Monmouth claims first ever MWC Women's All-Sports trophy
For the first time in the award’s 32-year history, Monmouth College has earned the Midwest Conference’s Ralph Shively Women’s All-Sports trophy.
The all-sports championship is awarded at the end of the MWC’s championship schedule. The title is determined by a system that awards points based on each school’s standing in each of the conference’s 20 recognized sports.
Monmouth’s women totaled 76 points to win the award for the first time. The Scots won three league championships this year and had five other top-four finishes. Monmouth picked up indoor and outdoor track titles while the volleyball team won their first regular season crown since 1982. The cross country and basketball teams picked up nine points each by finishing second. The softball team earned third place at their league tournament while the women’s soccer team tied for third and the swim team added a fourth-place finish.
“Our women figured out over the winter that we had a chance to win the trophy,” said athletic director Roger Haynes. “There was a lot of anticipation to try and get this done for the first time. We’re very excited and proud of the award.”
St. Norbert finished a close second, two-and-a-half points behind the Scots. Carroll and Grinnell were third and fourth, respectively.