JOPLIN, Mo. -- It went down to the final race in the final event of the season, but the Missouri Southern athletic department can once again claim another Sonic Trophy over Pittsburg State by a margin of 7-6.
With the men's track Sonic Trophy point being decided already before the 4x400m relays at the MIAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships today, the score stood tied at six points each for both the Lions and Pittsburg State.
Coming down the the last event of the day, the Lions' women led PSU by one point in the final team standings and needed to simply run a faster time than the Gorillas. The Lions did that and more, placing fourth in the event, four seconds in front of PSU.
That gave the third-straight Sonic Trophy to MSSU, as the Lions have now won all three of the trophies in a contest between the two athletic departments that puts the schools up against each other in each sport they participate in.
Pitt started things off in the fall by winning the Miners Bowl and earning the point in football. The Lions then got the point in volleyball and men's cross country, before taking the point in men's basketball in the winter. Southern swept the points in men's and women's indoor track and field, while the Lions also picked up the point in baseball, before today's point in women's outdoor track and field.
Both the Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State athletic departments would like to thank Sonic for their generous sponsorship of this series between the two schools.