WICHITA, Kan.- Eight Wichita State track and field student-athletes were named to the Division I All-Academic Track and Field Team, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced today.
Tanya Friesen, a senior criminal justice major from Buhler, Kan., earned NCAA Second Team All-American honors in the indoor pentathlon and First Team All-American honors in the outdoor heptathlon for the 2012-13 season. She was also the Missouri Valley Conference Champion in those events. She was named the MVC Most Valuable Athlete in 2013 and claimed MVC Scholar-Athlete honors for the third consecutive year.
Jennifer Pinkston, a freshman mathematics major from Overland Park, Kan., earned All-MVC honors with her second place finish in the pentathlon at the MVC Indoor Championships.
Courtney Reinke, a senior social work major from Olathe, Kan., finished in second place in the triple jump at the MVC Indoor Championships with a 41-5. She bested that mark at the MVC Outdoor Championships with a 41-63/4, which was good for another second place finish. Reinke was also named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team for the third straight year.
Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton, a senior health services management major from Kapenguria, Kenya, has the best time in Wichita State history in the indoor 3,000m (9:07.21), indoor 5,000m (15:25.47), outdoor 5,000m (15:18.86) and outdoor 10,000m (32:07.20). She also holds the MVC record in those events. She was named All-MVC for both the indoor and outdoor seasons and earned MVC Scholar-Athlete honors all three years she was eligible.
Tobias Boese, a junior sport management major from Dodge City, Kan., placed fourth in the decathlon at the MVC Outdoor Championships by scoring 6,949 points. Boese earned MVC Scholar-Athlete Honors for the second straight season in 2013.
Justin Hickey, a senior computer engineering major from Cheney, Kan., finished eighth in the heptathlon with a score of 5,006 at the MVC Indoor Championships. Hickey was also named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team for the second straight season in 2013.
Tyson Holmes, a freshman pre-nursing major from Overbrook, Kan., had a impressive season in his first year as a Shocker which saw him throw the ninth farthest javelin in Wichita State history (213-4) at the KT Woodman Classic. Holmes also finished fourth at the MVC Outdoor Championships in the javelin throw.
Jacob Wike, a senior English language arts major from Derby, Kan., rounded-out his Shocker career by being named to the All-MVC Team in the indoor 800m run and the mile. He finished second at the MVC Indoor Championships with a time of 1:52.97. Wike was also named to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team for the second straight season in 2013.
To qualify for the USTFCCCA All-Academic Track and Field Team, the student-athlete must have compiled a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and have met either of the following athletic standards: for the indoor season, a student-athlete must have finished the regular season ranked in the national top 96 in an individual event or ranked in the national top 48 (collective listing) in a relay event on the official NCAA POP list provided by TFRRS.org; for the outdoor season, a student-athlete must have participated in any round of the NCAA Division I Championships (including preliminary rounds).