Track Set For MVC Indoor Championship

first_imgStory Links The Drake University men’s and women’s track and field teams travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa, this weekend for the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships. The Bulldogs head to the UNI Dome having recorded 21 total performances in 17 events that currently rank in the top-10 in the MVC.In the league’s annual pre-championship poll, both the men’s and women’s teams were predicted to finish seventh. However, with six indoor meets and numerous personal bests and all-time top-10 performances to date, the Bulldogs are optimistic to continue that trend and climb up the Valley standings. Below are a handful of athletes poised to make contributions towards that goal for the Bulldogs.DistanceSenior Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) leads the women’s team into the championship after taking fifth place in the 3,000 meters last year. This season, she owns the third-fastest mile time in the Valley (4:50.70) and the fourth-fastest 3,000-meter time (9:37.89). She also set the school record in the 5,000 meters at 16:17.30, but is not entered in that event for the MVC Championship.Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada) will both compete in the 3,000-meter event. Fischer holds the fifth fastest time in the MVC (8:06.88), while McCann (8:17.44) falls just a few seconds behind with the ninth fastest. Fischer will also race in the 5,000 meters while McCann will compete in the mile. The duo both bring an wealth of experience to the Championships with Fischer having finished seventh in the 5,000 meters last season while McCann was third in the mile last season.Sprints/HurdlesMary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) owns the third-fastest 60-meter hurdles in the MVC this season with a personal best of 8.52 at the Holiday Inn Invitational. As a sophomore, she aims to improve upon her third-place showing from last season when she clocked a personal best of 8.49. Young will also step into the blocks in the 200 meters and run a leg on the Bulldogs’ 4×400-meter relay. Another sophomore, Rai Ahmed-Green (Irvine, Cali.), once again looks to perform well for the Bulldogs. She ranks seventh in the MVC in the 400-meter dash this season with a time of 56.45, but owns an indoor personal best of 56.37. She too will compete in the 200 meters and  contribute on the 4×400-meter relay.For the men, Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.) ranks in the top 10 in the MVC in both the 60 and 200 meters. The senior recorded a fifth place finish in the 60 meters at the MVC Conference Championships last season, and has potential to improve upon that this year having already run 6.83 a time that is 0.10 faster than his fifth-place time last season. Teammate Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, Netherlands) holds the second fastest time in the MVC in the 400 meters as he shattered a 34-year-old school record in the event with a time of 47.53 in this, his first season as a Bulldog. He will also spend time on the Bulldogs’ 4×400-meter relay.JumpsSophomore Taryn Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas) will compete in both the long jump and the triple jump events. Her best triple jump performance of the season (40-8.25) is the second best in the conference and the second longest in Drake history. The Drake record holder in that event, Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) has jumped 39-9.25 this season and owns the school record with a mark of 40-9.75 set in a fifth-place finish at last year’s MVC Championship. Earlier this season, Bell unleashed a long jump of 19-7.5 that ranks as the top jump in the Valley this season and the third-best in school history.In the men’s triple jump Johnathan Osifuye (Woodbury, Minn) ranks eighth in the MVC with a jump of 46-10. He owns an indoor best of 47-2.5 and finished eight in the event at last year’s championship.Ryan Cook (Colorado Springs, Co.) and freshman Forest Moses (Highland Park, Ill.) both have top ten conference rankings in the high jump. Separated by a two inches with Cook clearing 6-8, the duo hopes to offer solid performances for the Bulldogs.The Missouri Valley Conference Indoor Championships begin Saturday, Feb.27 at 9:30 a.m. with the multi-events. Field events follow with a start time of 1:15 p.m., and the track events begin at 3:00 p.m. The competition continues Sunday, Feb. 28, with multi-events kicking off at 9:30 a.m., field events at 11:30 a.m., and track events beginning at 1:25 p.m. Print Friendly Version The Valley On ESPN3 (Sat.) Schedule Live Results Championship Central The Valley On ESPN3 (Sun.) last_img read more