Alumni Report: Conference Week Special


The Illinois State University Men's & Women's Indoor Track and Field teams put on a show at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships. The Redbirds swept themselves to conference titles (photo by ISU)

Official press release-

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - For the first time since 1997, the Illinois State men's and women's track & field teams are coming home with two team titles after sweeping the MVC Championships, hosted by Northern Iowa. Following the clean sweep, Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Jeff Bovee was named the MVC Men's and Women's Indoor Coach of the Year.

"Words cannot explain how proud I am of this group of men and women," said Bovee. "They poured their hearts and souls into the competition this weekend. The energy that was brought across the board was a true team effort. Things this great don't occur very often, and I can't say how amazing this experience was for everyone involved."

The men, who were the clear-cut favorite heading into the meet, completely dominated the competition. They finished the day with 182 points, besting the runner-up Indiana State (112) by 70 points! The women, who were expected to be in a barn-burner with Indiana State, had other plans. They pulled away from the Sycamores early on during Day Two, finishing with 174 points. The Sycamores ended the day with 139 points and were named the runner-up.

Award Winners

Most Valuable Athletes

D'Jenne Egharevba and Anderson Devonish were named the Most Valuable Athletes of the meet, scoring the most points among the entire field of competitors.

Egharevba scored a total of 22 points, as she walked away with the 60-meter dash title, 200-meter dash title, and All-Conference honors in the 4x400-meter relay. En route to these accolades, Egharevba re-set her own ISU school record in the 60-meter dash (7.33) and broke ISU's 200-meter school record. With her winning 200-meter time of 23.78, Egharevba becomes the first Redbird woman to break the 24-second barrier, shattering Lian Lucas' previous school record of 24.00 that was set in 2006.

Devonish tallied 22.50 points, capturing the 200-meter dash title (21.34), 400-meter dash title (47.50), and 4x400-meter relay title. With the 400-meter dash win, Devonish becomes a three-time MVC Indoor Champion in the event.

Most Outstanding Track Athletes

Egharevba and Jaylan McConico were deemed the Most Outstanding Track Athletes of the Meet, which is awarded to the female and male student-athlete that captured the highest-ranking individual performance on the NCAA list.

Egharevba received this award after winning the 60-meter dash with an ISU school-record time of 7.33. The mark currently ranks 32nd in the NCAA.

McConico was crowned the 2018 MVC champion in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.64, a mark which currently ranks third in the nation and shatters his own ISU school record. McConico improved 0.15 seconds from the preliminary round, where he posted a 7.79, and put himself in great contention to qualify for NCAAs.

Elite 17 Award

The Elite 17 Award is the highest achievement in academics and athletics by a student-athlete in each MVC-sponsored sport. This year's winner was J.D. LaFayette, who won his second MVC Indoor 800-meter title with a time of 1:55.14. This comes only one year after Lafayette red-shirted due to injury.

Top-16 Nationally-Ranked Athletes

In addition to McConico, the 'Birds posted two performances that, if the standings hold, would qualify for the NCAA Championships.

Derrius Rodgers won the 60-meter dash title with a time of 6.65, in addition to placing second in the 200-meter dash (21.79) and running a leg on the MVC Champion 4x400-meter relay team. However, his 60-meter time of 6.60 from prelims currently ranks sixth in the nation. The 2017 NCAA Indoor Second-Team All-American is looking to make his second appearance at the national meet.



Feb 19, 2018 - Feb 25, 2018

MIAC Indoor Championship

Feb 22, 2018 in St. Paul, MN

600 Meter Run

60 Meter Hurdles

1000 Meter Run

400 Meter Dash

5000 Meter Run

60 Meter Hurdles

800 Meter Run

Anderson Fred Wilt Invitational

Feb 24, 2018 in Anderson, IN

1000 Meter Run

5000 Meter Run

3000 Meter Run

Long Jump

UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

Feb 24, 2018 in Cleveland, OH

3000 Meter Run

60 Meter Dash

NACC Indoor Track and Field Championships

Feb 25, 2018 in Kenosha, WI

Principia Invitational

Feb 23, 2018 in Elsah, IL

400 Meter Dash

60 Meter Dash

Long Jump

400 Meter Dash

5000 Meter Run

600 Meter Run

Big Ten Indoor Conference Championship

Feb 23, 2018 in Geneva, OH

3000 Meter Run

One Mile Run

Pentathlon

Big East Conference Championships

Feb 23, 2018 in Staten Island, NY

5000 Meter Run

Mid-American Conference Championship

Feb 23, 2018 in Bowling Green, OH

Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships

Feb 24, 2018 in Cedar Falls , Ia

3000 Meter Run

MIAA Indoor Championships

Feb 23, 2018 in Joplin, MO

One Mile Run

CCIW Indoor Track & Field Championships

Feb 23, 2018 in Kenosha, WI

200 Meter Dash

3000 Meter Run

400 Meter Dash

5000 Meter Run

55 Meter Hurdles

55 Meter Dash

800 Meter Run

One Mile Run

Weight Throw

200 Meter Dash

3000 Meter Run

55 Meter Dash

800 Meter Run

One Mile Run

Shot Put

Weight Throw

Michigan Intercollegiate Indoor Championships

Feb 24, 2018 in Angola, IN

200 Meter Dash

800 Meter Run

One Mile Run

200 Meter Dash

3000 Meter Run

60 Meter Hurdles

High Jump

Long Jump

One Mile Run

Midwest Conference Indoor Championships

Feb 23, 2018 in Ripon, WI

GLVC Indoor Championships

Feb 24, 2018 in Indianapolis, IN

Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championship

Feb 23, 2018 in Charleston, IL

Summit League Indoor Championships

Feb 23, 2018 in Fargo, ND

3000 Meter Run

Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships

Feb 22, 2018 in Nampa, Id

3000 Meter Run

800 Meter Run

Triple Jump

GLIAC Indoor Championship

Feb 24, 2018 in Allendale Charter Township, MI

Triple Jump

Iowa Conference Indoor Championship

Feb 23, 2018 in Pella, IA

400 Meter Dash

800 Meter Run

Pole Vault

Weight Throw

5000 Meter Run