KU’s Lokedi 10th at NCAAs

— Kansas University freshman Sharon Lokedi took 10th place Saturday at the NCAA cross country championships, and the KU women placed 27th in the team standings.

Lokedi’s showing was the best individual finish ever by a KU woman at the NCAA meet. She finished the 6K race in 20:04.9.

KU senior Evan Landes competed as an individual in the men’s 10K race and placed 136th in 31:17.7.

“I felt good from the start of the race,” Lokedi said. “I was excited, and I was so pumped up. Coach told me to try and run with the top 15, and that was my goal. I’m just this new freshman, and to be able to run with these All-American girls is amazing. I’m happy for my coaches and my team. I’m just so excited. I can’t explain it.”

Other KU placings: Malika Baker (156th, 21:14.5), Nashia Baker (183rd, 21:27.0), Lydia Saggau (195th, 21:35.2), Courtney Coppinger (232nd, 22:11.1).

Oregon’s Edward Cheserek won the men’s individual title, and Notre Dame’s Molly Seidel took the women’s title.

Syracuse won the men’s team crown and New Mexico the women’s.

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