Former KU All-American Sharon Lokedi honored among Jayhawk greats

photo by: Matt Tait/Journal-World photo

Years after she last made history by running for the Jayhawks, former University of Kansas All-American and national champion Sharon Lokedi was at it again this weekend at the Kansas Relays.

In a ceremony on the final day of the 100-year anniversary of the history-rich track meet, Lokedi became the first female and first international student-athlete to have her silhouette added to KU’s famed Rim Rock Farms cross country course.

The silhouette, which stands well over 6 feet tall, was present at Rock Chalk Park during the first two days of the Kansas Relays for fans and competitors alike to see up close and learn more about Lokedi’s story.

A 12-time Big 12 champion, 10-time All-American and the 2018 outdoor NCAA champion in the 10,000 meters, Lokedi was a star at KU throughout her career from 2015-19.

After leaving Lawrence, the Kenya native won the 2022 New York City Marathon, adding another major milestone to her growing list of accomplishments.

Lokedi also ran cross country for KU, and the addition of her silhouette to the Rim Rock course forever will put her in the company of some of the all-time greats who ever ran at Kansas.

Dispersed throughout the course are larger-than-life metallic, silhouette statues of Herb Semper, Allen Frame, John Lawson and Olympians Billy Mills, Wes Santee, Glenn Cunningham and Jim Ryun.


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