Wichita State’s Nikki Larch-Miller scored 40 points to lead defending champion Wichita State to the women’s Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field championship on Sunday in Normal, Ill.
Larch-Miller, named the meet’s Most Valuable Athlete for the women, won the 100-meter hurdles with a meet record time of 13.08 seconds. She finished second in the long jump (6.13 meters), the 100 meters (11.38 seconds) and the 200 (23.43). Twin sister Taylor finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (13.21) and fifth in the 400 hurdles (1:03.01).
The Shockers finished with 179 points, 30 ahead of second-place Indiana State. WSU won the meet for the fourth time in the past five seasons and the eighth time under coach Steve Rainbolt, who was named Coach of the Year.
WSU’s men finished second with 143 points. Southern Illinois won the men’s title with 159 points, its first since 1992. The Shockers finished second for the fourth straight season. Indiana State finished fourth, ending a streak of four titles.
On Sunday, WSU’s Shanice Andrews finished second in the triple jump (12.71 meters). Andrews joined the Larch-Millers and Deja Young to finish second in the 400-meter relay with a time of 45.23 seconds.
Nora Zajovics placed third in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.01) and Sidney Hirsch placed third in the 5,000 meters (17:13.35).
On the men’s side, Brady Johnson finished second in the 5,000 with a time of 14:46.68. Jonathon Duvall finished third in the 400 hurdles with a time of 52.65 seconds.
On Saturday, Hirsch and Ugis Jocis swept the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Hirsch won the women’s race with a time of 10:30.27 and Jocis won the men’s with a time of 9:13.50. Teammate Kyle Larkin took second 9:16.45.