KU’s Lokedi runs to title

— Kansas sophomore Sharon Lokedi won the women’s individual title Saturday at the Big 12 cross country championships.

Lokedi won the 6K race in a time of 20:18.5, and it was the first individual league championship in the history of the women’s program.

She led the KU women to a sixth-place team finish. Senior James Hampton placed 14th and helped the KU men’s team place fourth.

“When I started, I didn’t want to go out too hard,” Lokedi said. “I kept just kept listening to my body and kept it under control. With each mile, the more I ran, the better I felt. I was like, ‘I can do this.’ Once I reached that point (4K mark) I knew that was the time to go. My body was adjusting well and mentally I was ready.”

Senior Hannah Richardson took 19th with a time of 21:22.0. Other KU women’s results: junior Lydia Saggau (21:41.4, 31st), senior Malika Baker (21:49.9, 33d) and senior Jennifer Angles (22:17.9, 46th).

Other KU men’s results: junior Chris Melgares (26:04.4, 17th), sophomore Michael Melgares (26:06.6, 19th), sophomore Dylan Hodgson (26:13.6, 22nd) and senior Daniel Koech (26:33.6, 32nd).

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