Sports Briefs – 9/5/2012

Tuliamuk breaks meet record as Shocker men and women win J.K. Gold Classic

Senior cross-country athlete Aliphine Tuliamuk was named the Missouri Valley Conference cross-country athlete of the week on Tuesday. 

Tuliamuk set a meet record at the J.K. Gold Classic on Saturday to open the Shockers’ season. 

Her 4K time of 13:27.75 was more than 14 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher and broke former Shocker Tonya Nero’s meet record by nearly three seconds. 

“I was really impressed with the way that Aliphine ran,” said WSU cross-country coach Kirk Hunter. “To break Tonya’s record in this heat is really something special.”

Both the WSU men and women took home first place in the meet, held at Augusta’s RAFT Golf Course. 

Senior Marcos Bailon led the Shocker men with his second-place finish in the men’s 6K race. 

—  Austin Colbert

Men’s basketball schedule out, VCU and Tennessee among opponents

The Wichita State men’s basketball schedule for the 2012-13 season was released on Tuesday. 

The schedule is headlined by games at VCU and Tennessee, along with a trip to Mexico for the Cancun Challenge. 

“We feel good about the schedule that we have put together,” WSU basketball coach Gregg Marshall said. “We like the blend of home, away and neutral site games versus a wide variety of opponents.”

The Nov. 13 contest at VCU will be the third game between the two teams in three years. VCU first met the Shockers in Wichita two years ago as part of the Bracketbusters Series and then again in the NCAA Tournament last season. 

VCU won both games. 

Notable non-conference home games include rival Tulsa, Charleston Southern and a game against Southern Mississippi at Intrust Bank Arena.

Also, the Bracketbusters Game will return to Wichita this year, in February. The Shockers’ opponent won’t be announced until later in the season. 

Overall, the Shockers will have 18 home games and could play as many as 11 teams that made it to postseason play in 2012. 

The season gets underway on Nov. 5 with an exhibition against Pittsburg State. The first regular-season game will be at home on Nov. 10 against North Carolina-Central. 

For the rest of the schedule go to 

— Austin Colbert