The Illinois State men’s and women’s track and field team capped a record-breaking season with yet another record broken at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships held by Northern Iowa Saturday and Sunday.
The Redbirds swept the MVC Indoor Championships for the second-straight season, the first time in ISU history.
Day one was not as smooth as day two, but still had some notable results.
ISU received two individual championships, one from junior Ariana Cranston (3.86m) in the women’s pole vault and the other in the men’s distance medley relay team: sophomore Jack Gillum, freshman Nick Swartzendruber, junior Kimathi Johnson and junior Jack Anstey.
The relay team won for the first time since 2004 and recorded the sixth-fastest time in ISU history at 9:57.06.
Sophomore Nicole Bagwell cleared 3.81m and finished second in the women’s pole vault.
Junior Charde Golliday received All-MVC honors in the women’s long jump with a third-place finish (5.91m).
Senior Kyle Mattes and junior Grace Beattie were recognized by the MVC for their times in the men’s and women’s 5,000 meter dash. Mattes finished 14:24.93 and Beattie ran 17:03.29, the 10th best time in school history.
ISU ended day one in second place for the women and third place for the men.
Senior Ben Montgomery was named most valuable athlete, helping ISU cap off day two by scoring the most points of all athletes.
ISU men took first place with 159 points, and the women became champions with 173 points.
Montgomery won the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.39 and became a two-time champion in the event. He also received All-MVC honors in the 4x400-meter relay and 200 meter.
Sophomore Avery Lyons, sophomore Brandon Gage and junior Devon Kelly joined Montgomery and placed second with a time of 3:16.79.
Senior Francis Ehigbai (men’s high jump), sophomore Kristin Higgins (women’s high jump), Kimathi Johnson (men’s 800-meter) and junior Hattie Plumb (women’s 800-meter) all won their events.
Anstey won the men’s mile, and sophomore Ryan Ashenbremer won the men’s pole vault.
The women’s shot put team placed second through fifth, as senior Brandy Thomas (16.00m), sophomore Julia Bourke (15.91m), junior Tayler Weaver (15.55m) and senior Kassie Hoyme (15.26m) came up big for ISU.
The outdoor season is set to begin with a Redbird intrasquad meet on March 22 in Normal, then a meet at the Ole Miss Classic on March 29 and 30.