WSU Women Earn Highest Ever NCAA Finish
On the final day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Shockerwomen earned their highest team finish in school history. Jon Rizzo also finished his career with NCAA All-American honors at Hayward Field.

Thanks to Tanya Friesen’s fifth place finish in the heptathlon, and Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton placing in the top five in both of her races, the Shocker women finished 16th overall at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

With this 16th place finish, the Shockers earned their highest team finish in school history. WSU”s previous best was a 23rd place finish in 2006.

 This has been one of the most meaningful NCAA Championship meets in my memory,” said Head Coach Steve Rainbolt. “For our women to have the highest finish in the history of WSU as a result of Tanya Friesen finishing her senior year with such a dramaticeffort in the heptathlon and  Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton finishing her spectacular career with two amazing races wasvery special for me and our program.”

The Shockers previous highest finish came in 2006 when they scored11 points to finish 23rd in the nation. This finish also marks the second time in the last three seasons that the Shockers have produced two NCAA First-Team All-Americans.

Friesen and Tuliamuk-Bolton combined to score 17 points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.  This point total is the highest the Shockers have ever had at the NCAA meet.

WSU was one of four teams in the Valley to score points on the women’s side. The Shockers earned the highest finish of any team in the conference.

Jon Rizzo launched the javelin 225-1 feet. He finished 13th in the nation. This performance earned Rizzo NCAA Second-Team All-American honors for the first time in his career.

“For our three men to finish 9th, 10th and 13th was also a great effort,” Rainbolt said. “I was really proud of Tomas Cotter, Austin Bahner and Jon Rizzo, All three of those guyscame to the toughest stage in collegiate track & field and performed beautifully. This was truly a magical week”

The senior from Goddard, Kan. also earned All-MVC honors for the first time in his career this season. Rizzo graduates ranked third all-time in the javelin at Wichita State.

In the 2013 season, The Wichita State Women earned their highest team finishes in school history during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.  The Shocker women also won their third MVC Indoor Championship in four years.

Nine Shockers won a total of 14 MVC Championships. A total of 25 Shockers delivered All-MVC performances. Eight new school records were set in the 2013 season.