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Courtesy: Chris Donahue
Photo Courtesy: Chris Donahue
UNI Men Picked 4th, Women 6th for MVC Championships
Courtesy: UNI Athletics Communications  
Release: Sunday 05/08/2012

The Missouri Valley Conference released its pre-championship poll Tuesday for the upcoming State Farm MVC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, and the University of Northern Iowa men and women have been picked fourth and sixth, respectively. The rankings are the result of a poll of the league's head coaches.

The Panther men finished fourth with 31 points. Wichita State led the poll with 49 points and all seven first-place votes. Defending champion Indiana State came in second with 40 points, and Southern Illinois was third with 34. Illinois State (19), Drake (16) and Bradley (7) round out the poll.

The UNI men own 21 performances that rank in the league's top five this year, including Valley leaders Jarred Herring (100m), Aaron Stockstell (800m), Justin Romero (shot put), Jordan Williams (discus), Daniel Gooris (decathlon) and the 4x100m relay.

On the women's side, UNI earned 23 points to come in sixth. Wichita State received 60 points and five of the eight first-place votes to top the poll. Illinois State was second with 54 points, and Southern Illinois and Missouri State tied for third with 44 points apiece. Indiana State was fifth with 37 points, followed by UNI (23), Drake (17), and Bradley (9).

The UNI women have 13 performances that are currently in the MVC's top five.

The State Farm MVC Outdoor Championships will take place in Wichita, Kan., on May 11-13.

2012 Men's Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championship Poll

Rank    Team (1st-place votes)             Points

1.         Wichita State (7)                      49

2.         Indiana State                            40

3.         Southern Illinois                        34

4.         UNI                                         31

5.         Illinois State                              19

6.         Drake                                       16

7.         Bradley                                    7

2012 Women's Outdoor Track & Field Pre-Championship Poll

Rank    Team (1st-place votes)             Points

1.         Wichita State (5)                      60

2.         Illinois State (2)                        54

T3.       Southern Illinois (1)                   44

T3.       Missouri State                          44

5.         Indiana State                            37

6.         UNI                                         23

7.         Drake                                       17

8.         Bradley                                    9

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