TERRE HAUTE —
The Indiana State men’s track team has won the last two Missouri Valley Conference outdoor championships, but the women have not stood on the top podium since 1999.
That may change this year, but the Sycamores will face some stiff competition in their quest for the championships.
The Sycamore men were chosen as the pre-championship favorite in a vote of league coaches that was released Wednesday by the Valley office, while the ISU women were selected to finish second. The league coaches also foresee a battle between the Sycamores and the Shockers of Wichita State in the battle for supremacy of both genders.
Indiana State received six of the seven first place votes on the men’s side and totaled 48 points to earn the favorites role. Wichita State garnered the other first-place vote and scored 42 points for second.
The top two teams flip flopped on the women’s side with Wichita State earning all eight first place votes and scoring 64 points to be the pre-championship favorite. Indiana State is second with 54 points with Illinois State third at 49 points.
The Sycamore men defeated Wichita State 1641⁄2 to 137 to win the 2013 MVC indoor championship with Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa tying for third (121). It was Indiana State’s second indoor title in three years. Wichita State held off Indiana State 147 to 138 to win the 2013 MVC women’s indoor championship with Illinois State third (122).
The Sycamores enter this weekend’s championship leading the Valley in seven events and hold two of the top-five positions in the 100 meters, 200, 5,000, 10,000, 110 hurdles, 400 hurdles, 3,000 steeplechase and shot put. Junior Brandon Pounds holds the Valley’s second-best hammer throw. Senior hurdler Greggmar Swift also will contend for the title in the 110 hurdles, owning the 10th-best time in the nation.
On the women’s side, the Sycamores’ Stacia Weatherford will look to continue her strong season in the hurdles and 400.
• Sycamores honored — Indiana State juniors Shelby Wilson and Morgan Allee received All-Missouri Valley Conference honors for their efforts during the 2012-13 season, according to an announcement from the league Wednesday.
Wilson was named first-team All-MVC at third base, where she primarly played during the Sycamores’ 50 games. Allee was named second-team All-MVC at short stop, where she played every game. Allee also was named MVC Co-Newcomer of the year, the first Sycamore to ever receive the award.
Wilson led the Sycamores with a .361 batting average, 34 runs batted in, 88 total bases and a .445 on-base percentage and tied Allee for the team lead in hits with 36. Wilson also moved into the top 10 in ISU history in RBIs.
Allee led the Sycamores in runs scored with 36 while finishing the regular season seventh in the NCAA in stolen bases with 36, breaking the ISU single-season record of 28 and falling one short of the MVC record of 37. All also batted .335 on the season with a .420 on base percentage in her first season as a Sycamore. Her 36 runs scored tied the ISU single-season record and her 36 stolen bases helped lead the team to tying the MVC record of 100 in a season.
In 2013, the Sycamores broke school records for on-base percentage, stolen bases, double plays and hit-by-pitches and finished second in ISU history in fielding percentage, walks received and home runs.