Hello Shocker Track Backers!


The Shockers faced some of the nation’s best on Saturday in the Bill Dellinger Invitational at the University of Oregon and came away with a bunch of fast times and great experience.  As a team, WSU finished 10th in the women’s race and 11th in the men’s (of 14).  Junior Winny Koskei led the way in 13th place and new 6k PR of 20:13 while classmate Ben Flowers led the men in 37th and new (huge) 8k PR of 24:19 (previous PR 25:31).  In all, 4 of 7 men and 5 of 6 women bested their previous PR’s at their respective distances while 5 recorded their first times in the 6k or 8k.  Check out the attached meet recap for all the stats.  Coach Hunter was pleased with the effort and you can read the race recap and his quotes on here …


While the above distance runners had great conditions in Oregon, the rest of the squad faced scorching temperatures and high winds at the ESU Invitational.  Through the wind and heat several Shockers still had solid performances, most notably Junior Hope Saunders, who ran away with the individual title in 19:45 on the 5k course.  You can see the stats on the attached meet recap and read the race recap on here …

You can see over 300 pictures of the event courtesy of Shocker Track Backers here …


The next major competition for the cross country team will be in 3 weeks at the Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, IN.  Several Shockers will also race at the FHSU Invitational in 2 weeks.  We won’t have a newsletter next week but we’ll get you all caught up in a couple weeks as WSU heads towards the championship portion of the schedule.


While the cross country team is about halfway through their competitive schedule, the rest of the track and field team is finishing up their first month of practice.  This time of the year is considered “pre-season conditioning” and the NCAA limits us to 8 hours per week of practice. Once Fall Break rolls around in a couple weeks, we will then shift to our “20 hour weeks” for the rest of the year.  This means we can practice up to 20 hours and 6 days per week (we rarely hit those marks).  The team has been working very hard and it’s apparent we have a lot of talent around the entire team.  This is a tough time of the year because we’re building our foundation of fitness and strength without a competition for a long time.  It can be boring but everyone is doing a great job so far.  Less than 10 weeks until our first meet of the year on Dec 4-5-6!


Sign up your team now for this year’s WSU T&F Golf Scramble Fundraiser!  This is a fun event that coincides with Coach Rainbolt’s 62-hole golf marathon.  If you can’t make the tournament please consider making a donation or sponsoring a hole for the tournament.  Full information is available here …


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

–Oct 12 … Fort Hays St Invitational @Hays, KS … This meet will be for many of the athletes not going to Pre-Nationals.

—Oct 19 … Pre-Nationals @Terre Haute, IN … This annual meet goes a long way in determining the national rankings as we head towards the championship season.  It’s also a chance to run on the course that will be hosting the NCAA meet a few weeks later.

—-Nov 1 … American Conference Championships @Memphis, TN … Last year the WSU women surprised the field by winning the first AAC championship in program history.  This year they will be one of the favorites, as well as our men’s team who should be battling at the top too.  Always one of the most exciting meets of the 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.


–Oregon results (TFRRS) –

–Emporia St results (TFRRS) –

–Oct 12 FHSU info –

–Oct 19 Pre-Nationals 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) –


–(Sept 28) Oregon recap (GoShockers) –

–(Sept 27) Emporia St recap (GoShockers) –

–(Sept 7) JK Gold Classic recap (GoShockers) –

–(Sept 7) Flowers Wants to Share His Story (Roundhouse) –

–(Sept 6) WSU Cross Country begins AAC title defense (Wichita Eagle) –

Go Shocks!

John Wise, Wichita State T&F


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