Marshevet Hooker of Texas beats Minnesota's Kadian Douglas and Oklahoma's Yolanda Goff to the finish line during a 100-meter heat at a track and field meet in Austin on May 26, 2006. (Larry Kolvoord/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Black History Month at Texas: Marshevet Hooker

Posted February 19th, 2020

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Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about track and field standout Marshevet Hooker.

Hooker starred at Texas from 2004-06. During her time with the Longhorns, Hooker was a nine-time All-American. She won NCAA championships in the outdoor 100 meters (2005) and the indoor 60 meters (2006) and long jump (2006). Her 400-meter relay team was also crowned at the 2005 outdoor meet.

With Hooker on the roster, Texas won the NCAA’s outdoor championship in 2005. The Longhorns were the NCAA’s best indoor program during the 2006 season. The Longhorns have not won a title during either season since Hooker’s departure.

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Hooker ran for the United States at the 2008 Olympics and finished fifth in the 200-meter dash. Still UT’s record-holder in both the indoor and outdoor long jump, Hooker was inducted into the Texas Hall of Honor in 2019. Hooker’s sister, Destinee, was enshrined among the all-time greats at Texas in 2015.

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