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Longhorns in the Olympics: Day 13

Morolake Akinosun, a Team USA sprinter who just completed her senior season at UT, anchored the women’s 400-meter relay team to a time of 41.77 seconds at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. The sprinters had to complete a re-run after they won an appeal as a result … Read More

Football or track? John Burt is sprinting ahead in both at Texas

No matter what the Texas coaches had planned Monday night, chances are John Burt was slightly distracted by the Olympics. NBC was broadcasting the opening round of the 110-meter hurdles live from Rio de Janeiro. The key American storyline was Oregon’s Devon Allen, a two-sport star … Read More

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Texas-ex Michelle Carter captures Olympic gold in shot put

RIO DE JANEIRO — Michelle Carter loves to let the tension build. At the Olympics, she took it to extremes. The former Texas Longhorn waited until her last throw Friday night to knock off arguably the best woman to ever compete in the event — two-time defending champion Valerie Adams of … Read More

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Longhorns in the Olympics: Day 7

Seven current and former Longhorns competed at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, including current Longhorn Joseph Schooling who set an Olympic record on his way to defeating the greatest swimming champion of all time. He wasn’t the only Longhorn to win gold on the night as … Read More

Beauty and the Beast: Natasha Hastings’ secret weapon — Texas’ Pat Moorer

Pressed for time, Natasha Hastings fired off a text message and requested a location change for a recent scheduled media interview. The new venue? A nail salon in north Austin. Hastings, who’s about to try to advance her decorated running career with a second … Read More

Who needs practice? Ashley Spencer will hurdle — not sprint — at the Olympics

Though technically accurate, the story circulating in track and field circles about Ashley Spencer coming out of nowhere to make the U.S. Olympic team warrants some clarification. Spencer, by most standards, is a novice in the 400-meter hurdles and an unknown on the world stage. She had competed … Read More

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UCLA transfer Wasik joins Texas track & field team

Steele Wasik, a transfer decathlete, has joined the Texas track & field team, head coach Mario Sategna announced on Wednesday. The former UCLA Bruin earned second team All-American status during his freshman year before transferring to Texas. “Texas is a very prideful place and I took Coach Mario’s motto of … Read More

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Duncan takes fourth at World Junior Championships

Alexis Duncan, a future Longhorn, had a personal best performance at the IAAF World Junior Championships as she took fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles in Bydgoszcz, Poland on Sunday. Duncan finished the race in 12.93 seconds for Team USA, just missing out on a bronze medal by .04 seconds. Read More

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Texas’ appeal denied in Bev Kearney lawsuit

In a move that was to be expected, the Austin-based 3rd Court of Appeals says it will not revisit its earlier decision to dismiss the University of Texas’ motion to throw out a lawsuit filed by former Longhorns track and field coach Bev Kearney. This means Kearney, who was dismissed by the university in 2013 for having … Read More

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Six Longhorns runners advance at U.S. Olympic Trials

Six former and current Longhorns runners battled the rain to advance in their events on Friday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. Ashley Spencer and Byron Robinson both advanced in the 400-meter hurdles. Spencer finished the semifinal race in 55.41 to qualify No. 4 in the women’s event … Read More

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Michelle Carter sets Olympic Trials record in shot put

Former Longhorn Michelle Carter made a successful final throw in the women’s shot put to set a record for the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. and became the third UT athlete to qualify for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. Carter qualified for her third Olympics with … Read More

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Reese Watson pulls out of pole vault final

Reese Watson, who qualified for Monday’s pole vault final, was unable to compete after the quad injury he suffered on Saturday flared up during warmups at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. With the possible qualifying height likely to be set at 18 feet-8 1/4 inches Watson decided to … Read More

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Richards-Ross bows out, Crouser headed to Rio Olympics

On a night when Allyson Felix cruised on auto-pilot in the 400-meter qualifying round to keep her chance at a 200-400 double alive, Sanya Richards-Ross bid a tearful adieu to the fans, after pulling up 250 meters into her lap around the track — her hamstring too tight to carry … Read More

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Texas finishes 9th in annual Director’s Cup standings

After a dominating year in smaller sports, Texas finished ninth overall in the annual Division I Learfield Director’s Cup standings released Friday. The Longhorns were the top-ranked school in the state of Texas and the Big 12. It’s also the fourth time in the last five years UT has finished … Read More

Courtney Okolo might be America’s next big thing — just don’t ask her

According to just about everyone, University of Texas graduate Courtney Okolo qualifies as the favorite in a stacked field competing in the women’s 400 meters at this week’s U.S. Olympic track and field trials. Everyone, that is, except for Okolo. “I feel like everyone … Read More

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Does Leo Manzano have what it takes to medal at the Olympics again?

One of Austin’s speediest runners, former University of Texas track star Leo Manzano, is headed to Eugene, Ore., in July for the Olympic Trials, where he’ll try to secure his spot on Team USA and a trip to the 2016 Olympics, which begin Aug. 5. If Manzano, 31, makes the … Read More

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Okolo named finalist for 2016 Bowerman Award

Courtney Okolo was named one of three finalists for the 2016 Bowerman Award, the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Thursday. Okolo broke her own collegiate record in the outdoor 400 meters event when she ran a 49.71 at the LSU Alumni Gold in … Read More

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Crouser named Bowerman Award semifinalist

Former Texas thrower Ryan Crouser was named a semifinalist for the men’s 2016 Bowerman Award by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Thursday. Crouser, a four-time NCAA champion, is among nine other athletes competing for the honor. He tied the all-time best indoor throw … Read More

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Honors for Okolo keep rolling in

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. Read More

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Okolo named semifinalist for Bowerman Award

Courtney Okolo was named a semifinalist for the 2016 Bowerman Award by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Wednesday. Okolo joins nine other female student athletes in competition for the most prestigious award in college track and field. The NCAA champion in the 400 … Read More