Morolake Akinosun runs with the baton during the second leg of the 4x100 meter relay at the NCAA Division I Track and Field West Preliminary round held at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas on May 30, 2015. (Thao Nguyen/FOR AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

BEVO BEAT Track & Field

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

Posted May 16th, 2016

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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 swept the outdoor titles in consecutive years.

The Longhorns’ claimed the high point scorer in both competitions. On the women’s side, Morolake Akinosun scored 22.5 points with wins in the 100 and the 200, and the 400 relay. Additionally, Akinosun became the first female to win three Big 12 titles in the 100 and 200. A.J. Bailey scored 20.5 points for the men, picking up titles in the 200 and in the 400 relay and finishing second in the 400.

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Others to win titles were Byron Robinson (400 hurdles), Ariel Jones (400 hurdles), Courtney Okolo (400), Sandie Raines (5000), the women’s 400 relay of Caitland Smith, Courtney Okolo, Zola Golden and Akinosun, and the men’s 400 relay of Charles Anumnu, Senoj-Jay Givans, Zack Bilderback and Bailey.

John Burt, a wide receiver on the football team, was second in the 110-meter hurdles.

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