RCW: Faces in the Crowd 4.22
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.
Junior | Eldoret, Kenya
Sharon Lokedi‘s second school record of the season came in the 3,000-meter run, where she clocked in with a time of 8:59.69, also setting the meet record at the Iowa State Classic. Lokedi’s first school record this season came in the 5,000-meter run at the Boston University Season Opener on December 2, where she broke her own record with a time of 15:39.05. Lokedi now ranks No. 4 in the nation in both the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs and tops the Big 12 performance lists in both events.
Senior | Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Senior third baseman Jessie Roane accounted for nearly a third of Kansas’ 18 runs batted in during the Jayhawks’ opening weekend. In the five games that resulted in a 4-1 record, Roane belted home five RBIs, while batting .333 (4-for-12) at the plate. She also added a home run, a pair of walks, two sacrifice flies and was hit by a pitch. She finished the weekend with a .583 slugging percentage and a .412 on-base percentage.
HUSSAIN AL HIZAM
Junior | Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Junior Hussain Al Hizam became just the sixth Kansas athlete to clear 18 feet in the indoor pole vault at the Tyson Invitational on Friday. Al Hizam finished third in the invitational section of the event with a clearance of 5.53 meters (18-1.75 ft.), which moved him into sole possession of sixth place on the Kansas men’s indoor all-time performers list. Friday’s clearance also made Al Hizam the No. 6 performer in the NCAA and tops on the Big 12 charts this season.
Sophomore | Midland, Texas
Midland, Texas native Bryce Hoppel took the 800-meter title at the Iowa State Classic by clocking the second-fastest performance in school history and the No. 2 time in NCAA Division I this season. Hoppel turned in a time of 1:47.09, which sits behind only Jeremy Mims’ time of 1:47.04, set in 2005, in the Kansas record books. The victory for the sophomore marked the sixth-straight outing in an individual event that Hoppel took first, making him perfect on the season.