Lokedi shatters 5,000-meter school record, posts No. 6 performance in NCAA history
BOSTON – Kansas senior distance runner Sharon Lokedi broke her own school record in the 5,000-meter run at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener, hosted by Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday. Lokedi was the third finisher in a highly-contested heat which saw four of the top-seven times in NCAA history recorded.
Lokedi clocked in with a time of 15:15.47 for the No. 6 all-time mark in NCAA history, behind New Mexico duo Ednah Kurgat and Weini Kelati. Her time proved to be nearly 25 seconds faster than her previous school record of 15:39.05, set last year at the same meet in Boston. Kurgat’s time of 15:14.78 marked the No. 3 time in NCAA history and Kelati’s 15:15.24 clocking was No. 5 on the all-time list. Boise State’s Allie Ostrander finished right behind Lokedi with the No. 7 time in NCAA history of 15:16.38.
The entire Jayhawk team will next be in action on Jan. 18 with the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular at Anschutz Sports Pavilion. Associate head coach Tom Hays’ pole vault squad will travel to Reno, Nevada that same weekend for the National Pole Vault Summit, Jan. 18-19.
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