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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Two Jayhawks snare track titles

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— Kansas University’s Daina Levy won the weight throw, and Sharon Lokedi won the 5,000 to pace the Jayhawk women at the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.

Levy threw 70 feet, 71⁄4 inches — the No. 2 throw in school history.

“It has been a long time coming,” Levy said. “I have been working so hard this year. I hate getting second place, and I knew this year was going to be tough because there are so many great competitors in this conference. I knew it would take a really good outing to get the top spot so I was happy I threw well today.”

Lokedi won the 5K in 16:05.54.

“It feels great to get this medal,” Lokedi said. “I think I executed the race well today. … It just feels great to come out on top. I’m so happy.”

KU’s women were in fourth place with 28.5 points, trailing Texas Tech (43), Texas (41) and Kansas State (29).

Kansas’ men were in sixth place with 20 points, behind Oklahoma State (37), Kansas State (35), Texas (34.5), Oklahoma (25) and Texas Tech (20.5).

Evan Landes placed fourth in the 5,000 in 14:10.75 and Paulo Benavides tied for fourth in the pole vault (17-01⁄4) for the Jayhawks’ top men’s finishes.

MEN

Team scores (through 5 of 19 events): Oklahoma State 37, Kansas State 35, Texas 34.5, Oklahoma 25, Texas Tech 20.5, Kansas 20, Iowa State 14, TCU 7, Baylor 2.

Kansas Results

5,000 — 4. Evan Landes, 14:10.75.

Distance medley relay — 5. Bernal, Wilson, Koech, Hodgson, 9:56.52.

Pole vault — T4. Paulo Banavides, 17-01⁄4. 6. Greg Lupton, 17-01⁄4. T7. Casey Bowen 17-01⁄4. 9. Hussain Al Hizam 16-61⁄2.

Long jump — 12. Curti Ray, 22-113⁄4.

Weight throw — 7. Brandon Lombardino, 58-33⁄4.

Heptathlon (through 4 of 7 events) — 8. Dylan Poirier, 2,806.

WOMEN

Team scores (through 6 of 19 events) — Texas Tech 43, Texas 41, Kansas State 29, Kansas 28.5, Iowa State 28, Oklahoma 22.5, Oklahoma State 22, Baylor 17, West Virginia 2, TCU 1.

Kansas Results

5,000 — 1. Sharon Lokedi, 16:05.54.

Distance medley relay — 3. McKenna, Omare, Cooney, Baker, 11:34.63.

Pole vault — T5. Laura Taylor, 13-03⁄4.

Weight throw — 1. Daina Levy, 70-71⁄4. 13. Dasha Tsema, 54-10.

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