INDIANAPOLIS – Junior Joe Cerne is headed back to the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships to compete in the decathlon. Cerne officially earned the invitation when the NCAA released the participant list on Sunday.
Cerne is the two-time defending Northwest Conference decathlon champion, posting a winning score of 6,321 points at this year's conference meet. That score has him ranked 14th nationally going into the national meet in La Crosse, Wis.
Last year Cerne came into his first championship meet ranked 16th and he finished 14th in the two-day competition. He posted a career-best score of 6,416 points.
The championship meet will take place in La Crosse, Wis., from May 23-25. The decathlon is a two-day event that begins on Thursday and concludes Friday.