NORMAL, Fig. – The Illinois State track and field will travel to Terre Haute, Indiana on Saturday, January 15, for the 17th annual Coughlan-Malloy Cup, a double meeting between the Redbirds and Indiana State. The action of the Indiana State Indoor Track & Field Complex kicks off at 12:30 p.m. ET with field events. Track events begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.
The Coughlan-Malloy Cup is named after legendary head coaches John Coughlan (Illinois State) and Bill Malloy (Indiana State). In his 23-year tenure in the state of Illinois, Coughlan won 18 Missouri Valley Conference team titles. His success earned him places in both the MVC Hall of Fame and the Illinois State Athletics Percy Family Hall of Fame.
The Coughlan-Malloy Cup is unique in that the men’s and women’s team scores are combined into a total score and the team with the highest combined total wins the traveling trophy. Since the Cup’s inception in 2005, the Sycamores have had the overall advantage over the Redbirds, winning the game 12 times. However, the Redbirds have won their last three encounters in the dual, dating back to the 2018 season.
At the final Coughlan-Malloy Cup in 2020, the Redbirds topped the Sycamores, 186-138, at Horton Fieldhouse. In all, Illinois State took 19 individual wins, 12 on the women’s side and seven on the men’s side. In addition, both the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay teams won.
BLUE DEMON HOLIDAY INVITATION
Illinois State last participated in the Blue Demon Holiday Invite in December, where the team took eight event wins and four program top-10s. Event winners included Grace Daun (high jump), Destiny White (400m), Cecil Brownridge III (400m), Arianna Walker (200m), Logan Calvin (Shot Put & Weight Throw), Mye’Joi Williams (Shot put) and matte white (3000m).
Brownridge III secured a top-10 program with his win in the men’s 400m dash. His time of 48.35 ranks tenth in school history.
In the women’s 200m sprint, Walker won in a time of 24.54, breaking the program record book, now setting the ninth fastest time in school history.
Senior Nick Swartzendruber finished the men’s 600m in a time of 1:19.51 to finish second overall. Swartzendruber’s time ranks fourth in the event’s program history.
With a clearance of 3.65 m (11-11.75 ft.) in the women’s pole vault, Amni Austin is tied for seventh in school history in the event.
After a Redbird sweep of the MVC weekly honors in the first week of competition, senior pitcher Logan Calvin was named MVC Male Field Athlete of the Week for the second week in a row after winning both events in which he competed, the shot put and weight throw, at the Blue Demon Holiday Invite.
For the eighth time in his collegiate career, Calvin has won the MVC Weekly Honor after being named Male Field Athlete of the Week twice in his sophomore season, four times last season and twice this season.
Spectators are allowed in the Indiana State Indoor Track & Field Complex. Masks are mandatory for all spectators. For those unable to attend the Coughlan-Malloy Cup, follow us on Twitter at @RedbirdTFXC for updates. Live results will also be available here.
After the Coughlan-Malloy Cup, the Redbirds will stay close to home and travel to Champaign, Illinois for the Illini Invite on January 21-22. The meet will be the first of four the Redbirds will compete in Illinois during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
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