Wichita State senior Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton finished second in the women’s 10,000-meter race Wednesday night at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore.
Iowa State’s Betsy Saina won the race in 33 minutes, 8.85 seconds. Saina and Tuliamuk-Bolton ran together for most of the race. Saina pulled away in the final lap and finished 5.27 seconds ahead.
Tuliamuk-Bolton, who earned All-America honors for the 12th time in her WSU career, also finished second in the 10,000 last year. She will finish her career Friday in the 5,000.
WSU junior Austin Bahner was in eighth place after the first day of the decathlon with 4,033 points, 356 behind leader Jeremy Taiwo of Washington. Bahner had personal bests in the long jump (24 feet, 9 1/4 inches) and shot put (43-0 1/2).
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Thomas Cotter qualified for the steeplechase final, placing seventh in his heat in 8:43.38.
The top-ranked Kansas women’s team picked up 17 points on the opening day with a third-place finish in the hammer throw from Alena Krechyk (223-10), a sixth in the javelin from Heather Bergmann (172-10) and Andrea Geubelle’s second in the long jump (21-4). Geubelle will compete in the triple jump on Friday.
The KU women’s 400 relay qualified for the final with the sixth-fastest time (44.32 seconds). But KU junior Diamond Dixon failed to qualify for the 400 final. She was third in her heat in 52.38, the 10th-best time. Dixon finished third in the 400 in both 2011 and 2012.
In other results: Kansas State’s Kyle Wait tied for seventh in the pole vault (17-8 1/2); KU’s Michael Stigler won his heat in the 400 hurdles (49.66) and qualified for Friday’s final, while Nebraska’s Miles Ukaoma, a junior from Maize, won his heat in 49.63; Mississippi’s Isaiah Young of Junction City won his 100 heat in 10.00; KU’s Kyle Clemons was third in his 400 heat (46.01) and failed to advance.