On the women’s side senior Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) holds top-10 times in both the 3,000 and 5,000 meters. Cofer’s times rank ninth and eighth, respectively, all-time at Drake. Senior Taryn Rolle (Nassau, The Bahamas) also moved up in the Drake record books with the sixth longest long jump in school history, 18-10.75. Rolle, who finished second and third at the 2016 and 2017 MVC Championships, holds the fourth best long jump this season in the Valley. Senior Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) continues to be one of the conference’s strongest 60-meter hurdlers with the third best time this season. Story Links Men’s Track and Field Pre-Championship Poll1. Illinois State, 76T-2. UNI, 65T-2. Indiana State, 654. Southern Illinois, 645. Bradley, 436. Loyola, 367. Drake, 258. Valparaiso, 229. Evansville, 9 Meet Schedule As a team both the men and women were picked to finish seventh in the annual pre-championship poll. The Illinois State men were picked as the favorites while the Redbirds women’s team tied with Indiana State at the top of the poll. The Drake University track and field teams are set to begin the championship portion of their season this weekend at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Action in the UNI Dome begins Saturday at 2 p.m. before resuming Sunday at 11 a.m. Competition from both days will be broadcast via The Valley on ESPN3. Live Results Sunday Live Stream Saturday Live Stream Women’s Track and Field Pre-Championship PollT-1. Illinois State, 95T-1. Indiana State, 953. Southern Illinois, 784. UNI, 715. Missouri State, 596. Loyola, 467. Drake, 428. Bradley, 34T-9. Evansville, 15T-9. Valparaiso, 15 Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs enter the MVC Championships with 12 performances that rank in the top-10 this season in the Valley. Sophomore Deonne Witherspoon (South Bend, Ind.) holds the second-best 60 meter time in the conference after setting a personal best 6.76 at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational. Junior Aaron Chier (Belgium, Wis.) ranks ninth in both the 60 and 200 meters while newcomer Kevin Kelly quickly made his mark this season in the mile ranking tenth. Senior Bas Van Leersum (Zaandam, Netherlands) will look to continue his strong performance in the 400 meters after finishing third in both the 2016 and 2017 Indoor MVC Championships.