Wichita State’s Aliphine Tuliamuk finished fifth in the women’s 5,000 meters during the final day of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at Drake Stadium.
Tuliamuk, from Kapenguria, Kenya, ran as part of the lead pack for much of the race, and moved into the top two runners with about one mile remaining.
Tuliamuk went on to finish fifth overall in 16:18.61. Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino won the women’s 5,000-meter title in 16:11.34.
With Saturday’s finish, Tuliamuk secured her fourth USTFCCCA First Team All-American honor of the season and became the first Wichita State track & field student-athlete to garner four all-America titles in a season (indoor and outdoor combined).
She also is the lone female athlete in NCAA Division I track & field this season to finish in the top eight of the indoor 3,000 meters, indoor 5,000 meters, outdoor 10,000 meters and outdoor 5,000 meters.
Tuliamuk improved upon her eighth-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
She secured 12 points for the Shocker women throughout the week, giving Wichita State a 28th-place finish out of 68 teams at the NCAA Championships.
Tuliamuk finished second in the women’s 10,000 meters Thursday at Drake Stadium. She clocked a time of 32:45.43 – less than four seconds behind winner Natosha Rogers from Texas A&M.