Four Valley student-athletes competed on the fourth and final day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium.
Listed below are the individual school recaps from each of the four competitors on the second day of competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships:
Missouri State triple jumper Kimsue Grant (Jr., Arlington, Va.) posted a best effort of 12.82 meters (42 feet, 0.75 inches) here today (June 9) at the NCAA Championships to finish 16th in the field of 24 national finalists.
Grant's effort was her second-best jump of the season, shy of the 42-8 she notched at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships in Wichita on May 13. Grant finished second at the MVC meet in the triple jump and went on to place 9th last week at the NCAA first round in Austin, Texas to advance to the national finals.
Her first effort early Saturday was 12.33 meters (40 feet, 5.5 inches). She then fouled on her second attempt before turning in the 12.82 jump on her third and final attempt of the day, to place in the top 16 and qualify her for All-America second-team consideration. The USTFCCCA All-America Team will officially be announced next week.
University of Northern Iowa senior Justin Romero took 19th place in the shot put at the NCAA Championships on Saturday morning to wrap up the Panthers' slate of events at Drake Stadium.
Romero, the all-time Missouri Valley Conference record-holder in the shot put, recorded a foul on his first attempt. He threw 59-00.00 (17.98m) on his second attempt - a mark that would have been a new school record prior to Romero's assault on the record books this season - but fouled on his third and final attempt and did not advance to the finals.
Romero broke the UNI school record in the shot put by more than one foot on three separate occasions this year and was one of the most prominent faces in a group of Panther throwers that has re-written the school's record books over the past two seasons.
Romero will be named an honorable mention All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for his 19th-place finish.
The Southern Illinois women's track and field team finished the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in a tie for 14th place.
SIU's final competitor in the meet, senior Malaikah Love, finished 10th in the triple jump Saturday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Love's leap of 42-11.00 earned her Second Team All-America honors.
The Saluki women finished the NCAA Championships with 16 team points along with four other teams. Senior Jeneva McCall accounted for all of SIU's points, scoring 10 points with a national title in the hammer throw and six points with a third-place finish in the shot put.
The SIU women barely missed out on adding to their scoring total, finishing in 10th place in three events, including Love, McCall in the discus and freshman DeAnna Price in the hammer throw. Points are awarded to the top eight finishers in each event.
Nonetheless, the 14th-place finish is the second best finish in program history behind the team's ninth-place finish in 2010.
Wichita State's Aliphine Tuliamuk finished fifth in the women's 5,000 meters during the final day of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday at Drake Stadium.
Tuliamuk, from Kapenguria, Kenya, ran as part of the lead pack for much of the race, and moved into the top two runners with one mile remaining.
Tuliamuk went on to finish fifth overall in 16:18.61. Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino won the women's 5,000-meter title in 16:11.34.
With Saturday's finish, Tuliamuk secured her fourth USTFCCCA First Team All-American honor of the season and became the first Wichita State track & field student-athlete to garner four all-America titles in a season (indoor and outdoor combined).
She also is the lone female athlete in NCAA Division I this season to finish in the top eight of the indoor 3,000 meters, indoor 5,000 meters, outdoor 10,000 meters and outdoor 5,000 meters.
Tuliamuk improved upon her eighth-place finish in the 5,000 meters at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
She secured 12 points for the Shocker women throughout the week, giving Wichita State a 28th-place finish out of 68 teams at the NCAA Championships.
Tuliamuk finished second in the women's 10,000 meters Thursday at Drake Stadium. She clocked a time of 32:45.43 - less than four seconds behind winner Natosha Rogers from Texas A&M.