KU’s Lokedi sets 10K record

Sunday, April 3, 2016

— Kansas University’s Sharon Lokedi shattered the longest-standing record in Kansas University track and field history on Friday.

Competing in a field with several professionals and some of the top distance runners in the collegiate ranks, Lokedi, a native of Eldoret, Kenya, placed 14th in the 10,000 in 33:10.06, bettering the 37-year-old school record by 1:17.

Later Friday, Kansas senior Evan Landes took fourth in the men’s 10,000 in 28:58.43, just seven seconds off the school record.

Earlier Friday at the San Francisco Distance Carnival, KU’s Dylan Hodgson (8:59.63) and Ben Burchstead (9:01.75) placed fourth and sixth in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase, and Chris Melgares was sixth in the 10K at 29:56.76.

KU’s Kelli McKenna placed fourth in 10:23.28 and Courtney Coppinger ninth in 10:31.72 in the women’s 3,000 steeplechase.