Wichita State Claims 2014-15 All-Sports Crown

PDF: All-Sports Champion History (through 2014-15)

Wichita State is the 2014-15 Missouri Valley Conference All-Sports Champion. It marks the third-straight season the Shockers have claimed the league’s All-Sports crown. In addition, the title is the ninth in the past 12 years for Wichita State, which has a league best 21 all-time.

Wichita State finished first or second in nine of the 15 sports it sponsors and claimed league championships in six sports (women’s basketball, men’s basketball, women’s outdoor track & field, men’s golf, women’s golf, and women’s tennis).

Despite Wichita State’s championship dominance, seven different institutions won at least one league title this year, with Indiana State and Missouri State both claiming three titles. Counting Wichita State this year, only four times since 1992-93 (merger of MVC men’s and women’s sports) has an institution had more than five team titles.

Fueled by four-second-place finishes and a men’s outdoor track & field title, Southern Illinois had its highest finish in the league’s all-sports trophy race since 2007-08. This year, Southern Illinois took second place. The Salukis finished fourth in last year’s MVC All-Sports standings, and this year’s aggregate score of 3.91 was the best for SIU since the 2008-09 season (SIU was third that year.)

Missouri State also had a big jump from last year to this year, taking third place in the MVC All-Sports standings with an aggregate score of 4.29. The Bears won three sport titles to earn their highest finish since winning the MVC All-Sports title in 2012. MSU was ninth in 2012-13 and finished sixth in last year’s standings.

Wichita State’s aggregate score this year (2.30) was second-best all-time, trailing only last year’s MVC record of 2.13. Counting Wichita State this year, a school has had an aggregate point total better than 3.0 (average finish of each sponsored sport) 10 times since 1993-94. Before Wichita State’s back-to-back record-setting performances, Illinois State’s 2.47 score in 1996-97 was the previous league standard. Those represent the only three scores in league history of 2.50 or better.

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, saw its phenomenal streak of finishing in the Top 5 of the all-sports trophy race end at 32 years. Notably, ISU has 12 all-sports crowns and has finished first, second, or third in 23 of the past 25 years.

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.

PDF: All-Sports Champion History (through 2014-15)


2014-15 TOP-FIVE FINISHERS
Pts. Team (Championships)
2.300 Wichita State (6)
3.906 Southern Illinois (1)
4.286 Missouri State (3)
4.433 UNI
4.538 Indiana State (3)

SAME-SEASON CHAMPIONS
Pre-Women’s Sports (1907-1982)
6 - Oklahoma A&M (1948-49)
6 - Houston (1959-60)
6 - Southern Illinois (1976-77)
5 - Oklahoma A&M (1947-48)
5 - Oklahoma A&M (1953-54)
5 - Houston (1959-60)

Pre-MVC/Gateway Merger (1983-92)
8 - Illinois State (1984-85)
6 - Illinois State (1982-83)
6 - Southern Illinois (1983-84)
6 - Illinois State (1988-89)
6 - Illinois State (1989-90)
5 - Southern Illinois (1982-83)

MVC (one umbrella - 1993-present)
8 - Wichita St. (2013-14) (t-1st vb, wbb)
7 - Wichita State (2005-06)
7 - Wichita St. (2009-10) (t-1st baseball)
6 - Wichita State (2014-15)
5 - Creighton (2012-13) (t-1st wbb)
5 - Missouri State (2011-12) (t-1st msoc)
5 - Wichita State (2010-11)
5 - Illinois St. (2009-10) (t-1st baseball)
5 - Southern Illinois (1994-95)
5 - Illinois State (1996-97)
5 - Missouri State (2002-03)
5 - Missouri State (2003-04)
5 - Wichita State (2006-07)