The Illinois State men's and women's track teams claimed their respective team championships on Sunday at the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The sweep is the first for the Redbirds since both were victorious in 1997.
The men won with a team score of 182, well ahead of runner-up Indiana State at 112. The women finished with 174 to distance themselves from second-place Indiana State which had 139.
ISU also garnered a number of individual awards beginning with Coach-of-the-Year honors going to the Redbirds' Jeff Bovee on both the men's and women's sides.
For the men, Anderson Devonish was named Most Valuable Athlete, Jaylan McConico was awarded Most Outstanding Track Athlete and J.D. LaFayette was named Elite 17.
D'Jenne Egharevba won both Most Valuable Athlete and Most Outstanding Track Athlete for the women.
Baseball team triumphant: John Rave homered twice and drove in seven runs to lead the Illinois State baseball team to a 16-8 win over Tennessee Tech in Sunday's finale of their three-game set at Bush Stadium in Cookeville, Tenn.
Owen Miller had four hits and two RBIs while Noah Sadler homered and plated four runs for the Redbirds, who scored five times in the third inning to erase an early 2-0 deficit. ISU (3-3) added another six runs in the sixth while roughing up five Tennessee Tech (4-2) pitchers for 17 hits.
Starter Matt Walker (1-0) worked five innings to get the win while Golden Eagles starter Nic Dye (0-1) lasted just three innings in the loss.
Illinois State travels to Morehead, Ky., next weekend for three games against Morehead State beginning Friday at 2 p.m.
Softball wins in extra innings: Allison Spence's single to center field in the top of the eighth inning plated Alex Caliva with the running run as the Illinois State softball team defeated Maryland, 8-7, in Sunday's final game of the Aquafina Invitational at KSP Stadium in Gainesville, Fla.
Spence would go 3-for-3 with three RBIs while Shannon Felde homered and drove in a pair for the Redbirds, who improve to 5-10. Andrea Coursey had two hits and two RBIs in support of winning pitcher Sarah Finck who squared her record at 4-4 with the complete game effort.
Illinois State travels to Baton Rouge, La., next weekend to participate in the five-team LSU Tiger Classic.
Gymnastics third at Lindenwood: The Illinois State gymnastics team posted a season-high score of 193.050 in a triangular meet against Lindenwood and Iowa State on Sunday at St. Charles, Mo.
The Redbirds were led sophomore all-arounder Gabrielle Cooke, who finished fourth with a score of 38.675. Cooke tied for second in the vault (9.850), second on the bars (9.825) and third in the floor exercise (9.825).
ISU will host Centenary on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Horton Field House.
Men's golf finishes sixth: The Illinois State men's golf team finished with a three-round score of 872 and a sixth-place showing in the 14-team Seminole Intercollegiate at Golden Eagle Country Club in Tallahassee, Fla.
David Perkins led the Redbirds with a 2-under par 214, good for a share of 11th place. Florida State claimed the team title with an 844 while the Seminoles' John Pak was medalist at 8-under 208.
Women's golf places 15th: The Illinois State women's golf team finished 15th out of 16 teams at the Rio Verde Invitational at Quail Run Golf Course in Rio Verde, Ariz.
The Redbirds posted a team score of 960, led by Abby Luchtenburg, whose three-round total of 233 tied for 36th place.
Seton Hall won the team title with a 902 while Danielle Nicholson of Akron took medalist honors at 2-under 214.
Men's lacrosse rolls: The Illinois Wesleyan men's lacrosse team fired off a school-record 103 shots in a 26-12 win over Wittenberg on Sunday at Tucci Field in Bloomington.
James Maibueher had five goals for the Titans, who also got four each from Tanner Nelson and Alex Doorenbos while Nick Winter chipped in three goals and four assists.