June 7, 2012
Tuliamuk finished second out of the field of 24 runners with a time of 32:45.43 — just shy of her personal and season-best time (32:39.35). Texas A&M’s Natosha Rogers won the NCAA title with a time of 32:41.63.
Tuliamuk, from Kapenguria, Kenya, ran as part of the lead pack throughout the race. The pack dwindled to four runners in the final few laps before Rogers ran away for the win in the final stretch.
Tuliamuk improved upon her fifth-place, 10,000-meter finish from the 2011 NCAA Championships. She will compete again at Drake Stadium this week, running in the 5,000 meters at 12:19 p.m. Saturday.
Thursday marked a busy day for Wichita State student-athletes in Des Moines.
Senior Trudo, from Wamego, Kan., competed in the men’s javelin at the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in his Wichita State career.
His top throw of 233-10 Thursday gave him an 11th-place finish overall in the event.
Junior Tomas Cotter ran a personal best 8:49.85 in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals. The time ranks third on Wichita State’s all-time top-10 list and marked the Shockers’ fastest time since Bob Christensen ran the event in 8:32.40 in 1976.
Cotter, from Dundalk, Ireland, finished eighth in his heat and 17th overall. The top 14 runners, overall, advanced to Saturday’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final.
Seniors Todd McKown and Lawson Montgomery ran in the men’s 110-meter hurdle semifinals Thursday.
Montgomery, from Bennington, Kan., finished fourth in his heat and 13th overall with a time of 13.79. McKown, from Valley Center, Kan., finished sixth in his heat and 16th overall out of 24 competitors with a time of 13.84. The top eight runners, overall, advanced to Saturday’s event finals.
Junior Tanya Friesen, from Buhler, Kan., competed in four events during the first day of the women’s heptathlon.
She ran the 100-meter hurdles in 14.35 for 929 points and jumped 5-5 ¼ in the high jump for 806 points. Friesen produced a top mark of 29-6 in the shot put for 464 points and finished the 200 meters in 25.29 for 860 points.
Friesen finished day one of the multi-event with 3,059 points for 23rd place overall. The heptathlon continues starting at 3 p.m. Friday with the long jump, followed by the javelin, then concludes with the 800 meters.
The NCAA Championships continue through Saturday at Drake Stadium, with two Shockers competing Friday. Tanya Friesen continues in the heptathlon starting at 3 p.m. with the long jump, followed by the javelin and 800 meters. Shocker sophomore J’Lynn Ledesma competes in the high jump at 4:30 p.m.