ST. LOUIS -- Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton of Wichita State University and Jose Ribas of Creighton University have been selected Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athletes of the Week, Commissioner Doug Elgin announced today. Tuliamuk-Bolton and Ribas were honored for their performances during the period of November 12-18.
Now in its 14th year of existence, The Valley’s Scholar-Athlete program honors its student-athletes for their athletic performance for a one-week period and academic success in the classroom.
A member of the Wichita State women’s cross country team, Tuliamuk-Bolton, a senior from Kapenguria, Kenya, finished fourth overall in the 6,000-meter race at the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, on Saturday, November 17.
A top 13 finisher in three-consecutive NCAA Championships, Tuliamuk-Bolton, who has a 3.42 cumulative grade-point average in health services management and community development, posted the best individual finish in Wichita State cross country history, establishing a Shocker 6K school record with a time of 19:33.70 at Tom Sawyer State Park.
A midfielder for the 12th-ranked Creighton men’s soccer team, Ribas, a sophomore from Guayaquil, Ecuador, collected two assists in 90 minutes of action during the Bluejays’ 4-2 win over 21st-ranked Washington in an NCAA Second Round match in Omaha, Nebraska, on Sunday, November 18.
A four-time MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week selection in 2012, Ribas, who has a 3.60 cumulative grade-point average in business, recorded his seventh assist of the season from the corner on Creighton’s go-ahead goal against the Huskies in the 55th minute. Ribas added his eighth assist of the season on the Jays’ game-winning goal exactly 11 minutes later on another corner.
To qualify for Missouri Valley Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Week laurels, student-athletes must carry a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20, completed at least one academic year at a Valley institution and must be at least a sophomore in academic standing.
Redshirt freshmen and first-year junior college transfers are not eligible. In addition to the academic qualifications, student-athletes will be evaluated on their athletic performance for a one-week period.