ATB with her winning medal at Carlsbad!

It was a great weekend for the STC Elite squad, led by a fantastic performance from Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton (ATB) who won the Carlsbad Half Marathon with a time of 1:11:48.

Said ATB about the race, “I thought it went well, not a fast time but good enough for a season opener.  I battled with the second place girl through 10 miles then gradually increased the pace and dropped her.  I went out conservatively because I don’t have turnover yet and didn’t want to struggle at the end.  It worked well!”

Three other STC Elites competed Friday in the Shocker Prelude on the campus of Wichita State University.

Austin Bahner had a nice meet in preparation for his season opening Heptathlon in two weeks.  Bahner began his day with a time of 8.65 in the 60m hurdle prelims and advanced to the finals.  He didn’t run the finals because he was in the middle of the Pole Vault competition  where he set a new personal best of 4.76m (15-7.25) where he finished 2nd (lost in a jumpoff).

Said Bahner, “I was extremely happy with the results of my first hurdle race of the season and a new PR in the Pole Vault, especially being this early.”

Tobias Boese matched his training partner’s hurdle time in the prelims of 8.65 and then ran 8.68 in the finals to place 3rd.  He also vaulted 4.11m (13-5.75).

From Boese, “It felt great to get competitive.  I’m still working out some kinks in the vault but showed some good signs.  I was pleased to run a couple hurdle races with consistency, this is the fastest I’ve ever run this early in the season.  I can’t wait for the UNI multi in two weeks!”

Oliver Bradwell opened up his season in the 60m where he ran 7.00 in the prelims and 6.94 in the finals to place 4th.