Pre-National Invitational Recap


The NCAA Pre-National Invitational hosted by the University of Louisville ended with some strong performances as many teams used the meet as a pre-tune up to their conference meets.

Wichita State's Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton (photo) took home first place on Saturday, winning the women's race with a time of 19 minutes, 43.89 seconds. She finished three seconds ahead of UTEP's Risper Kimaiyo (19:46) who placed second.

In third place was Alexi Pappas of Oregon at 19:56.89. Pappas' fellow teammate Jordan Hasay came in at 5th (20:03.36) behind  Florida State's Violah Lagat (20:00.07).

No.1 Florida State eased passed No. 4 Oregon in the final team standings, 87-72.

UTEP freshman Anthony Rotich (photo) was the surprise winner of the men's race as he defeated UNC Greensboro's All-American in Paul Chelimo by a 13-second margin, 23:01 to 23:14. Eastern Michigan's Terefe Ejigu was third at 23:15.65.

Photos by John Mizereck
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