Three Shockers Earn Top 10 Finishes at the NCAA Meet
Tanya Friesen, Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton and Tomas Cotter finished in the top 10 in the nation in their events. Each of these three Shocker seniors earned NCAA All-American honors on Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Friesen shattered the Missouri Valley Conference and WSU heptathlon records with a score of 5,899 points, beating the previous Valley record by 72 points. Friesen’s performance earned her fifth place, making the senior one of the top five all around athletes in the country.

With this record setting score, Friesen earned NCAA First-Team All-American honors for the first time in her career.

Friesen began her day with a mark of 19-9 in the long jump. The senior scored 856 points to move into sixth place overall.

On her second throw in the javelin, Friesen tossed a mark of 137-2. Friesen’s throw ranked sixth among her fellow heptathletes and kept her in sixth place overall.

In the final event of her collegiate career, Friesen ran a time of 2:17.89 in the 800m run. With this performance set a new school and conference record of 5,899 points.

Friesen’s 800m time was her third personal best of the meet. The senior concludes her career at Wichita State as the school’s all-time pentathlon and heptathlon leader and ranks in the top-10 in six events between indoor and outdoor.

The Buhler, Kan. native earned NCAA First-Team All-American honors to add to her two Second-Team All-American plaques. She is also a three-time conference champion. Friesen also earned the 2013 MVC Most Valuable Athlete Award.

In the final race of her decorated career, Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton placed fourth in the nation in the 5,000m run. Tuliamuk-Bolton’s time of 15:51.13 earned her NCAA First-Team All-American honors for the 13th time.

“Today, I watched two of the best Shockers ever,” said Head Coach Steve Rainbolt. “On track & field’s biggest stage, these two girls stamped themselves firmly into the history book of WSU. I am so proud of both of them.”

Tuliamuk-Bolton graduates with an unprecedented 13 MVC Championships. With her consecutive second place finishes in the 10,000m run, she is also the highest women’s NCAA finisher in Shocker history.

The Kenyan also owns five MVC records. She ranks as the fifth fastest woman in NCAA history in both the  5,000m and 10,000m races. Tuliamuk-Bolton is the fastest woman in NCAA history never to win a national championship.

Thanks to Friesen and Tuliamuk-Bolton’s efforts, the Shocker women currently rank 11th in the overall team standings.

Tomas Cotter wrapped up his Shocker career with a ninth place finish in the 3,000m steeplechase. Cotter crossed the finished line with a time of 8:45.10 to earn NCAA Second-Team All-American honors for the first time in his career.

“It was a fantastic season for a tremendous competitor and a team leader,” Distance Coach, Kirk Hunter said. “The only painful part is that he missed first-team All-American. After all he has done for us, I wanted that for him.” 

The Irishman’s WSU tenure ends with his highest ever national finish. Cotter also won four MVC Championships in just two years with the Shockers. Like Friesen, he also captured the 2013 MVC Most Valuable Athlete Award.

In addition to their athletic accomplishments, Friesen, Tuliamuk-Bolton, and Cotter have each earned MVC Scholar Athlete honors every year they have been eligible. Friesen and Tuliamuk-Bolton both have won three of these awards, while Cotter has won two.

Jon Rizzo will compete for the Shockers on the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  The senior will throw the javelin at 2:30 p.m. central time. 

Rizzo enters the competition ranked 12th in the country. He will throw in the second flight.

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