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Wichita State women win MVC indoor track title

  • Eagle staff
  • Published Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at 6:28 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Feb. 25, 2013, at 12:19 a.m.

Wichita State’s women’s track and field team won the Missouri Valley Conference Indoor championship for the third time in four years on Sunday.

The Shockers finished with 147 points to defeat Indiana State (138) at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton earned Most Valuable Athlete honors after winning the 3,000 and 5,000 meters and finishing second in the mile. She also ran on the first-place distance medley relay team.

The Shocker men finished second with 137 points, behind Indiana State’s 164.50.

WSU coach Steve Rainbolt was named women’s coach of the year after guiding the Shockers to their fifth title, all since 2006.

Tuliamuk-Bolton won Sunday’s 5,000 with a time of 16 minutes, 44.10 seconds, her 10th MVC championship. Her time of 4:49.319 finished behind Illinois State’s Rachael Brewer’s time of 4:49.315. J’Lynn Ledesma won the high jump for a second straight season, lepaing 6 feet, 11/4 inches to set meet and conference records. Shamoya Pruitt finished third in the 60-meter dash at 7.56 seconds.

Tanya Friesen started WSU’s titles by winning the pentathlon Saturday.

For the WSU men, Austin Bahner won the hepthatlon with 5,645 points. He won the 60-meter dash, long jump and shot put and finished second in the 1,000. Kerry Graber won the high jump with a leap of 6-93/4. Ryan Hocker’s time of 1:52.59 won the 800 with Jake Wike (1:52.91) second. D.J. Lindsay finished second in the 400 (49.14) and third in the 200 (22.15).

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