The State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship will take place this weekend, March 1-2, at the UNI-Dome in
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week - Dorian Ulrey, UNI, So., Port
UNI sophomore Dorian Ulrey posted his second NCAA Indoor Championships qualifying mark of the season at Saturday’s UNI-Dome Open, winning the men’s 800 meters in 1:50.77 to provisionally qualify for the national meet in the event. It was his first competition in the event this season. Ulrey had previously qualified for the NCAAs in the mile run, setting a school record of 4:01.66 at the Meyo Invitational. The Port Byron,
Women’s Track Athlete of the Week -
Men’s Field Athlete of the Week -
Straughn won the triple jump by six inches to highlight the Redbirds performance at the Eastern Illinois Friday Night Special inside the
Women’s Field Athlete of the Week - Olimpia Nowak, UNI, Fr., Rawicz, Poland
UNI freshman Olimpia Nowak put together an outstanding effort at the UNI-Dome Open on Saturday, posting the Panthers’ season-best marks in both the long jump and the 60-meter hurdles. Nowak won the long jump with a leap of 19 feet, 4 3/4 inches and, in the process, jumped to No. 2 on the MVC performance list in the event. Her mark was the best of any Valley competitor over the weekend and improved upon the Panthers’ previous season-best by 11 3/4 inches. The jump allowed Nowak to win the event by 8 3/4 inches over teammate
St. Louis The University of Northern Iowa men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams were overwhelming picks to capture team titles at the 2008 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship, March 1-2, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The Panthers received all six first place votes on the men’s side and garnered seven of eight on the women’s side in the annual pre-championship coaches’ poll.
Men's Pre-Championship Poll
Men's Pre-Championship Poll
Men (first-place votes)
points 1. UNI (6)
36 2. SIU
29 3. Indiana State
24 4. Wichita State
17 5. Illinois State
12 6. Drake
The ninth-ranked UNI men have won the past eight Valley indoor championships, equaling the longest streak in conference history (Drake; 1968-75). Last season, the Panthers set the conference meet record with 193 points, winning nine events and earning 27 all-conference honors.
This year, UNI enters the meet with eight NCAA scoring performances, eight top performances on the MVC best list and top-three performances in 11 events. They hold the top four times in the 800m, the top three times in the 400m, the top two in the 60m hurdles, high jump and heptathlon.
UNI’s Raven Cepeda set the all-time MVC record in the heptathlon at the UNI Invitational with 5,906 points, which is the top collegiate and the third-best American score this season. He’ll be looking to claim his fourth MVC heptathlon title and become the eighth four-time event winner in MVC indoor history.
Other four-time event winners: Carl Brown, West Texas State (50Y HH); Aubrey Herring, Indiana State (55m HH, 60m HH three times); Mike Franks, Southern Illinois (300m); Lansing Holman, Drake (440y); Bob Becker, Drake (1000y); Stephen Wray, Southern Illinois (HJ); Frankie Young, Indiana State (LJ).
The Salukis hold four top spots in the MVC best lists, including dominating positions in both throwing events. SIU lays claim to the top-three positions in the weight throw, with three of the conference’s 60-foot-plus throws on the season, and the top two spots in the shot put.
The Sycamores hold the league’s two best 60m runs and hold title-contending times in the 400m, 3000m and 5000m.
The coaches’ choice in the fourth spot is
Pole vaulter Beau Morris leads the MVC with a 16-8.75 (5.10m) jump and will look to end UNI’s run of three-straight pole vault champions.
The Shockers have strong point-scoring potential in the jumping, multi and mid-distance events.
The Redbirds boast strength in the distance events with
Women's Pre-Championship Poll
Women (first-place votes)
points 1. UNI (7)
61 2. Indiana State (1)
52 3. SIU
46 4. Wichita State
36 5. Illinois State
35 6. Missouri State
32 7. Drake
18 8. Bradley
Strength and depth in distance, throws, jumps and multi-events is the formula for the UNI, the top pick in the pre-championship poll on the women’s side with seven first place votes and 61 points.
The Panthers will attempt to break the two-year conference championship run of
The Sycamores will bring with them the top performers in the 400m, triple jump, pentathlon and the top two in the pole vault.
Kylie Hutson set the all-time MVC record in the pole vault at the Iowa State Classic with her leap of 13-7.75 (4.16m), and will head to Cedar Falls with a 1-7.25 gap over the competition.
The 21st-ranked Salukis have big point potential in American Record holding weight thrower
Two-time defending champion
2007 cross country champion
The Redbirds’ Devon Williams comes in as the top sprinter in the conference as she holds the top times in the 60m and 200m. She will be looking for her third 60m MVC title and her second-straight 200m crown after capturing the league’s Most Outstanding and Most Valuable Athlete of the Meet honors last year.
Leander Ernest, last season’s 400m champion, will contend for titles in the 400 and 800m events this season. She is the Valley leader in the 800m entering the championship.
The Bears’ 4x400 relay team will be the top seed in a competitive field.
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