Female participants in athletics before Title IX were given an Millikin letter at a ceremony honoring 50 years of Big Blue women's athletics.
Marcia Morey didn't back down from the challenge that came with being a female competitive athlete in the 1970s, and became a trailblazer for Central Illinois athletes.
Take a look at photos from the Millikin University celebrating 50 years of Big Blue women's athletics. Events included a luncheon, reunions and women's sports historical museum.
Morey swam for Millikin University and competed in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. She is currently a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives.
This was Kuxmann’s third All-American performance in the 800 meters with a second-place finish being his career best NCAA finish.
The Big Blue end their 2022 season with a 37-9 record, making school history by winning the first NCAA super regional in school.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2023 once funding has been secured and will be located at the current site of the Old Gym on Millikin's campus.
After a long weather delay on Saturday, Millikin completed the victory Sunday morning to advance.
Sixty former and current players and coaches returned to campus to celebrate the program's 50th anniversary on Saturday.
Millikin softball defeats Alma College 8-1 in the NCAA Division III Decatur, IL Regional to advance to the Super Regionals next weekend Friday-Saturday May 20-21.
Events on Saturday include sport team reunions, guest speakers, a sport history museum on display at the Decatur Conference Center and a final gala event Saturday evening.
The Big Blue finished the 2022 regular season with a 32-7 overall record, finishing as the CCIW regular season champions. The team was also ranked No. 1 among teams in Region VIII in the NCAA regional rankings.
Knudsen averaged 28 points per game in the Big Blue’s three games in the recent NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Buehrle has been the CCIW Player of the Week twice this season and is the cousin of White Sox great Mark Buehrle.
Birt completed an undefeated season (42-0) and became Millikin's first wrestling NCAA DIII national champion on Saturday.
Birt finished the season 42-0 and has finished his Big Blue career with a 70-match winning streak dating back to 2019.
On Friday, Kuxmann turned in a school record time o1f 1:51.62 in the prelims.
Birt went 3-0 on the day to advance to the semifinals at 165 pounds. Russell was 3-1 on the day to secure himself All-American honors by making the final eight wrestlers in his weight class.
Elyce Knudsen led Millikin with 25 points. Bailey Coffman added 17 points and a team-high six rebounds.
The Big Blue (23-6) face Hope College (28-1) on Friday in the NCAA Tournament at Hope in Holland, Michigan at 6 p.m.
Millikin improves to 23-6 and will face Hope College on Friday, March 11. The site and time of the sectional will be announced on Sunday.
Elyce Knudsen — the CCIW's Most Outstanding Player — had 36 points to lead Millikin's 81-68 win against Warburg in the first round.
Millikin will face Wartburg (21-5) in the opening round of the NCAA DIII tournament on Friday, March 4 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, time to be announced.
Illinois Wesleyan defeated Millikin 80-73 at the Griswold Center in Decatur on Saturday. The Titans (19-8) earn the CCIW's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Millikin (21-6) will now have to wait until Monday to see if it receives an at-large berth to the tournament.
The Titans (19-8) earn the CCIW's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Millikin (21-6) will now have to wait until Monday to see if it receives an at-large berth to the tournament. The selection show is set for Feb. 28 at 1:30 p.m. CT.
Millikin (21-5) and Illinois Wesleyan (18-8) shared the CCIW regular season title and the two teams with meet in Saturday's CCIW Tournament Championship game at 5 p.m. at the Griswold Center.
In Soderberg's first season, the Big Blue were 14-12, 9-7 CCIW and made the CCIW Tournament for the first time in program history.
Millikin sophomore Elyce Knudsen named the CCIW's Lori Kerans Most Outstanding Athlete and coach Olivia Lett was named the CCIW’s Beth Baker Coach of the Year