Southern Illinois placed second in the Missouri Valley Conference All-Sports Trophy standings in 2017-18, the league announced on Wednesday, matching the department’s best finish since 1995.
The Salukis were successful across the board, finishing in the top half of the conference standings in 11 out of 14 sports (football and men’s swimming & diving do not compete in the MVC). Seven Saluki teams finished third or better. SIU had an aggregate score of 6.931.
Missouri State won the All-Sports crown for the fifth time in its history. The Bears won five team titles and outpaced the Salukis with an aggregate score of 7.895.
Either Illinois State, Missouri State or Wichita State has earned the league’s All-Sports championship trophy every year since Southern Illinois last won it in 1995. Illinois State has won 12 all-sports crowns and has finished first, second, or third in 25 of the past 28 years. Missouri State has five titles since 1999-00, and Wichita State had a stretch where it won 11 of 14 all-sports trophies from 2003-04 through 2016-17.
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 10 points for first, nine for second, eight for third, etc., and the total accumulated points are divided by the number of sports in which a particular school competes. For sports not sponsored by every MVC school, the points decrease by number of competing schools (i.e., in a sport where eight teams compete, 10/8 = 1.25, so point totals decrease by 1.25; 1st = 10, 2nd = 8.75, 3rd = 7.5, etc.)
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.
2017-18 ALL-SPORTS TROPHY STANDINGS
7.895 Missouri State
6.931 Southern Illinois
6.859 Illinois State
6.495 Indiana State
6.421 Northern Iowa
*The MVC does not release the complete All-Sports Trophy standings.
This story originally posted on SIUSalukis.com. Story by Tom Weber