The 86th-annual NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship will take place June 6-9 (Wed.-Sat.), in Sacramento, Calif., at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex, co-hosted by Sacramento State University and the Sacramento Sports Commission. Twenty Valley athletes, including a relay team, will compete for national championships and All-American status in 20 events throughout the championship.
UNI leads the way for the Valley with 11 total entries, nine from the league-champion men's squad and two from the women's team. Indiana State, Southern Illinois and Wichita State will each send a pair of athletes to Sacramento while Drake, Illinois State and Missouri State will be represented by a single athlete.
Of note, UNI's Raven Cepeda enters the championship with the nation's second-best decathlon point total of the season at 7,838 while Southern Illinois' Brittany Riley holds the country's second-rated hammer throw at 72.51m and UNI's Rachel Jansen hold the fourth-best shot put mark at 17.29m.
Later this week, the Valley will preview the NCAA Championship and recap the 2007 track & field season.
Fans can view the full list of declared athletes by following the links at the top of the page.
Missouri Valley Conference Qualifiers
|Name, School||Event (s)||Qualification||Name, School||Event (s)||Qualification|
|Raven Cepeda, UNI||Decathlon||automatic||Chandra Andrews, Wichita St.||hammer||automatic|
|Derek Johnson, Drake||110 hurdles||automatic||Leander Ernest, Missouri St.||800m||at-large|
|Paladin Jordan, Indiana St.||400 hurdles||automatic||Kylie Hutson, Indiana St.||pole vault||automatic|
|Jarono Kivioja, UNI||pole vault||automatic||Rachel Jansen, UNI||shot put, hammer||auto/at-large|
|Ehi Oamen, UNI||high jump||at-large||Kellyn Johnson, Wichita St.||5,000m||at-large|
|Terrance Reid, UNI||400m||automatic||Brittany Riley, Southern Ill.||hammer, discus||auto/auto|
|Brenton Siemons, Southern Ill.||shot put||automatic||Dani Stipe||heptathlon||at-large|
|Kyle Smith, UNI||800m||automatic|
|Alex Straughn, Illinois St.||high jump||automatic|
|Dorian Ulrey, UNI||1,500m||automatic|
|UNI (Goos, Grenko, Mulder, Reid)||4x400 Relay||at-large|
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