DES MOINES, Iowa- After one day of competition at the Missouri Valley Conference Championships, the Shocker women hold a 12 point lead. The Shocker men stand second, 13 points back of first place, Southern Illinois.
Competing at her final MVC meet, Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton won the women’s 10,000m run with a time of 34:44.01. Tuliamuk-Bolton smashed her own meet record with this mark. Now a 12- time MVC Champion, Tuliamuk-Bolton will return to run the 5,000m and 1,500m races on Sunday.
Austin Bahner kicked off the meet for the Shockers by sprinting a PR of 10.63 in the first event of the decathlon, the 100m dash. Bahner took the lead in the decathlon with 945 points. Justin Hickey also bolted his way to a PR of 11.24 to score 808 points.
In his second event of the day, Bahner jumped a season best of 23-11 ½ in the llong jump. Bahner led all multis in the event to score 886 points.
Mac Griffith topped all other decathletes in the shot put with a throw of 44-2 ½ to score 696 points. The senior’s toss earned him a PR and moved him into fifth place after three events.
Tanya Friesen bested the field in the heptathlon high jump clearing 5-8 ¾ to score 916 points. The senior took the lead after two events.
In the men’s decathalon high jump, Griffith won his second event of the day when he cleared 6-7 ½. Griffith stood in fourth place after missing his PR by a centimeter.
Nikki Larch-Miller captured the top score in the heptathlon shot put with a PR of 38-0. Gavyn Yetter, Friesen, Jaclyn Abrahamian, and Sierra Hays helped the Shockers sweep the top five spots in the shot put.
Friesen delivered a personal best of 24.66 in the final event of the day, the 200m dash. The reigning MVC heptathlon Champion leads the field with 3374 points on day one. Larch-Miller ends the first day of her first career conference meet in second place with 3136 points.
In the women’s javelin, Abrahamian earned All-MVC honors with a second place finish in the women’s javelin with a throw of 137-11. Friesen earned third place with a new personal best of 137-7.
Jon Rizzo had monster night in the javelin with five throws further than his PR. Rizzo’s new best of 231-11 ranks third all-time at WSU and beat his previous PR by 15 feet. The senior earned second place with this performance. Tyson Holmes (193-11) and Dylan Reimer (191-8)finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Marcos Bailon ended day one for the Shockers with a sixth place finish in the 10,000m run. The senior finished with a time of 30:56.07
The MVC Outdoor Championships continue on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. with day two of the decathlon and heptathlon. Tomas Cotter will also try to repeat as the conference’s 3,000m steeplechase champion.
Ryan Hocker, the 2013 MVC Indoor Championship will try to sweep the event. The Shocker high jumpers will also be in action.
Click here to follow along with the MVC Championships live. Watch the video below to see Coach Rainbolt’s pre-meet speech.