Former Shocker Head Coach Herm Wilson passed away Wednesday.  He was the leader of the WSU Track & Field and Cross Country program from 1967-83, mentoring numerous All-Americans and conference championships throughout his tenure.  He coached the men’s cross country team to the highest national level success in school history as well as bringing upper level track and field and cross country competitions to the city of Wichita.  In recent years, Coach Wilson would often be found at WSU meets supporting the athletes and coaches as well as sponsoring events financially.  He will be dearly missed by our entire program.  Paul Suellentrop from the Roundhouse wrote a great article after Coach Wilson’s passing summarizing his career and getting quotes from many of his former athletes, please take a few minutes to read it here …

Here are the arrangements for Coach Herm Wilson:

– Visitation from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 13.
– Memorial Service at 10 a.m. on Nov. 14.
– Both events will be at Lakeview Funeral Home (12100 E 13th St. N, Wichita, KS, 67206)



Our men’s and women’s cross country programs will now turn their attention to Friday’s NCAA Midwest Regional Championships on the campus of Oklahoma State University. The women will run the 6k race at 10:30am while the men will step up to the 10k distance for the first time this year at 11:30am. The top-2 teams as well as the top-4 individuals (not on a qualifying team) will advance to the following week’s NCAA Championships.  There are 9 regionals across the country so 18 teams will automatically qualify and then 13 teams will be picked through an at-large process to make up the final field of 31 teams.  Often, the NCAA Midwest region is one of the strongest in the country so it is expected that more than 2 will make it out of Stillwater.  Coming into this week the Shocker women are ranked #7 in the region while the men are #12.  Make sure to follow along on our various social media platforms to keep up on all the action!  Stillwater Regional info …



Congrats to former Shocker (and current assistant) Tonya Nero for being named to the 2020 Shocker Sports Hall of Fame class!  Nero was a 3-time All-American and 7-time conference champion in the distance races while at WSU.  She is currently training in hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympic Marathon for her home country of Trinidad and Tobaggo.  A luncheon is set for January 25th at 11am at the Marcus Welcome Center while the induction ceremony will be at halftime of the January 25 men’s basketball game against UCF.  If you would like to purchase tickets to the luncheon or game contact the WSU ticket office at 316-978-FANS.  Way to go Tonya!!!  GoShockers press release …



Former Shocker Deja Young will be competing in this week’s World Para Championships in Doha, Qatar.  She’ll start off the meet with the 100m dash on Monday and then compete in the 200m and mixed relay later in the week.  All live streams can be watched on the Paralympics YouTube channel or on the Olympic Channel.  Deja also frequently posts on Instagram so follow her at _dejyou to support.  Good luck Deja!!!



WSU Track & Field will be selling Shocker themed holiday sweatshirts with the proceeds going directly to the track and field program.  This is our 2nd effort selling sweatshirts (new designs this year) and last year’s options were hugely popular. To see the options and make a purchase go here …



Mark your calendars for December 6 for multiple reasons!  We’ll be hosting our annual Intrasquad Meet early in the day and then our banquet/silent auction will be at 6pm that evening.  This year we’ll also be honoring 50 years of women in college athletics throughout the day.  If you are a former women’s track and field/cross country athlete, we are extending an invitation to you for all of our events including a post-banquet social in the Champion’s Club.  Also, if you have anything you’d like to donate to our silent auction please let us know!



Here is a preview of the cross country meets the Shockers have remaining this year …

—Nov 15 … Midwest Regional Championships @Stillwater, OK … The path to the NCAA Championships begin here as the top-2 teams and the top-4 individuals (not on a qualifying team) will advance to the NCAA Championship Finals.

—-Nov 23 … NCAA Championships @Terre Haute, IN … Last year Winny Koskei earned her first All-American honor at this meet and hopefully she will be joined by multiple Shockers at the highest level of NCAA cross country.






–AAC Championships results (TFRRS) –

–AAC Championships video replay (AAC) –

–NCAA Regional info –

–WSU XC schedule –

–WSU T&F schedule –

–Live construction of the new track and field building –

–GoShockers photo galleries –

–Shocker Track Backers photo galleries –

–Shocker Track Club –

–NCAA and American Conference performance list (TFRRS) –



–(Nov 7) Wilson coached dominant run of cross country teams (Roundhouse) –

–(Nov 1) AAC recap (GoShockers) –

–(Oct 31) Shockers head to Memphis for AAC Meet (Roundhouse) –

–(Oct 19) Pre-Nationals recap (GoShockers) –

–(Oct 18) Cross Country Starts Stretch Run (Roundhouse) –


Go Shocks!

John Wise, Wichita State T&F



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