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Tuesday, February 27, 2007 | Track & Field
2007 State Farm MVC Indoor Track & Field Championship
UNI set a new MVC Championship team scoring standard and Wichita State’s women lived up to their pre-championship favorite status as the 2007 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Track & Field Championship came to a close at the SIU Recreation Center in Carbondale, Ill., last Sunday.
UNI’s men turned in the best team scoring performance in MVC history, totaling 193 points en route to their eighth-consecutive team title tying Drake’s run from 1968-75 and winning nine individual events with 27 all-conference performances by 19 different athletes.
The Panthers scored in 14-of-17 men’s events, had multiple scorers in nine events, swept all-conference honors in the pole vault and 800-meter run, took the top-two places in the heptathlon and 400-meters, nabbed first and third-place in the 60-meter hurdles, claimed second and third in the high jump and grabbed relay titles in the distance medley and the 4 x 400-meters.
Raven Cepeda was named the meet’s Most Valuable Athlete for amassing the most individual points and the Most Outstanding Male Field Athlete of the meet for his mark in the heptathlon, the sixth best score in the country this season.
His teammate, Jarrel Anderson, was named Most Outstanding Male Track Athlete after his photo-finish, NCAA provisional qualifying win over Drake’s Derek Johnson in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.84, the 15th-best mark in the nation this season.
Runners-up Indiana State claimed 19 all-conference slots, four conference titles, had multiple scorers in nine events and scoring performances in 16, on their way to a respectable 145-point effort.
The Sycamores grabbed three of the top four positions in the triple jump, including the top-two spots.
Wichita State impressed on the women’s side, exhibiting depth and balance as they outdistanced the field by 44 points for the team crown.
The Shockers recorded scores in 13 events, multiple scorers in seven of those, took the top two spots in the 5,000-meters and the triple jump, and scored three athletes in the shot put and triple jump.
WSU claimed 18 all-conference honors and received titles in five events, including a pair of wins from Sarah Becker in the 3,000 and 5,000-meters.
They were able to overcome runners-up UNI at the top end, fighting of the Panthers’ placers in 13 events of their own, including an identical seven events with multiple scorers.
Illinois State’s Devon Williams was named the meet’s Most Valuable and Most Outstanding Female Track Athlete, earning two individual titles in the 60 and 200-meters while scoring as a member of two relay teams.
Southern Illinois’ Brittany Riley continued her dominating season by receiving the event’s Most Outstanding Female Field Athlete award by tossing the weight 23.12 meters (75-10.25), nearly a meter more than the nation’s second-best toss, yet 1.44 meters shy of her world record throw.
Male Most Valuable Athlete
Male- Raven Cepeda, UNI
Female - Devon Williams, Illinois St.
Most Outstanding Athlete:
Men’s Track - Jarrel Anderson, UNI
Women’s Track - Devon Williams, Illinois St.
Men’s Field - Raven Cepeda, UNI
Women’s Field - Brittany Riley, SIU
Coach of the Year
Men - Chris Bucknam, UNI
Women - Steve Rainbolt, WSU
Women’s Track Winners
60H - Jennifer Snyder, WSU, 8.63
60m - Devon Williams, Illinois St., 7.43P!
200m - Devon Williams, Illinois St., 24.33
400m - Leander Ernest, Missouri St., 54.91
800m - Jenny Reff, Drake, 2:12.72
Mile - Mica Land, WSU, 4:55.57
3,000m - Sarah Becker, WSU, 9:49.90
5,000m - Sarah Becker, WSU, 17:26.31
DMR - Indiana St. (Prince, Martin, Moore, Engle), 11:48.61
4x400 - UNI (Yahn, Wilson, Stipe, Carruthers), 3:46.83
Women’s Field Winners
Pentathlon - Erica Moore, Indiana St., 3,638
Pole Vault - Kylie Hutson, Indiana St., 3.86m (12-08.00)
Shot Put - Rachel Jansen, UNI, 17.20m (56-05.25)A&
Long Jump - Bianca Stuart, SIU, 6.31m (20-08.50)P
Weight Throw - Brittany Riley, SIU, 23.12m (75.10.25)A!
Triple Jump - Erika Kovesi, WSU, 12.49m (40-11.75)
High Jump - Crystal Hanson, UNI, 1.73m (5-08.00)
Men’s Track Winners
60H - Jarrel Anderson, UNI, 7.84P
60m - Jeramie Gray, Indiana St., 6.85
200m - Maxwell Mkwezalamba, Illinois St., 22.09
400m - Terrance Reid, UNI, 47.41P
800m - Kyle Smith, UNI, 1:52.37
Mile - Jordan Fife, Indiana St., 4:10.12
3,000m - Jeffry Grassmeyer, Drake, 8:32.80
5,000m - Dorian Ulrey, UNI, 14:55.61
DMR - UNI (White, Roberts, Cooper, Davis), 9:58.34
4x400 - UNI (Grenko, Harris, Mulder, Smith), 3:12.71P
Men’s Field Winners
Heptathlon - Raven Cepeda, UNI, 5,645P!
Pole Vault - Jarno Kivioja, UNI, 5.32m (17-05.50)P
Shot Put - Brenton Siemons, SIU, 17.11m (56-01.75)
Long Jump - Cody Eichmeier, UNI, 7.54m (24-09.00)P
High Jump - Curt Sunderland, Indiana St., 2.08m (6-09.75)
Weight Throw - Joe Mueller, SIU, 19.27m, (63-02.75)
Triple Jump - Paladin Jordan, Ind. St., 15.68m (51-05.50)P
Other Notable Performances for Non-Event Winners
Weight Throw - Rachel Jansen, UNI, 19.40m (63-07.75)P
60H - Derek Johnson, DU, 7.84P
Pole Vault - Andre Poljanec, UNI, 5.32m (17-05.50)P
Triple Jump - Steve Daniel, Indiana St., 15.61m (51-02.75)P
Triple Jump - Antwon Stapleton, SIU, 15.57m (51-01.00)P
! MVC Meet Record
& MVC All-Time Record
A NCAA Automatic
P NCAA Provitional
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