ST. LOUIS -- Wichita State is the 2012-13 Missouri Valley Conference all-sports champion. It marks the seventh crown in the past 10 years for Wichita State, which has a league best 19 all-time.
Wichita State finished in the Top 3 in 14 of the 15 sports it sponsors (with softball the lone exception). The Shockers won four team championships (women’s basketball, women’s indoor track & field, men’s golf, and women’s tennis) and finished second in eight others.
Creighton (5) and Wichita State (4) combined for nine of the league’s championships (shared or outright titles), but eight different institutions won at least one league championship this year. Illinois State (3) and Indiana State (3) were next best. Creighton’s five titles tied for the third best in 21 years. Only twice since 1992-93 (merger of MVC men’s and women’s sports) has an institution had more than five team titles.
Either Illinois State, Missouri State or Wichita State, meanwhile, has earned the league’s all-sports championship trophy every year since 1995. Illinois State won five of six all-sports championships from 1996-2001, while Missouri State claimed the league’s trophy in 2001-02, 2002-03 and in 2011-12. Illinois State, meanwhile, continued its phenomenal streak by finishing in the Top 5 of the all-sports trophy race for a 31st-straight year. The Redbirds finished second in 2012-13.
2012-13 TOP-FIVE FINISHERS
Pts. Team (Championships)
2.300 Wichita State (4)
3.382 Illinois State (3)
4.375 Southern Illinois (1)
4.615 Indiana State (3)
4.846 Creighton (5)
Wichita State set a record with its aggregate score this year (2.300). Counting Wichita State this year, a school has had an aggregate point total better than 3.0 (average finish of each sponsored sport) eight times since 1993-94. Illinois State’s 2.47 score in 1996-97 was the previous league standard.
Illinois State finished second in the all-sports race with a score of 3.38. ISU, which has 12 all-sports crowns have finished first, second, or third in 22 of the past 23 years. ISU had titles in women’s cross country, women’s golf and baseball.
With a score of 4.38, Southern Illinois finished third in the all-sports trophy standings, taking a team title in men’s cross country. Indiana State, meanwhile, took fourth with an aggregate score of 4.615. The Sycamores had team titles in men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, and women’s indoor track & field. The fourth-place showing for ISU is its highest in the MVC all-sports trophy standings since the 2004-05 campaign. Creighton’s fifth-place showing was its best since 2001-02 (also fifth that year).
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.