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Number BY THE NUMBERS
The Jayhawk men’s team wrapped up an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, marking its best finish at the meet since 2010. That, paired with the women’s team’s 18th-place finish, made Kansas one of only seven schools in NCAA DI to feature both men’s and women’s programs
inside the top-20.
Notes QUICK HITS
- The Kansas men reached as high as No. 6 in both the indoor and outdoor USTFCCCA weekly rankings this season, the highest the program has been ranked since the current system began in 2008.
- The Jayhawk men tallied a runner-up finish at the Big 12 Outdoor Championship for a second-consecutive season, scoring a program record 143 points.
- Head coach Stanley Redwine was named the Midwest Region’s Men’s Head Coach of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor seasons, while assistants Tom Hays and Andy Kokhanovsky garnered men’s assistant coach of the year awards for the indoor and outdoor seasons, respectively.
- Junior Sharon Lokedi was named the Big 12 Outstanding Female Performer of the Year after becoming just the seventh woman in league history to win both the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters at the conference meet.
- Lokedi claimed First Team All-America status in the 10,000 meters for the second-straight season, finishing third in the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a school-record run of 32:46.10.
- Senior Sydney Conley became the fifth Kansas female to be a three-time First Team All-American in a single event when she leaped to a third-place finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Conley also notched her second league title in the event at the Big 12 Championship.
- Freshman Gleb Dudarev had a stellar debut season in the Crimson and Blue, claiming Big 12 titles as well as First Team All-America honors in both the weight and hammer throws. He concluded his freshman season as the owner of the top-10 hammer throw marks in Kansas history.
- Senior Mitch Cooper concluded his KU career in fine style, smashing his own school record in the discus at the Kansas Relays and earning First Team All-America status in the event for the first time by way of his sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
- The Jayhawks saw a pair of sophomore pole vaulters bring home Big 12 titles in 2017, with Paulo Benavides winning the indoor title and Hussain Al Hizam snaring the win outdoors. The KU men have now seen a pole vaulter win 11 indoor and outdoor conference titles over the last 10 years.
- Barden Adams turned in a historic season in the triple jump pits, becoming the first Jayhawk male to earn First Team All-America honors both indoors and outdoors since 1980. The junior finished fifth in the event at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets.
- Senior Strymar Livingston became the first Jayhawk to win 800-meter conference titles in both the indoor and outdoor seasons since Jim Ryun did so in 1967. Livingston also ran to Second Team All-America honors in the event after finishing 16th at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.