RCW: Faces in the Crowd 3.36

Each week in Rock Chalk Weekly, the top Kansas Jayhawk performances are recognized as Faces in the Crowd. Get to know last week’s stars, including information on their latest accomplishments and a link to their full bio.

Women’s Track & Field | Senior | Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Senior Sydney Conley only needed two jumps to book her ticket to her fourth-straight NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Fayetteville, Arkansas native topped the competition at the NCAA West Regional with a jump of 6.81 meters (22-4½). Conley enters the NCAA Championships as the top-seeded long jumper in the DI collegiate ranks. The national long jump final will take place on June 8 at 8 p.m. (CT).


Women’s Track & Field | Junior | Eldoret, Kenya
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Sharon Lokedi made it look easy as the junior earned a bid to the NCAA 10,000-meter final by way of her runner-up finish in the semifinal at the NCAA West Regional in Austin, Texas. Lokedi clocked in at 34:08.02, a time that ranks as the fourth-fastest 10K in program history. She will race again at the NCAA Championships on June 8 at 9:08 p.m. (CT).

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Men’s Track & Field | Junior | Camenca, Moldova
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Junior Nicolai Ceban entered the NCAA West Regional as the 33rd-ranked shot putter, but left Austin, Texas, as the No. 2 seed for the NCAA Championships. On his third and final throw of the competition, Ceban launched the 16-pound ball to a distance of 20.24 meters (66-5), the best throw of his career and the No. 4 mark on the program’s shot put chart. Ceban will also compete at the NCAA Championships in the discus after earning his third-straight bid. The Moldova native unleashed a toss of 55.70 meters (182-9) on his second trip into the ring to claim an automatic bid in the national meet. 

Men’s Track & Field | Freshman | Vitebsk, Belarus
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The nation’s top hammer thrower at the NCAA Championships is Kansas’ freshman Gleb Dudarev, who claimed the top qualifying spot out of the NCAA West Regional. Dudarev unwound for a throw of 72.66 meters (238-5), a mark that topped the rest of the West Prelim field by more than 12 feet. The Belarus native posted the best throw in the DI ranks, both during the regular season and during regional qualifying. He will attempt to become the first Jayhawk to win an NCAA title in the hammer throw when he hits the throws cage in Eugene on June 7 at 4 p.m. (CT).