Hello Shocker Track Backers!
Hello Shocker T&F/XC supporters!
*SHOCKERS COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL NCAA OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIP*
It was a historic weekend of track and field in Austin, Texas, as collegiate records were broken at a frantic pace in one of the best NCAA Championships ever. The three Shockers who competed also put together some terrific efforts and are coming home with hardware of their own. Senior Aaron True got the meet started off with a 5th place finish in the Javelin (73.11m/239-10). True opened up with a very solid 73.08m/239-9 in the first round and then put out his best mark in the final round to solidify the second First-Team All-American honor of his career (last year he placed 8th). Classmate Ben Johnson had to deal with two long days of weather delays but was able to finish strong and claim 14th place in the Decathlon with a score of 7329. Johnson picked up PR’s in each of the day’s final events (400m 50.48, 1500m 4:39.76) to gain his the second All-American honor of his career. Sophomore Rebekah Topham made the most of her first NCAA appearance, advancing through the 3000m steeplechase prelims in 11th place (9:57.06) and then patiently moved up in the finals in near 100 degree heat to claim 8th place (9:57.80) and earn First-Team All-American honors. All three of these athletes did a wonderful job representing WSU on the national stage. You can rewatch any of these events on the WatchESPN website or app. Also, make sure to check out the Roundhouse articles on Ben and Rebekah in the links section below – great profiles on how they got to this level! Great job Shocks!
**UP NEXT – USA U20 CHAMPIONSHIPS**
The Shockers will send freshman Amiya Anoma to the USA U20 Championships in Miramar, Florida, to compete Saturday, June 22. Amiya had a terrific freshman year and is one of the top-10 ranked juniors (under 20 years old) in the nation in the triple jump. There were other WSU athletes who met the qualifying standards but because of the length of the season sometimes we decide not to compete athletes this late into the summer. We’ll keep you up to date on how Amiya performs in a couple weeks!
***SUMMER COMPETITION FOR SHOCKERS AND ALUMNI***
While most of our team is now done competing, there are still lots of former Shockers just getting things going. Next week I will try to give a more comprehensive list of what everyone is up to. Also Aaron True plans to compete in a couple more meets this summer including the USA Championships while sophomore Paul Garcia has been named to the European Championships roster for Spain! More info next week!
****WSU TRACK AND FIELD CAMPS AND SUMMER SERIES****
Cessna Stadium will continue to be busy this summer and if you know of any young track and field athletes looking to continue their development, please check out what we have available. Every Thursday night we host the Shocker Summer Series, which is a series of low-key and fun meets where athletes can do as many events as they want for $5. We also have 3 different camps this summer including: 1) Hurdle, Jumps and Speed Development Camp, 2) Shot Put, Discus and Javelin Camp, and 3) Pole Vault Camp.
Summer Series info: https://goshockers.com/documents/2019/5/17/Shocker_Summer_Track_Flyer_2019.pdf
****2019 SCHEDULE — OVERVIEW OF REMAINING COMPETITIONS****
– June 21-23 … USATF U20 Championships … Miramar, FL … This is the national meet for the top “under 20 year olds” in the country. Last year WSU had two athletes earn trips to the World U20 Championships through this competition.
— July 25-28 … USATF Championships … Des Moines, IA … This is the qualifying meet for the 2019 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. There are usually several current and former Shockers competing at this event.
–NCAA Championships results (TFRRS) – https://www.tfrrs.org/results/62668/NCAA_2019_DI_Outdoor_Championships/
–NCAA Saturday recap (GoShockers) – https://goshockers.com/news/2019/6/8/track-and-field-topham-finishes-with-first-team-all-american-honors.aspx?path=track
–NCAA Thursday recap (GoShockers) – https://goshockers.com/news/2019/6/7/track-and-field-johnson-claims-all-america-honors-topham-advances.aspx?path=track
–NCAA Wednesday recap (GoShockers) – https://goshockers.com/news/2019/6/5/track-and-field-true-earns-all-america-honors-johnson-completes-day-one.aspx?path=track
–Rebekah Topham profile (Roundhouse) – https://goshockers.com/news/2019/6/6/the-roundhouse-rh-redshirt-season-paid-off-for-junior.aspx?path=roundhouse
–Ben Johnson profile (Roundhouse) – https://goshockers.com/news/2019/6/5/the-roundhouse-rh-ben-johnson-will-ride-off-in-his-chevy.aspx?path=roundhouse
–USA U20 Championships info – http://www.usatf.org/Events—Calendar/2019/USATF-U20-Outdoor-Track—Field-Championships.aspx
–GoShockers photo galleries – https://goshockers.com/galleries/?path=TRACK
–Shocker Track Backers photo galleries – https://shockertrack.smugmug.com/
–Shocker Track Club – http://www.shockertrackclub.com/
–NCAA and American Conference performance list (TFRRS) – https://www.tfrrs.org/outdoor_lists.html
//WSUtv MEET REPLAYS//
–AAC Championships – https://www.facebook.com/AmericanDigitalNetworkPlus/videos/408549153209779/
–Shocker Open – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYZrDIKzZVs&t=
–KT Woodman Friday – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeC49h_jKOM
–KT Woodman Saturday – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_lB_EzTvHg
–Herm Wilson Invitational Friday – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWMHJoK_Emw
–Herm Wilson Invitational Saturday – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lLWKeO79H1I
–Shocker Prelude – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HehMoE8_whE&t=
John Wise, Wichita State T&F
This is one of our weekly emails that we’ll send out each Sunday of the season. It has a ton of information attached that will hopefully enhance your knowledge and excitement for our 2017-18 season! If, at any time, you do not want to receive these emails simply reply to this message and let me know. On the other hand if there are other people you think would want to get this info let us know that too.
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