Friday, May 11, 2018

KU’s Lokedi and Dudarev successfully defend Big 12 track and field titles


Kansas senior Sharon Lokedi’s final journey to the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championship looked a lot like her previous two when the distance runner from Kenya captured her third consecutive league title in the 10,000 meters race on Friday.

Lokedi finished the 10K in 34:56.39, becoming just the second female to win three 10,000-meter Big 12 titles, joining Iowa State's Lisa Koll, who won four from 2007-10.

KU’s men’s team picked up an individual league title, too, when sophomore Gleb Dudarev defended his Big 12 championship in the hammer throw. Dudarev, a Belarus native, set a new record at Baylor’s Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium with his winning heave (237 feet, 5 inches), securing his second straight league crown. 

Shaylyn Stallbaumer and Allie Twietmeyer scored medals for the KU women, as well. Stallbaumer took fifth in javelin (146-6.75), while Twietmeyer finished eighth in the event (138-9). 

K-State’s women’s team (22 points) led the team standings after one day, while Texas (26 points) got off to the best start on the men’s side.


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