ST. LOUIS, MO - Behind the efforts of five conference championships and four league runner-up finishes during the 2011-12 school year, Missouri State University has won the Missouri Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy, the MVC league office announced Monday (May 21).
It is Missouri State's fourth MVC All-Sports Trophy title and first since 2002-03. The Bears also won the coveted honor in 1999-2000 and 2001-02. Only three Valley schools -- MSU, Illinois State and Wichita State -- have won the award since 1995.
"I am very proud of our student-athletes who work so hard to represent our University, community and alumni every time they compete," said MSU Director of Athletics Kyle Moats. "Our goal is to be a successful broad-based program in which we are competing for championships and the All-Sports Trophy every year. I know our coaches have bought in to those goals, and it was very evident this year. I commend them for their excellent work as well."
MSU's average finish in its 13 MVC-sponsored sports this year was 2.62, the second-highest score since the conference adopted its current scoring system in 1993-94. Illinois State posted a 2.47 average in 1996-97, and Missouri State's previous top score was 3.28 during its winning run in 2002-03.
This year also marked the 19th time in 21 years Missouri State has finished fourth or better in the MVC All-Sports Trophy standings. MSU is coming off a second-place showing a year ago with a 3.35 average, which was second only to Wichita State's 2.73 score. MSU joined the MVC in 1990-91, but the league did not present an All-Sports Trophy in 1992-93.
The Bears won Valley titles in women's swimming and diving, women's indoor track and field, women's basketball and women's golf this year along with a co-championship in men's soccer. Volleyball, baseball, men's golf and women's soccer each finished second in their respective MVC standings, while men's basketball tied for third place. Eleven of MSU's sports placed in the upper division of their respective conference races.
With a 2.87 average finish, Wichita State was second in the 2011-12 MVC All-Sports Trophy competition, followed by Illinois State (3.35), Northern Iowa (4.57) and Indiana State (4.92). Scores from the 6th through 10th-place finishers in this year's standings -- Southern Illinois, Drake, Creighton, Evansville and Bradley -- were not released by the conference office. Defending champion WSU had won the award six of the last eight years, while Illinois State had won two of the last four.
Missouri State's previous MVC All-Sports Trophy Finishes:
1990-91 - 2nd
1991-92 - 3rd
1992-93 - No award
1993-94 - 4th (4.13)
1994-95 - 4th (4.71)