PALO ALTO, Calif.- Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton improved her already impressive resume at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. The senior shattered her own Missouri Valley Conference record in the 10,000m run with a time of 32:07.20.
Competing against an elite field of professional runners and NCAA All-Americans, Tuliamuk Bolton placed seventh. The senior finished third among college athletes.
Tuliamuk-Bolton’s time also ranks third in the NCAA this season. An 11-time MVC champion, Tuliamuk-Bolton leads the rest of Valley by 2:22.10 in the 10,000m run. Proving that she continues to get better as her career progresses, Tuliamuk-Bolton shaved 32 seconds off of her previous personal best.
The senior also broke her own MVC Outdoor 5,000m record earlier this season crossing the finish line at 15:18.86. She leads her closest conference competition in this event by 1:27.59.
“Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton is the greatest female athlete in the history of this athletic department,” Said Head Coach, Steve Rainbolt. “It’s a special thing to have her on our team.”
Currently, Tuliamuk- Bolton holds four conference records and five Wichita State records. She has won 11 conference titles, and earned NCAA First-Team All-American honors 11 times.
The senior took home the MVC’s Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year during the 2012 season and earlier this season captured the conference’s Most Valuable Athlete Award by contributing 28 points individually to the Shockers indoor team championship.
Additionally, Tuliamuk-Bolton has earned MVC Scholar Athlete Honors in each of the past two seasons. She has also won the MVC Track Athlete of the Week Award 12 times in her career.
The Kenyan native’s record setting time fell .63 seconds shy of the World A Standard, meaning that the senior missed qualifying for the World Championships by less than a second.
Tuliamuk-Bolton and the rest of the Wichita State Track & Field team will travel to Des Moines, Iowa for the MVC Outdoor Championships May 10-12. Keep up with the Shockers on their road to conference by watching Shocker Track Weekly.