RCW: Inside Cross Country 3.2

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The Kansas women’s cross country team returns six of the seven runners who competed at last year’s NCAA Championships, including sophomore All-American Sharon Lokedi.
 

UPCOMING HOME MEETS
Bob Timmons Dual Classic (Sept. 3)
Rim Rock Classic (Oct. 1)

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  • This weekend, the Kansas cross country teams will kick off their 2016 campaign at the Bob Timmons Dual Classic. Kansas is opening its season at its home course of Rim Rock Farm for the 13th-straight season.
  • The Kansas women’s team returns return the bulk of the roster that qualified for the NCAA Championships last season, including All-American Sharon Lokedi.
  • Lokedi comes into her second season with the cross country team after finishing 10th at the NCAA Championships in 2015, the highest finish ever by a Jayhawk at the national meet.
  • Lokedi will be joined by a veteran-laden team which will see the return of All-Big 12 and All-Region performer, senior Hannah Richardson, who was sidelined each of the last two seasons due to injury.
  • The Jayhawk men will look to fill the void left by All-Big 12 and All-Region performers in outgoing seniors Evan Landes and Jacob Morgan. Top returners include seniors James Hampton and Daniel Koech, both of whom were regulars inside the Jayhawks’ top-five finishers a year ago.
  • Last year at the Bob Timmons Classic, the KU women swept the dual meet with victories over Kansas State, Missouri State, Oral Roberts and UMKC.
  • Senior Lydia Saggau will be looking to defend her individual title from last year’s Bob Timmons Classic. The West Des Moines, Iowa native won the 5K in a time of 18:04.8.
  • The women’s team has put an individual on the victory stand seven times in the 12-year history of the meet, which includes three Jayhawk winners in the last four years.
  • The Jayhawk men claimed victories over Kansas State, UMKC and Oral Roberts at the 2015 Bob Timmons meet. Prior to the meet format changing in 2015, the KU men had never finished lower than first at their season-opening meet.
  • Kansas was led on the men’s side at the 2015 Bob Timmons by then-freshman Dylan Hodgson. He posted a third-place finish in a 6K clocking of 19:19.5.

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