The Illinois State women's track and field squad ended the season strong this weekend, as they captured their second straight Missouri Valley Conference outdoor championship at the MVC Championships in Terre Haute, Indiana.

The feat is the first time the women's team has won back-to-back MVC team championships since the 1983-1984 seasons.

With the victory, ISU women's track and field coach Jeff Bovee was named the MVC women's track and field coach of the year.

ISU's men's team also ended the season well, narrowly finishing behind Northern Iowa to finish in second place.

Over the weekend, the Redbirds captured numerous MVC individual championships as well, including Jack Anstey's 800-meter win. Hattie Plumb also won her second straight 800-meter race.

Demetria Anderson and Jordyn Bruce won their hurdle events, while Ariana Cranston won the pole vault event for the third straight year. Also winning the MVC title was the 4x400 meter relay team of Plumb, Tori Ortiz, Destiny White and Ashleigh Wilson. 

Rounding out the MVC individual championships are Kameesha Smith in the high jump, Kyle Mattes 10,000-meter race and Grace Beattie in the 3,000-meter Steeplechase. Multiple ISU athletes also received All-MVC honors after second or third place finishes.

Numerous athletes will move on to the NCAA West Preliminary Round on May 23-25 in Sacramento, California. A full list of those who qualified will be released on Wednesday.

BLAINE LEWALLEN is the Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at bmlewal@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @blainelew3 


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