Kansas’ men’s cross country team placed second and KU’s women’s squad took third in the Rim Rock Classic on Saturday at Rim Rock Farm.
Junior Chris Melgares placed sixth to lead the KU men in the 8K race, and sophomore Sharon Lokedi led the KU women with a fourth-place finish in the 6K.
On the men’s side, No. 14-ranked Indiana (23 points) took three of the top-five collegiate finishes to defeat Kansas (42) and Rice (98). In the women’s race, Rice (45) claimed three of the top five positions but finished between Indiana (36) and the 26th-ranked Jayhawks (46).
Melgares completed the race in a time of 24:19.0. He was followed by sophomore Dylan Hodgson in ninth (24:33.5), senior Daniel Koech in 11th (24:37.0), sophomore Michael Melgares in 12th (24:39.3) and senior James Hampton in 13th (24:42.3), who kept a tight pack for most of the race.
On the women’s side, sophomore All-American Lokedi paced a lead pack that consisted of six, then four runners, with Rice’s Abigail Cartwright and Katie Jensen, and Indiana’s Katherine Receveur sticking with until the end.
Jayhawks behind Lokedi were seniors Malika Baker (seventh place; 21:20.1), Nashia Baker (10th place; 21:40.3), Hannah Richardson (12th place; 21:46.7) and Hannah Dimmick (13th place; 21:48.7).