Morolake Akinosun accepting the high point performer of the meet award at the 2016 Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. (Photo provided by Texas Athletics)

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Morolake Akinosun named Big 12 performer of the year

Posted May 19th, 2016

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Morolake Akinosun was named the women’s outstanding performer of the year by the Big 12 Conference on Thursday. The Texas sprinter was honored after multiple record-breaking performances on the track this season.

Akinosun was the first woman to win both the 100 and 200-meter finals three times when she ran an 11.32 in the 100 and a 23.08 in the 200 at the Big 12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Fort Worth last weekend. She won the 200 race by just .01 over Oklahoma’s Daye Shon Roberson.

The anchor leg of the women’s 400-meter relay team, Akinosun helped the Longhorns set the Lowdon Track Complex facility record of 44.05 at the meet as well.

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In her three-year career at Texas, Akinosun won nine titles in her three primary events and was undefeated in finals at the Big 12 Championships.

This is the sixth time a Longhorn has been named women’s performer of the year, breaking a tie with Texas A&M which is no longer in the conference.

The Texas track team is now preparing for the NCAA West preliminary rounds to be held next week at Rock Jock Park in Lawrence, Kan.

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