Wichita State Shockers

Wichita State sweeps MVC track and field titles for second time

Eagle staff

Wichita State swept the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field titles for the second time on Sunday.

WSU’s men won their first title since 2010 with 206 points, most by an MVC since the 2010 teams scored 224. Southern Illinois finished second with 132 points. The 74-point margin is the MVC’s largest since WSU’s 96.5-point margin in 2003.

WSU’s women won their third straight title and fifth in the past six seasons with 155.50 points, finishing ahead of Northern Iowa with 133 points.

WSU coach Steve Rainbotl won Coach of the Year honors for the men and women.

The Shockers also swept the outdoors titles in 2004.

The Shockers built almost imposing leads on Saturday — 67 points for the men and 62.5 for the women. On Sunday, Jared Belardo added the only title with a leap of 50 feet, 11 inches. Belardo, a freshman from Leavenworth, won the long jump on Saturday at 25-2 1/2. Michael Shazz Lindo placed second in the triple jump at 50-8 3/4.

Austin Corley placed second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.71 seconds. Hayden Bugner placed third in the pole vault with a leap of 16-5 1/2 inches.