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SPORTS SHORTS: Drake men accept CIT berth

DES MOINES — The Drake University men’s basketball team has accepted an invitation to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT). The Bulldogs open postseason action Friday at Southern Utah, with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m.

This is the second-straight CIT appearance for Drake and fourth in program history. It is also the 12th postseason appearance in program history.

The Bulldogs are coming off the heels of a historic season in which the team won 24 games to earn a share of the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title.

UNI women play Minnesota in WNIT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — The University of Northern Iowa women’s basketball team will face Minnesota in Minneapolis on Friday in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament.

The Panthers are making a trip to the WNIT tournament for the fifth time since 2013 and for a second-straight season. They are 3-7 all time in the WNIT.

It is also the ninth postseason tournament in the last 10 years for UNI. The Panthers were awarded the automatic bid from the Missouri Valley Conference after both Missouri State and Drake were selected to the NCAA Tournament.

UNI finished third in the MVC with a 20-12 overall record, and it fell in the semifinals of the MVC Tournament to eventual-champion Missouri State.

Minnesota was 20-10 playing in the Big Ten Conference. This is the 10th overall meeting between the Panthers and Gophers, with Minnesota winning the last meeting by a 73-55 margin in Cedar Falls in 2014.

Wyant leads MHS at Central Indoor

PELLA — The Marshalltown boys track and field team competed at the Central College Indoor Meet on Friday.

There were a couple of top-20 finishes from the Bobcats, with Gabe Wyant having the highest placing by taking 11th in the long jump with a vault of 5.88 meters. Jordan Anderson also took 12th in the shot put with a heave of 13.39 meters.

Two relay teams cracked the top-20 as well. The 4×800-meter team of Zach Bitker, Marshall Weeden, Conner Smith and Jose Orozco finished in 15th place with a time of 9 minutes, 58.5 seconds, and the 4×400-meter of Deonte Dean, Gage Stalzer, Wyant and Bitker were 17th in a time of 3:54.99.