Valley Announces Track and Field Athletes of the Week (Apr. 2)
Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Track Athlete of the Week

Jonathon Jackson, So., Indiana State, Chicago, Ill.

Sophomore Jonathan Jackson ran a career best 52.65 to win the 400 meter hurdles at the SIU Bill Cornell Spring Classic Saturday at Southern Illinois which is the eighth fastest in Indiana State history. The top three finishers all came from the fourth heat with Jackson defeated Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Dexter Schleis (52.88) and Southern Illinois’ Brett Kohler (53.17) to bring home the win. The sophomore leads the Valley in the event while ranking 36th nationally and 13th in the East. Jackson also ran the third leg of the 4x400 meter relay team that finished second (3:19.73) behind the University of Illinois (3:16.78) and in front of SIU Edwardsville (3:22.02).

Other Notable Performances: Chase Coffey, Bradley; Tyler Rippel, Illinois State; Matthew Benes, Southern Illinois; Ryan Hocker, Tomas Cotter, Wichita State

Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Track Athlete of the Week

Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton, Sr., Wichita State, Kapenguria, Kenya

At the Stanford Invitational, Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton continued to add to her list of accolades, shattering her own Missouri Valley Conference and Wichita State record in the outdoor 5,000m run with a time of 15:18.86. Tuliamuk-Bolton’s record setting time fell .86 seconds shy of the World A Standard, meaning that the senior missed qualifying for the World Championships by less than a second. In a field that included professional runners and the defending national champion in the 5,000m run, Tuliamuk-Bolton finished fourth and placed second amongst collegians.This performance currently ranks 4th in the world in 2013. Tuliamuk-Bolton's time is the 7th fastest 5,000m ran in NCAA history. 

Other Notable Performances: Sarah McMahon, Bradley; Kristen Zillmer, Illinois State; Stacia Weatherford, Indiana State; Emily Beaver, Missouri State; Amiris Warren, Southern Illinois

Missouri Valley Conference Men’s Field Athletes of the Week

J.C. Lambert, Sr., Southern Illinois, Harrisburg, Ill. 

Senior J.C. Lambert claimed two more event titles for his final Saluki campaign this past weekend at the inaugural Bill Cornell Spring Classic to christen the brand new Lew Hartzog Track and Field Complex. At Day One, Lambert won the discus with a personal best throw of 50.86m (166-10), which currently registers as the ninth best men's throw in SIU history. At Day Two, Lambert once again ran away with the men's hammer throw, winning with a best heave of 65.91m (216-03) -- 12 feet better than second place. If it weren't for his MVC and SIU record-shattering throw last week at Vanderbilt, Lambert's most recent throw would have been one inch shy of SIUs all-time mark. After the weekend of competition around the country, Lambert only fell one spot to third nationally in the hammer throw.

Other Notable Performances: Akil Mills, Illinois State; Jamal Hampton, Indiana State; Tyson Holmes, Wichita State

Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Field Athlete of the Week

Felisha Johnson, Sr., Indiana State, Indianapolis, Ind.

Senior Felisha Johnson began her final outdoor season for Indiana State with a pair of victories at the SIU Bill Cornell Spring Classic at Southern Illinois this weekend, winning the discus throw on Friday and the shot put on Saturday. She also finished third in the hammer throw. Johnson won the discus on Friday with a throw of 168’-9” (51.45m) with teammate Mary Theisen second (163’-5”/49.82m) and Southern Illinois’ Ashley Gaston third (159’-6”/4.63m). The Sycamore out threw all-competitors in the shot put with a winning heave of 56’-10” (17.32m). Southern Illinois’ Kim Fortney was second (51’-10”/15.80m) with Indiana State’s Mary Theisen third (50’-2”/15.29m). Johnson was third in the hammer throw with a distance of 187’-9” (57.24m) as she finished behind SIU’s DeAnna Price (204’-5”/62.31m) and Fortney (190’-0”/57.91m). Johnson leads the Valley in the shot put (first in the East and second nationally), ranks third in the Valley for the discus (sixth in the East and 26 nationally), and fourth for the MVC in the hammer throw (15th in the East and 37th nationally).

Other Notable Performances: Kenya Culmer, Southern Illinois; Mariah Garcia, Wichita State