Rock Chalk Classic

Senior distance runner Malika Baker (left) and junior Sharon Lokedi (right) lead the Jayhawks in the women's 1,500-meter run on April 28, 2017. Lokedi finished first with a time of 4:29.

Following her eighth place finish at the Pre-National Invitational in Louisville, Kentucky, on Oct. 14, junior Sharon Lokedi was named the Big 12 Female Cross Country Runner of the Week on Tuesday.

It is her second time receiving the honor, and the two-time All American made her season debut last week after sitting out both the Bob Timmons Dual Classic and Rim Rock Classic last month.

During last year’s race in Terre Haute, Indiana, Lokedi finished 10th at a time of 20:26 in the 6,000 meter run. She moved up two spots with a 25.4-second improvement this past weekend in Louisville. 

With conference competition approaching, Lokedi and the Jayhawks will next race in the Big 12 Championship at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock, Texas, where Lokedi placed first with a 20:18 finish last season, leading the Jayhawks to a sixth place team finish in the 6k.

The men will be racing in the 8k meet, where they finished fourth as a team last season. Then-sophomore Michael Melgares earned 19th place and had the best finish time for a current Jayhawk at 26:06.

— Edited by Wesley Dotson