The most-accomplished female athlete in Bradley University athletic history will be inducted into the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame.
Princeville-native Mary Ellen Hill-Schupbach will be the 12th Brave overall to earn MVC Hall of Fame honors and Bradley’s first female athlete to be recognized when she is inducted March 2 in St. Louis.
Hill-Schupbach was a 10-time MVC individual champion in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. She was also a two-time track All-American and a seven-time Academic All-America honoree.
Hill-Schupbach won back-to-back MVC cross country individual championships in 1998 and 1999 and helped Bradley to the first women’s conference championship in any sport in school history by leading the Braves to the co-title with Drake in 1998.
Hill-Schupbach was also a three-time individual champion in the indoor 3,000m (1998, 1999 and 2000), while collecting the 1998 indoor mile, 1998 indoor 5,000m, 1998 outdoor 3,000m, 1998 outdoor 5,000m and 2000 outdoor 10,000m crowns.
Hill-Schupbach joins fellow 2018 honoree Christian Goy of Illinois State as just the second and third cross country runners, male or female, to enter the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame.
Hill-Schupbach was inducted into the Bradley Athletics Hall of Fame in 2011. She is currently a school teacher in Normal where she and her husband, Schuyler Schupbach, are the parents of five adopted children.
Other honorees include Goy, Darren Brooks (Southern Illinois University men’s basketball) and Dani Tyler (Drake softball), as well as administrators Lois Patton (Evansville) and Bill Rowe (Missouri State).