May 8, 2012
Wichita State is hosting the conference championships May 11-13 at Cessna Stadium.
The Shocker women look to repeat as team champions this weekend after picking up 60 points and five first-place votes in the pre-championship poll. Shocker student-athletes pace the conference in five women's events this spring.
The Shocker men seek their eighth team title overall and fifth since 2000. Wichita State claimed all seven first-place votes and 49 total points in the pre-championship poll. The Shockers hold the Valley's top marks of the season in six men's events.
The Wichita State women's team is led by junior Aliphine Tuliamuk, who ranks among the nation's top five this season in the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. She set MVC records in both events this spring and also leads the Valley in the 1,500 meters. She won the MVC 5,000-meter title in 2011.
Senior Audacia Moore has won back-to-back individual titles in the women's 100 meters and is a three-time winner of the women's 200 meters. She was named the Women's Most Valuable Athlete after scoring the most total points at the 2011 outdoor meet. She holds the conference's top mark of the season in the 200 meters.
Natalie Morerod (100-meter hurdles) and J'Lynn Ledesma (high jump) also lead the conference this season in their events. Junior Tanya Friesen ranks among the conference's top five in the heptathlon, 100-meter hurdles, high jump and long jump.
On the men's side, senior Dylan Hartnett has the conference's best 200 meter and 400 meter times entering this weekend's competition. He is the defending conference champion in the 400 meters.
Senior Todd McKown is a two-time defending champion in the 110-meter hurdles and owns the Valley's top time of the season in the event. He was named the Men's Most Outstanding Athlete at last season's outdoor championships.
Tomas Cotter (3,000-meter steeplechase), Brandon Childs (high jump) and the Shockers' 4x400-meter relay team also pace the MVC. Austin Bahner holds top-three spots in the 100 meters, long jump and decathlon