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Kansas Athlete of the Year Nominees
July 11, 2018
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2017-18 Big 12 Athlete of the Year candidates will be highlighted each weekday through July 20. Fans will then be able to vote for their male and female choices from July 20-23 on Big12Sports.com. Fan voting will be considered in the final tally for selecting this prestigious award. Today’s featured candidates are Kansas’ Sharon Lokedi and Hussain Al Hizam.

KU Female Athlete of the Year Candidate
Sharon Lokedi; Cross Country and Track & Field
Jr.; Eldoret, Kenya

Accomplishments
^ 2018 NCAA Outdoor National Champion and NCAA Meet Record Holder in the 10,000 meters 
^ 2017 Big 12 Women's Cross Country Champion, marking a second-consecutive championship
^ 2017 Big 12 Cross Country Women's Runner of the Year and All-Midwest Region honoree
^ 2018 Big 12 Indoor Champion - 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters
^ First Team All-America in 3,000 meters (indoor) and in 10,000 meters (outdoor)
^ 2018 Big 12 Indoor Women's Performer of the Year
^ Outdoor Second Team All-America in 5,000 meters

KU Male Athlete of the Year Candidate
Hussain Al Hizam; Track & Field
Jr.; Jubail, Saudi Arabia

Accomplishments
^ 2018 NCAA Indoor National Champion and KU school record in the pole vault
^ Broke his own Saudi Arabian national record in the indoor and outdoor pole vault
^ First Team All-America (Indoor and Outdoor) - pole vault
^ 2018 Big 12 Indoor and Outdoor Champion - pole vault
^ 2018 Big 12 Indoor Men's Track & Field Performer of the Year
^ Google Cloud Academic All-America Second Team

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