RCW: Faces in the Crowd 4.34
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.
Redshirt Senior | Leawood, Kansas
Redshirt senior Courtney Coppinger broke the Kansas school record and punched her ticket to Eugene, Oregon for the NCAA Outdoor Championships thanks to a late burst of speed over the final 100 meters of the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Friday night. Coppinger started her final lap in fourth place, four seconds behind the runner ahead of her, but made up ground throughout the final 400 meters before moving into third place to earn an auto-qualifying spot in Eugene, clocking in at 9:51.28, topping her personal-best time by 16 seconds.
Senior | Eldoret, Kenya
Senior Sharon Lokedi punched a pair of tickets to the NCAA Outdoor Championships at the regional meet over the weekend. Lokedi broke her own school record in the 5,000-meter run Saturday, qualifying for the national championships in a second event, after also earning her way to Eugene in the 10,000 meters Thursday with a fourth-place finish in the event. Lokedi’s 5,000-meter time of 15:27.09 broke the school record she set at the Kansas Relays last month, shaving 15 seconds off the top mark.
Sophomore | Vitebsk, Belarus
Sophomore Gleb Dudarev won the men’s hammer throw at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Thursday. Dudarev finished the day with a best mark of 73.09 meters (239-9 ft.), but even his first mark of 70.77 meters (232-2 ft.), which was the worst of his three attempts on the day, would have put him as the top finisher in the event. After his qualifying finish, Dudarev will compete next at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Junior | Tulsa, Oklahoma
For the second-straight season, the Kansas baseball team upset its first opponent in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship, this time, defeating regular-season champion Texas, 3-2, Wednesday afternoon behind the arm of junior Jackson Goddard. The right-hander improved to 5-1 on the season after keeping the Longhorn bats at bay, that included striking out Big 12 Player of the Year Kody Clemens two times, and holding him hitless. Goddard’s day ended after six and 2/3 innings of one-run ball where he allowed just two hits while striking out seven batters.