Wichita State sophomore Carli McCloud was once told by doctors that she would never be able to compete in gymnastics because of a rare injury. Not only did McCloud come back, but she is now a cheerleader for the Shockers.
Wichita State sophomore Winny Koskei will try to knock off defending champion Hannah Miller from SMU to win the 2018 cross country championship at the American Athletic Conference meet in Philadelphia.
The Wichita State women’s doubles team of Fatima Bizhukova and Marta Bellucco made it to the semifinals of the ITA All-American Championships, the best performance at a major tournament in program history.
A 9-year-old from Wichita, Juliah Bolden, owns nearly every national record when it comes to sprinting for her age group. She is considered the fastest 8-year-old in US history and won national championships.
Former Wichita State runner Kellyn Taylor won the 2018 Grandma's Marathon, a major running event, with a personal-best and course-record time. Taylor hopes to make the 2020 US Olympics team as a marathoner.
The Wichita State men's javelin unit of Aaron True, Taran Taylor, Damien Odle, John Hoplin and Jeff Ast is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA. True and Odle will compete for the Shockers' track and field team at the NCAA Championships in June.
The Wichita State track and field team has specialized over the years in identifying small-town athletes who have gone on to become conference champions. The Shockers had Austin Corley, Kendra Henry and Aaron True do it in 2018.