Lokedi named Big 12 Women’s Runner of the Year
IRVING, Texas – Kansas junior Sharon Lokedi was named the Big 12 Women’s Runner of the Year, announced by the conference when revealing its postseason cross country awards Tuesday. This marks the second-straight year Lokedi earned the award.
Lokedi won the Big 12 Championship on October 28 in Round Rock, Texas with a season-best time of 20:00.5 in the 6K, to repeat as individual champion and became just the fourth female in conference history to win multiple crowns. Prior to her Big 12 title run, Lokedi opened her season at the Pre-National Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky, where she ran to an eighth-place finish.
Following the Big 12 Championships, the Eldoret, Kenya native earned All-Region honors by notching a runner-up finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships, finishing the 6K loop with a time of 20:12. The second-place finish gave Lokedi and automatic qualification to the 2017 NCAA Championships in Louisville, where she went on to post a 44th-place finish.
Lokedi and the Jayhawks will now prepare for the indoor track & field season, which is set to begin on December 2. Kansas will host the season-opening Bob Timmons Challenge at Anschutz Sports Pavilion, with field events set to start at 1 p.m. CST and track events slated to kick off at 3 p.m.