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Lona Latema - Cross Country - Kansas Jayhawks

Lona Latema

Position Distance
Height 5'6"
Class Sophomore
Hometown Eldoret, Kenya
High School Eldoret



Got fourth place in the Bob Timmons Classic in Lawrence, Kansas…Took home 5th place at the Gans Creek Classic with a time of 21:17.30…Finished 80th at the FSU Invite/Pre-Nationals in Tallahassee, Florida.

Crossed the finish line at Rim Rock Farm as the second Jayhawk, and in 12th place overall, with her 5K time of 18:59.0 in the season-opening Bob Timmons Classic (9/19) … For the second-straight meet, was the second Kansas runner to finish the 6K at the OSU Cross Country Course … Placed 18th overall individually at the Cowboy Jamboree (10/3) in 22:19.9.

2020 INDOOR (Fr.)
Did not compete.

Opened the season with a 13th-place finish at the Rim Rock Collegiate Classic with a time of 24:14.2 for her 6K … At the Pre-National Invitational (10/19), crossed the finish line in 22:38.6 to place 219th among a field of 252 of some of the best runners in the nation in the Women’s 6K Blue Race … The Jayhawks’ second runner to cross the finish line at the Big 12 Championship (11/2) … Her 6K time of 21:54.7 placed her 35th individually, while the women’s team ran to a sixth-place finish … Crossed the finish line first for the Kansas women at the NCAA Division I Midwest Region Cross Country Championships (11/15), running the 6K course in 22:00.5 … Her time placed her just outside of the top-50 runners, coming in 54th overall … The women’s team finished in 17th place in a field of 33 teams.

Daughter of Joseph Latema and Alice Chepkoech … Has six siblings, three brothers and three sisters … Plans to major in accounting.

Track & Field 👟 Lona Latema Wins 3,000-Meter Steeplechase at the 112th Drake Relays

University of Kansas sophomore Lona Latema won the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 112th Drake Relays on Thursday, running a personal best time of 10:14.78.

Cross Country Lona Latema: Ready for Nationals

My mother once told me, "You can't succeed when you can't even trust yourself." I can't think of any truer words with the NCAA Championships just a few hours away.