WICHITA, Kan. - Wichita State is the 2010-11 Missouri Valley Conference all-sports champion, and has won six of the past eight MVC All-Sports crowns (2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2008-09, and 2010-11), Director of Athletics Eric Sexton announced today.
The Shockers, who have also won the All-Sports title two of the last three seasons, claimed a league-best five sport championships in 2010-11 and edged Missouri State and Illinois State in the all-sports rankings.
"Winning the MVC All-Sports Trophy has been the priority for many years of all of our student-athletes, coaches, administrative staff and outstanding fans," said Director of Athletics Eric Sexton. "Winning six in the last eight years is a tribute to everyone associated with Wichita State athletics who played a key role in the achievement. It is the result of our commitment to excellence throughout all our sport programs."
Wichita State's aggregate score of 2.733 is the third best all-time (since 1992-93 when women's and men's sports began competing under the same umbrella and the current point system was put in place). A school has had an aggregate point total better than 3.0 (average finish of each sponsored sport) five times since 1993-94.
With a league-best 18 total All-Sports titles, WSU has also been runner-up nine times, the last time being the 2009-10 season. The Shockers finished third in 2008.
Either Illinois State, Missouri State or Wichita State, meanwhile, has earned the league's All-Sports Championship Trophy every year since 1995.
Wichita State had an aggregate score of 2.733 this season and earned team titles in women's cross country, women's indoor track and field, men's golf, women's tennis and women's outdoor track & field. The Shockers finished second or third in seven other sports.
Missouri State placed second in the All-Sports Trophy rankings with a score of 3.346 and had team titles in men's basketball and women's swimming and diving. Illinois State finished third in the all-sports race with a score of 3.441.
The All-Sports Trophy is based on a school's average finish in each of the sponsored championships by the Missouri Valley Conference. Teams are awarded one point for first, two for second, three for third, etc., and the total accumulated points are divided by the number of sports in which a particular school competes. Finishes in baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball are based on regular-season competition. All other sports are determined by finish at the championship tournament or championship meet.