The Texas track and field teams won five NCAA titles and broke a number of school records on Saturday at NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in Birmingham.
UT’s Ryan Crouser won his fourth shot put title in his final collegiate meet and Texas’ Zack Bilderback won the program’s first 4oo meter title.
Texas freshman Teahna Daniels set a school record with her win in the 60 meter dash and senior Courtney Okolo posted the third fastest time in collegiate history in the 400 meter race. Okolo helped Texas win its ninth 4×400 meter relay title in the meet’s final event.
The victory in the 4×400 relay gave Texas a fourth place finish in the team standings with 44 points. Oregon swept the team titles and Arkansas placed second in the men’s and women’s championships. The Oregon women’s team edged Arkansas by three points and the men’s team won with 62 points, 23 points ahead of the Razorbacks. The Texas men’s team placed fifth with 25 points.
“To win five NCAA crowns goes to the entire staff. It’s a product of everybody and I’m just so proud and happy for this team and program,” Texas coach Mario Sategna said.
Daniels became just the second freshman to win the women’s 60 meters title and set a American junior record in the process, clocking in at 7.11 seconds. That mark set the school record and is the fastest time ever recorded by a freshman.
“I really still can’t believe it. Honestly, I’m in shock. The key was worrying about what I do in my race, and not about everybody else, and I just had to know how to execute,” Daniels said.
Okolo’s 50.69 mark in the 400 set a school record and gave Texas it’s first sweep of the 400 meter titles. Bilderback took the men’s 400 in 46.03 seconds.
Okolo teamed up with Chrisann Gordon, Ariel Jones and Morolake Akinosun and won the 4×400 meter rely title in three minutes 28.27 seconds.
Crouser won his second NCAA indoor title with a 21.28 meters (69-9.75) heave on his fourth throw.
“It’s tough to sum up in words. It’s been a long a long journey and had a lot of ups and downs,” Crouser said. “I feel like I’ve grown a lot as a person and definitely as a teammate. I wouldn’t have chosen anywhere else but Texas. I had an excellent experience here and I will miss it.”
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