2020 AAC Indoor Championships

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Wichita State men’s and women’s track and field teams earned five all-conference honors on the final day of competition in the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships inside the Birmingham Crossplex.

The Wichita State men’s team finished fifth overall with 59 points. The Shockers’ women’s squad equaled their male counterparts with 59 points and a fifth-place finish as a team.

Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Steve Rainbolt said he liked how his athletes competed on the second day of competition, but his team was in a hole after the first day of the meet.

“This meet was a rough meet for us,” Rainbolt said. “We consistently battle for very high finishes at team conference championships, and today we were fifth on both sides. We weren’t in a position to battle for a high finish. This is an extremely tough conference, but we had a lot of good things happen.

“There were certainly several performances from our athletes that I was proud of.”

Rebekah Topham earned the conference’s Most Valuable Performer award for the second consecutive year. She combined for two individual titles and

Shockers Cap Off AAC Indoor Championships in Birmingham – Wichita State Athletics 21 team points.

Topham defended her Mile title, winning the race in 4:51.24. Topham ran a controlled race throughout and made her move to the front with about 800 meters to go. She led from that point on, but not without a late surge from a trio of athletes.

Topham closed out her day with a victory in the 3,000 meters. Topham kicked past SMU’s Hannah Miller in the race’s final 400 meters. She crossed the line with a time of 9:30.46 to capture her second title of the day.

Rebekah Topham is just a remarkable athlete,” Rainbolt said. “I am just overwhelmed by her consistency and her toughness, especially in conference championship competitions. She’s just remarkable.”

Adam Gauzy set the school record with his performance in the men’s 400 meters. His time of 47.52 takes over for the new indoor men’s 400 record, beating the previous record (Dylan Hartnett, 47.91) by .39 seconds. Gauzy’s time put him in fourth place overall.

Joseph Holthusen and Antonio Norman capped off a tremendous indoor season with top-four finishes in the 60-meter hurdles. Holthusen was the conference runner-up, running the race in 7.84 seconds. Norman finished in fourth with a time of 7.92. Both Holthusen and Norman threw down personal-best times. Holthusen’s new lifetime-best moves him to No. 2 all-time in the men’s 60-meter hurdles and Norman’s time improves his already-No. 5 time in school history.

Weston Lewis finished third overall in the high jump. He cleared 2.12m/6-11.50 to get on the podium and earn all-conference honors. Lewis’ jump was a personal best. He takes over No. 6 on the all-time men’s indoor performance list.

Sidney Sapp was the conference runner-up in the women’s high jump. She cleared 1.76m/5-9.25 to come in second place and earn all-conference honors. Sapp earned all-conference honors in the high jump for her third consecutive season (2019 indoor, 2019 outdoor, 2020 indoor).

The Shockers do not currently have anyone in qualifying position for the NCAA Indoor Championships, so their attention turns to the outdoor season. Wichita State opens up the outdoor year with the Emporia Twilight on March 19-21 in Emporia, Kansas.

“We are excited about the outdoor season,” Rainbolt said. “We (have) to put this one behind us and on we go. We’re going to reevaluate, refocus and get ready for a big outdoor season.”

RESULTS

Men’s Team Standings
1. Houston – 179 points (meet record)
2. Connecticut – 59 points
3. Cincinnati – 101 points

5. Wichita State – 59 points

Men’s Individual Results

400 Meters
4. Adam Gauzy – 47.52^
8. Austin Corley – 49.45

800 Meters
6. Mel Obadiah – 1:55.60

Mile
7. Jed Helker – 4:13.44
10. Cory Landon – 4:17.90

3,000 Meters
9. Clayton Duchatschek – 8:26.49
12. Adam Moore – 8:30.62
18. Britte Magnuson – 8:38.95
20. Ethan Kossover – 8:40.77
28. Josh Cable – 9:01.82
–. Cory Landon – DNF 

60-Meter Hurdles
2. Joseph Holthusen – 7.84*
4. Antonio Norman – 7.92

4X400-Meter Relay
4. Gauzy, Coppoc, Corley, Norman – 3:15.15

High Jump
3. Weston Lewis – 2.12m/6-11.50*
6. Mason Buckmaster – 2.08m/6-9.75
13. Kole Konrade – 1.93m/6-4

Triple Jump
12. Ethan Toy – 13.30m/43-7.75

Shot Put
12. Michael Bryan – 14.04m/46-0.75
–. Jeff Ast – NM

Heptathlon (Day 2 of 2)
5. Chonnor Ludolph – 4,998 points
            3. 60-Meter Hurdles – 8.38
            5. Pole Vault – 4.10m/13-5.25
            7. 1,000 Meters – 2:57.25
7. Grant Downes – 4,718 points
            5. 60-Meter Hurdles – 8.69
            6. Pole Vault – 4.00m/13-1.50
            9. 1,000 Meters – 3:03.11
8. Colin Reichenberger – 4,696 points
            6. 60-Meter Hurdles – 8.70
            T2. Pole Vault – 4.40m/14-5.25
            10. 1,000 Meters – 3:05.29
9. Lucas Shaffer – 4,185 points
            9. 60-Meter Hurdles – 9.48
            T9. Pole Vault – 3.60m/11-9.75
            6. 1,000 Meters – 2:57.17
11. Clay Eckert – 3,122 points
            –. 60-Meter Hurdles – DQ
            –. Pole Vault – NH
            2. 1,000 Meters – 2:45.32
–. Davis Dubbert – DNF
            10. 60-Meter Hurdles – 9.63
            T9. Pole Vault – 3.60m/11-9.75
            –. 1,000 Meters – DNS

Women’s Team Standings
1. Houston – 84 points
2. Cincinnati – 83.5 points
3. Temple – 71 points

5. Wichita State – 59 points

Women’s Individual Results

Mile
1. Rebekah Topham – 4:51.24*

3,000 Meters
1. Rebekah Topham – 9:30.46*
4. Winny Koskei – 9:35.22
23. Yazmine Wright – 10:06.60
24. McKenna Paintin – 10:07.70
30. Sharon Kiprop – 10:18.46
33. Hope Saunders – 10:25.52
37. Abeba Sullivan – 10:31.84
50. Erin Topham – 10:50.85

4X400-Meters
8. McMillian, A. Cole, Bullocks, Holmes – 3:45.62

High Jump
2. Sidney Sapp – 1.76m/5-9.25*
T9. Sydney Wilson – 1.62m/5-3.75
14. Kendra Henry – 1.62m/5-3.75
T15. Shania VanNoster – 1.57m/5-1.75

Triple Jump
11. Skaila White – 11.68m/38-4
13. Ezinne Okoro – 11.47m/37-7.75

Shot Put
6. Amanda Kakoulias – 14.75m/48-4.75
9. Anna Zimmer – 13.87m/45-6.25
13. Alex Adams – 13.20m/43-3.75

*Denotes All-Conference Honoree
^Denotes School-Record Performance

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