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Wednesday, February 21, 2007 | Track & Field
Coaches Reach Consensus on UNI, Wichita State in Track & Field Pre-Championship Poll
The national No. 13 UNI men and the
Raven Cepeda leads the Panthers’ attack with the second-highest heptathlon total in the nation and an automatic qualification into the NCAA Indoor Championships.
The UNI men have posted eight other NCAA provisional marks in six events, including two relays and hold the best marks in the MVC in 10 events entering the championship.
The Sycamores boast three leaders on the MVC Best List and look to challenge for the team title after back-to-back runner-up finishes.
Host Southern Illinois received 21 points, just one ahead of
Saluki throwers Joe Mueller and Brenton Siemons hold the best two MVC throws in the weight throw and Siemons boasting the conference-best shot put as well. Mohamed Mohamed, the 2006 MVC cross country champion, leads the conference with the best 5,000-meter run.
Drake finished just behind
The defending champions Shockers boast an MVC top-five performance in 15 events, holding the top mark in six and the second-best spot in five more.
Linda Feldberga and Brooke Demo are the Shockers’ NCAA provisional qualifiers in the 800-meters and pole vault, respectively.
The UNI women totaled 50 points for second-place in the poll.
Thrower Rachel Jansen holds the league standard in the shot put and the second-best mark in the weight throw and has provisionally qualified for both events at the NCAA Championship.
Southern Illinois and
The Salukis hold two MVC-best marks, but more impressively, thrower Brittany Riley set the new world record in the weight throw by more than a meter on Jan. 27 at the Gladstein Invitational.
Drake and Bradley round out the poll, with the Bulldogs’ distance medley relay team holding the MVC-best time of the year.
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