A monumental spring keeps getting better for former Wichita State distance runner Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton, who earned United State citizenship in late April.
On Saturday, she won the USA Track and Field 25-kilometer championship on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Mich.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” she told Peter J. Wallner of Mlive.com. “I wanted to win the race because I am so proud to now be an American, but I also wanted to win this for the women.”
Tuliamuk-Bolton earned $9,500 for finishing first among all runners, male and female. She ran the course in a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes, 10 seconds.
At WSU, she won NCAA All-American honors 13 times in track and cross country, highlighted by finishing second in the 10,000 meters in the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships.