Wichita State’s women’s track and field team finished second by 1.5 points to Indiana State in the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships in Des Moines.
Indiana State finished with 166.5 points, ahead of two-time defending champion WSU’s 165. The WSU men also finished second behind Indiana State. The Sycamores men totaled 198.5 points to WSU’s 168.5
WSU’s Tomas Cotter earned men’s Most Valuable Athlete honors after totaling 20 points. He won the 3,000-meter steeplechase and Sunday’s 1,500 with a time of 3 minutes, 50.02 seconds. Tanya Friesen totaled 30.75 points to win the women’s Most Valuable Athlete honor. She won the heptathlon, finished second in the long jump and third in the high jump.
On Sunday, WSU’s Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton won her second outdoor 5,000 with a time of 16 minutes, 43.64 seconds. Freshman Mariah Grace took second in the discus with a toss of 174 feet, 9 inches. Natalie Morerod finished second in the 400-meter hurdles (59.19) and Alex Reed placed second in the 400 with a career-best time of 47.94. Ryan Hocker, the indoor 800 champion, placed third at 1:52.48.
On the women’s side, Indiana State’s strength in the sprints helped it pass the Shockers. The Sycamores won the 100 and the 400 relay, as well as the 400-meter hurdles and the 1,600 relay.