Sycamores and Redbirds compete in the Coughlan-Malloy Cup

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Indiana State Athletics returns to action for the first time in five weeks when the Sycamores travel to Normal, Illinois for the 18th Annual Coughlan-Malloy Cup.

The event, an annual doubles meet with longtime rival Illinois State, begins at 1 p.m. with field events. Running events begin at 2:30 p.m

last year’s edition

Indiana State’s first home game of the 2021-22 season was close, but the Illinois State visit retained the Coughlan/Malloy Cup with a 153-147 win over the Sycamores at the Indoor Track and Field Complex.

The Sycamores won 13 of the 28 events played, with two different student athletes from Indiana State winning multiple events that day. ISU won 84-66 on the men’s side, with Illinois State winning 87-63 on the women’s side.

Indiana State won the men’s 60m, 200m, 400m, 3000m, 4x400m, high jump, long jump and triple jump. The Indiana State women won the 200m, 3000m, pole vault, long jump and triple jump. Several Sycamore student-athletes set new personal records at the meet, while Indiana State set three meet-at-home records and four facility records. Of those event winners for the Sycamores, all but one are back for the blue-and-whites this season.

Indiana State recouped their loss in the Cup later in the season when the Sycamores won the MVC Indoor Track and Field Championships for the first time since 2015, ending Illinois State’s four-year run on the women’s podium.

Weekly Winners
Sprinters from the state of Indiana Isia Thomas and sweater Ryan Porter were named MVC Men’s Track Athlete of the Week and Women’s Field Athlete of the Week following the season-opening Blue Demon Holiday Invite.

Thomas had a meeting on his Indiana state debut that he will remember when he broke the meeting record in the 60m at the Blue Demon Holiday Invite. He ran a time of 6.75 in the heats, setting the meeting record and finishing as the top qualifier, followed by a time of 6.76 in the final. The 6.75 in the heats was also his personal best, with his times in Chicago representing the top two 60-meter times of his college career.

Porter opened her indoor season with a triple jump win and a top 3 finish in the 60m hurdles at the Blue Demon Holiday Invite. She was one of two athletes in the field to clear the 12.50m in the triple jump, winning the event with a record 12.59m (41-03.75). She also placed third in the 60m hurdles, winning her heat with a time of 8.68 and improving in the final with a time of 8.66.

record holder
Indiana State set three meeting records at last year’s Coughlan-Malloy Cup JaVaughn Moore responsible for two of them. Moore broke the 60m record with 6.74 and the 200m record with 21.66. He later broke the school record in the 60 m with 6.63.

Shomari Rogers-Walton also broke the competition record in the long jump on his Indiana state debut, finishing the meet with a best mark of 7.48 m (24-06.50).

Moore and Rogers-Walton combined six individual event titles last season between the MVC Indoor and Outdoor Championships. The duo qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round in several events last season, with Moore qualifying in the 100m and 200m and Rogers-Walton in the long jump and triple jump.

The champs are back
The 2021-22 Indiana indoor season was certainly a season to remember for the Sycamores as they won the Missouri Valley Conference men’s and women’s indoor track and field championships. In doing so, the Sycamores became the first MVC school since 2017 to win the conference championships.

The titles were the fifth men’s indoor championship and seventh women’s indoor championship in program history. It was also the third time in program history that the Sycamores won the indoor championships, having previously won in 2014 and 2015.

Post-titles, the Sycamores have received a number of accolades. Angelica Martin was named MVC Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year for Men and Women and USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Women’s Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year Jeff Martin was named MVC Indoor Track and Field Assistant Coach of the Year for both men and women. Ryan Porter was named MVC Freshman of the Year and MVC Most Valuable Athlete on the women’s side after scoring 28 points at the championships.

In Indiana State, 27 athletes received All-Conference honors and 51 athletes scored points at the championships, with most of these talents returning for the 2022-23 season.

underdog mentality
Despite a successful 2021-22 season, Indiana State is entering the 2022-23 season with a chip on its shoulder. The Sycamores were ranked second on both the men’s and women’s sides in the MVC Preseason Poll, as voted by the head coaches in the conference.

The state of Indiana is no stranger to overcoming adversity. The Sycamores finished third in last year’s preseason poll for both men and women, while the men came second and the women third in the preseason poll. Indiana State instead swept the championship titles, its first championship since 2015.

Indiana State hosts its first of three home meetings during the indoor season when it welcomes teams to the Indoor Track and Field Complex for the John Gartland Invitation from January 20th to 21st.