The 2013-2014 academic year was a big one for indoor track and field. For the first time in Indiana State University history, both the men’s and women’s indoor track teams won the Missouri Valley Conference. The men’s team took the lead early, and never lost it. They finished with 151 points; 46 points more than second-place Wichita State. This was the second year in a row that the men’s track team won the Missouri Valley Conference.
The women’s meet was much more closely contested. They battled with Southern Illinois and Wichita State all afternoon, but were able to pull through and win in the end. The women’s team finished with 130 points. Second place was Wichita State with 116.5, and third place was Southern Illinois with 92.5. This was the first time since 2001 that the Indiana State University women’s track team had won conference.
Carmelia Stewart, a junior, won in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.44 seconds to add 10 points, finished second in the triple jump to add eight points, and finished fourth in the long jump to add five points. .
When asked about her thoughts on winning the conference, “I am so proud to be a part of this team,” she responded. “Everybody was determined to win and definitely left their heart out on the track.”
Stewart was also named the Most Valuable Athlete for the conference in the indoor championships. She said there was “no greater feeling” then to be able to contribute the 23 points she did, and win the coveted Most Valuable Athlete award.
In reference to the team in general, “To me, this is not just a team,” Stewart said. “We are family, and our blood, sweat, and tears paid off!”
Other Indiana State University athletes to win awards include: Katie Wise (Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete), Greggmar Swift (Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete), and Mary Theisen (Most Outstanding Female Field Athlete). The coaches of the men’s and women’s teams: John McNichols (men’s) and Angela Martin (women’s), won awards for Coach of the Year.
The dominance of the Indiana State University track teams in the conference is a direct result of the hard work and commitment these student athletes put in every day, and will continue to put in in the future. In the words of Carmelia Stewart, “#RollTimber.”