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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

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Okolo qualifies with best time at NCAA Track & Field Championships

The Texas women got their turn to compete at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. on Thursday night as Courtney Okolo qualified with the best semifinal time in NCAA meet history in the women’s 400-meter run. The Texas men competed on Wednesday night and get back … Read More

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Givans qualifies for 100-meter final at NCAA Track & Field Championships

Senoj-Jay Givans qualified with the best time (9.96 seconds) in the men’s 100-meter semifinals at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. on Wednesday night. Givans was the only runner to finish the race in under 10 seconds. With his qualifying time, Givans became the first Longhorn to … Read More

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Longhorns qualify many at NCAA West preliminary round

The Texas Longhorns track & field team qualified many at the NCAA West preliminary round in Lawrence, Kan. on Friday. In all, 13 Longhorns qualified for the NCAA Championships which will be held in Eugene, Ore. beginning on June 8. Morolake Akinosun qualified for the 100-meter final with a time … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Top sprinter Morolake Akinosun is a Texas treasure

Morolake Akinosun is the most famous athlete on the Texas campus. Or should be. She’s not the quarterback for Charlie Strong’s football team. Or Isaiah Taylor’s successor at point guard. She’s not Big 12 tennis player of the year Breaunna Addison. She’s all of that and more. The vivacious, 22-year-old … Read More

Suit seeks testimony from Ex-Texas coach Mack Brown, others

A former University of Texas track coach’s sex and race discrimination lawsuit has new life, and her lawyers are still pursuing long-sought testimony from former football coach Mack Brown and prominent current and former administrators as they dig into one of college sports’ highest-profile athletic departments. Former women’s track coach … Read More

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Morolake Akinosun named Big 12 performer of the year

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 … Read More

Little suspense for Texas in sweeping Big 12 track and field titles

Though they may end up winning a national title, Texas’ men’s 1600 relay didn’t even win their own conference. Instead they were politely benched, replaced by a B-squad and told they weren’t needed because Texas had pulled away in the team standings heading into the final event … Read More

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Behind Morolake Akinosun and A.J. Bailey, Texas sweeps Big 12 T&F titles

FORT WORTH — For the second year in a row, Texas swept the outdoor titles at the Big 12 track and field championships. The women took the title with 167.7 points, topping Oklahoma with 137.5. The men bested Kansas, 134 to 116. It’s the first time in Big 12 history a team … Read More

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Texas track & field teams in contention at Big 12 Championships

The Texas men and women picked up some points with good performances in field events as well as distance races at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships on Friday at Lowdon Track in Fort Worth. Barrett Poth and Reese Watson finished in third and fourth place in the men’s pole vault … Read More

From Jamaica to West Texas to Austin — Chrisann Gordon finds success on track

Over the years, Texas athletics has generally steered clear of junior college transfers. For one, credit hours can be incompatible. Two, coaches see grooming an athlete for four years as a better investment than two. Yet exceptions are made for special talents, such as track and … Read More