Michael Cherry, of the United States, receives the baton from teammate Courtney Okolo, right, in the mixed 4x400 meter relay race during the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Courtney Okolo’s double gold, world record highlights Longhorn results at IAAF World Championships

Posted October 8th, 2019

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Fourteen athletes affiliated with the University of Texas track and field program traveled to Doha, Qatar last week to compete at the IAAF World Championships, where they earned five medals in six different events.

The Longhorn contingent’s results were highlighted by Courtney Okolo, who won two gold medals in the 4×400-meter and mixed 4×400-meter relays. Her 50.0 split helped set a world record of 3:09.34 in the latter event, a brand-new race that requires each team to run two men and two women in any order. USATF legend Allyson Felix also ran on that relay to earn the 12th world championships gold medal of her career, which broke her tie with Usain Bolt for the most in history.

Okolo also contributed a quick 49.9 leg in the preliminary round of the 4x400m; the Americans won gold in the final with a different line-up of women.

In the 4×100-meter relay, Teahna Daniels and Morolake Akinosun teamed up to help Team USA earn the bronze medal. Daniels, the U.S. champion for 100 meters, ran second leg and Akinosun ran third on the squad, which finished with a time of 42.10 behind Jamaica (41.44) and Great Britain (41.85).

Two Longhorn affiliates won individual medals. Assistant coach Keni Harrison earned the silver medal in the 100-meter hurdles in 12.46 behind fellow American Nia Ali.

Ryan Crouser took home a silver medal in a tightly contested shot put competition that saw fellow American Joe Kovacs narrowly win with a throw of 22.91m over Crouser and New Zealand’s Tom Walsh, both whom threw for 22.90m.

See below for the rest of the Longhorns’ results:

NAME COUNTRY EVENT RESULT YRS at UT
Morolake Akinosun USA 100m 11.17/10th (semi-final) 2014-2016
4x100m relay 42.10/bronze
Valarie Allman USA discus 61.82m/7th Assistant coach
Kori Carter USA 400m hurdles DNF Assistant coach
Michelle Carter USA shot put 18.41m/9th 2004-2007
Ryan Crouser USA shot put 22.90m/silver 2012-2016
Teahna Daniels USA 100m 11.19/7th 2016-2019
4x100m relay 42.10/bronze
Melissa Gonzalez Colombia 400m hurdles 56.49/26th (prelim) 2013-2016
Marielle Hall USA 10K 31:05.71/8th 2011-2014
Kendra Harrison USA 100m hurdles 12.46/silver Assistant coach
Chantel Malone British Virgin Islands long jump 22nd (prelim) 2008-2011
Steffin McCarter USA long jump NM 2016-present
Courtney Okolo USA 4x400m relay 3:22.96 (prelim)/gold 2016-2019
mixed 4x400m relay
3:09.34/gold (WR)
Sha’Keela Saunders USA long jump 6.54m/9th 2019
Ashley Spencer USA 400m hurdles 54.45/6th 2014-2015

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