Wichita State Claims 2015-16 All-Sports Crown
Wichita State is the 2015-16 Missouri Valley Conference All-Sports Champion. It marks the fourth-straight season the Shockers have claimed the league’s All-Sports crown. In addition, the title is the 10th in the past 13 years for Wichita State, which has a league best 22 all-time.
Wichita State set a record with nine team titles, and the Shockers finished in the Top 3 in 13 of the 15 sports sponsored. WSU claimed league championships in volleyball, men’s basketball, women’s golf, men’s indoor track & field, men’s outdoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field, softball, men’s tennis and women’s tennis.
Despite Wichita State’s championship dominance, eight different institutions won at least one league title this year; Southern Illinois claimed three team titles and Bradley had two. Counting Wichita State this year, only five times since 1992-93 (merger of MVC men’s and women’s sports) has an institution had more than five team titles.
Fueled by its three titles and four-second-place finishes, Southern Illinois finished second in the all-sports trophy race for the second-straight year. The Salukis aggregate score of 3.50 was the best for SIU since the 2006-07 season (SIU was second that year at 3.41.)
After missing the Top 5 in the standings for the first time in 3 decades last year, Illinois State catapulted back into the Top 3, finishing third this year with an aggregate score of 4.32. Missouri State (4.86) and UNI (4.93) finished next best in the standings.
Wichita State’s aggregate score this year (2.13) matched its all-time MVC record of 2.13 that was established in 2013-14. That year WSU claimed what was then a record 8 titles. The Shockers’ winning score last year was 2.30. Counting Wichita State this year, a school has had an aggregate point total better than 3.0 (average finish of each sponsored sport) 11 times since 1993-94. Before Wichita State’s record-setting performances in the past three seasons, Illinois State’s 2.47 score in 1996-97 was the previous league standard. Those represent the only four 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. Notably, Illinois State has 12 all-sports crowns and has finished first, second, or third in 24 of the past 26 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.
2015-16 TOP-FIVE FINISHERS
Pts. Team (Championships)
2.133 Wichita State (9)
3.500 Southern Illinois (3)
4.324 Illinois State (1)
4.857 Missouri State
4.933 UNI (1)
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)
9 - Wichita St. (2015-16) (t-1st-m tennis)
8 - Wichita St. (2013-14) (t-1st vb, wbb)
7 - Wichita State (2005-06)
7 - Wichita St. (2009-10) (t-1st baseball)