Saluki men picked third, women voted fourth in MVC pre-championship poll

    Three-time indoor MVC Champion Zach Dahleen is the reigning champion in the mile run.

    Three-time indoor MVC Champion Zach Dahleen is the reigning champion in the mile run.

    Feb. 21, 2013

    MVC Release

    ST. LOUIS -- Saluki track and field were picked third and fourth in men's and women's competition, respectively, in the Missouri Valley Conference pre-championship poll for the MVC Indoor Championships this Saturday and Sunday.

    The Saluki men -- reigning MVC indoor champions -- received 24 points in the poll for third place. No. 25 Indiana State received five of six first-place votes, the last vote going to Wichita State.

    On the women's side the vote was closer; No. 17 Indiana State received three votes against Wichita State's four. Southern, while receiving less points than third place Illinois State, still received the remaining first-place vote.

    The Salukis return seven All-MVC performers from the 2012 indoor championships, including two event champions: Zach Dahleen in the mile run, and the distance medley relay team (Dahleen, T.J. Heffernan and Oscar Medina return).

    The MVC Indoor Championships will be hosted by the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23-24.

    Returning All-MVC:
    Zach Dahleen - Mile Run (champion)
    Distance Medley Relay - Zach Dahleen, T.J. Heffernan, Oscar Medina (champions)
    Neal Anderson - 5000 meter run (second place)
    Kenya Culmer - High Jump (second place)
    Dougie Palacious - Long Jump (second place); Triple Jump (second place)
    Mobola Rotibi - 800 meter run (third place)
    Dominic Williams - 200 meter dash (third place)

     

     

    Men's MVC Indoor Track and Field Pre-Championship Poll
    1. Indiana State (5), 35 pts.
    2. Wichita State (1), 30 pts.
    3. Southern Illinois, 24 pts.
    4. Northern Iowa, 18 pts.
    5. Drake, 11 pts.
    6. Illinois State, 8 pts.

    Women's MVC Indoor Track and Field Pre-Championship Poll
    1. Wichita State (4), 60 pts.
    2. Indiana State (3), 58 pts.
    3. Illinois State, 43 pts.
    4. Southern Illinois (1), 39 pts.
    5. Missouri State, 38 pts.
    6. Northern Iowa, 22 pts.
    7. Drake, 18 pts.
    8. Bradley, 10 pts.

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