium 30,000 Lawlor Events Center 11,784 William Peccole Park 3,000
UNLV Sam Boyd Stadium 36,800 Thomas & Mack Center (men)
Cox Pavilion (women)
18,776
2,500
Earl Wilson Stadium 3,000
New Mexico University Stadium 40,094 The Pit 15,411 Isotopes Park 12,215
San Diego State Qualcomm Stadium 71,400 Viejas Arena 12,414 Tony Gwynn Stadium 3,000
San Jose State Spartan Stadium 30,456 Event Center Arena 5,000 San Jose Municipal Stadium 4,200
Utah State Romney Stadium 25,513 Dee Glen Smith Spectrum 10,270 Non-baseball school
Wyoming War Memorial Stadium 30,514 Arena-Auditorium 15,028 Non-baseball school

Elevation[edit]

The Mountain West's slogan is "Above the rest," and over half of the member institutions, plus women's soccer-only member Colorado College, are at more than 4,000 feet (1,200 metres) above sea level. This impacts endurance in sports like football, soccer, and the distance races in track & field and swimming meets, and aerodynamics in baseball, softball, tennis, golf, and the discus and javelin throws. The Mountain West's institutions have the highest average elevations in NCAA Division I sports.

Campus and football stadium elevations[edit]

Schools in italics are single-sport members. In the case of women's soccer-only member Colorado College, "Stadium Elevation" refers to the school's soccer venue.

School Campus
Elevation (ft)
Stadium
Elevation (ft)
Air Force Academy 7,258 6,621
Wyoming 7,198 7,215
Colorado College 6,053 6,053
New Mexico 5,174 5,100
Colorado State 5,007 5,190
Utah State 4,777 4,710
Nevada 4,564 4,610
Boise State 2,697 2,695
UNLV 2,024 1,600
San Diego State 433 25
Fresno State 338 335
Hawai'i 105 19
San Jose State 85 93

Elevation by conference[edit]

Conference Average
Campus Elevation (ft)
Notes
Mountain West 3,596 3,305 for football schools, including Hawaiʻi
3,801 for women's soccer schools, including Colorado College
Big Sky 2,968
WAC 1,967
Summit League 1,295
Pac 12 1,205

Elevation data obtained from the USGS Geographic Names Information System

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