Texas' Courtney Okolo competes in a women's 400-meter semifinal at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Eugene, Ore. She placed sixth in the 400 final at the U.S. Olympic trials on Sunday. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

Honors for Okolo keep rolling in

Posted June 16th, 2016

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A day after being named a semifinalist to the Bowerman Award, Courtney Okolo was named Honda Sport Award winner by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards in addition to earning the title of women’s Track Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association.

The USTFCCCA voted Okolo as the nation’s top female runner for the 2016 outdoor season as a result of her winning her second NCAA Championship in the outdoor 400 meters. Okolo owns the collegiate record in the 400, running a 49.71 at the LSU Alumni Gold in April. She also earned a national title in the 1600 relay at the NCAA Championships.

It’s her second time being named Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA. She earned the honor in 2014 as well.

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The Honda Sport Award has been presented to the “best of the best in collegiate athletics,” in the 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports for the past 40 years. As a result of winning the award, Okolo is a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the Honda Cup. The award will be presented on CBS Sports Network on June 27.

“It’s definitely a huge honor,” Okolo said. “I’m thankful to God and my family for this award.”

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