Wichita State’s Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton qualified for the NCAA Championships by placing second in the Midwest Regional cross country meet on Friday.
Tuliamuk-Bolton ran a time of 19 minutes, 55.67 seconds on the 6-kilometer course in Springfield, Mo. She finished four second behind Iowa State’s Betsy Saina.
Tuliamuk-Bolton won last year’s regional before finishing 12th in the national meet.
WSU finished 17th in the 35-team field. Kaitlyn McLeod ran a 22:17.74 to finish 70th. Illness caused Sam Shukla to drop out of the race. The WSU men placed 14th in the 30-team field. Tomas Cotter placed 56th (31:44.31) in the 10-kilometer race, followed by Sterling Spencer (32:04.64) in 67th.
The Iowa State women won the regional title. Oklahoma State and Oklahoma tied for the men’s title.
Missouri Valley Conference champion Illinois State finished eighth in the women’s race. Kansas, led by Kathleen Thompson’s 47th-place finish, finished 14th. Kansas State’s Laura Galvan (20:45.72) placed seventh to help the Wildcats finish No. 19.
The Kansas men finished sixth with Kansas State 21st. KU’s Gabe Gonzalez (30:58.76) led the Jayhawks by finishing 24th (30:58.76). Kansas State’s Ryan Hershner (32:40.74) placed 91st.
The NCAA meet is Nov. 17 in Louisville, Ky.