Kylie Hutson has been soaring high for years as a pole vaulter at Terre Haute North Vigo High School, Indiana State University and on her own.
Now, the 31-year-old Terre Haute native has risen into an elite group with the Missouri Valley Conference. She'll be inducted into the MVC Hall of Fame on Friday, March 6, 2020, when the league conducts its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony in St. Louis.
The 23rd MVC Hall of Fame class features Indiana State's Hutson, a four-time NCAA track & field pole vault champion; a two-sport (baseball/football) student-athlete in Mike Prior (Illinois State); a baseball student-athlete in Bill Mueller (Missouri State); coaching legends Richard “Itchy” Jones (Southern Illinois baseball) and Phog Allen (Kansas basketball) and basketball star Larry Humes (Evansville).
The league will conduct its annual Hall of Fame ceremony as part the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship next March 5-8. The March 6 festivities will begin with an 8 a.m. breakfast, followed by the induction ceremony at 8:30 a.m.
“The Missouri Valley Conference has always been recognized for the great success of its athletics programs, with a rich history that dates back more than a century,” said Commissioner Doug Elgin. “Our MVC Hall of Fame has provided us with an opportunity to honor the student-athletes, coaches, administrators and contributors who have played important roles in the Conference and in intercollegiate athletics. “The individuals we will be honoring in the Class of 2020 have brought significant honor to themselves, their institutions and to the Conference. We are truly humbled to have this opportunity to salute them for their achievements.”
Hutson is one of the most decorated track and field athletes in MVC history. She was a four-time NCAA national pole vault champion (Indoor and Outdoor 2009, 2010) and five-time All-American (2008, 2009, 2010) while competing for Indiana State. She earned MVC Indoor Most Valuable Field Athlete (2009, 2010) and MVC Outdoor Most Valuable Field Athlete (2008, 2009) and was also a three-time MVC Scholar-Athlete (2008, 2009, 2010). Hutson was also a 7-time All-Missouri Valley Conference performer, earning outdoor honors in 2007, 2008 and 2009, while earning all-MVC honors at the indoor meet all four seasons (2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010).
Hutson is the only MVC women’s pole vaulter to win as many as three outdoor titles (2007, 2008, 2009) and she’s also the only pole vaulter in MVC history to earn four-straight titles at the MVC indoor meet. She holds Indiana State school records in the outdoor pole vault (14 feet, 9.50 inches in 2010) and indoor pole vault (14-9 in 2010). Hutson also holds MVC Championship meet records in both the outdoor and indoor events, and is also the league’s all-time record-holder in the pole vault, indoors and outdoors.
She also holds the Marks Field pole vault record (15 feet, .05 inches in 2013). Hutson was the Great Lakes Region Women’s Field Athlete of the Year (2010 indoor & outdoor) and was the USATF Outdoor Pole Vault Champion in 2011. She tied for seventh at the Olympic Trials in 2012 and placed 14th in the pole vault at the World Outdoor Championship in 2011. She also competed in the Olympic Trials in 2008, 2012 and 2016, and she participated in the pole vault at the World Outdoor Championships in 2013. Hutson was Inducted into the Indiana State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.
Tickets to the 2020 Hall of Fame event – scheduled to be held at Stifel Theatre (formerly known as the Peabody Opera House), which is adjacent to Enterprise Center (formerly known as Scottrade Center) – can be obtained by calling the league office at (314) 444-4300. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The 2020 State Farm MVC Tournament marks a milestone for the league as it will celebrate 30-straight years in St. Louis. With 30-straight years at the same neutral site, Arch Madness is the second-longest neutral site tenured collegiate tourney in the nation (following only the Big East in New York City).