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)

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Okolo qualifies with best time at NCAA Track & Field Championships

Akinosun qualifies for 100 and 200 event finals

Posted June 9th, 2016

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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 in action on Friday.

Okolo finished the race in 50.48 seconds, more than a second faster than any other competitor. Chrisann Gordon also qualified for Saturday’s 400 finals with a time of 51.82.

Morolake Akinosun qualified for the women’s 100-meter run  with a time of 11.23. She finished third in her heat, but had the next best time after the top two finishers of each heat. She also qualified for the 200-meter event with a time of 22.94.

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The Texas 400-meter relay team failed to qualify for the finals after finishing their heat in fifth place with a time of 43.85. The Texas A&M Aggies qualified with the best time, as they ran a 42.92.

Ashley Miller, a freshman, finished seventh in her 100 hurdles heat with a time of 13.38.

Mary Beth Hamilton finished the 800 semifinals in 2:06.16, but failed to qualify for the final. Ariel Jones also missed out on a trip to the 400 hurdles, finishing the race in 58.92.

In the final track event of the night the Longhorns qualified for the 1600-meter relay with a time of 3:28.37, the best mark of the event.

Kally Long took a tie for seventh place in the pole vault final, clearing a height of 13 feet, 9 1/4 inches. Ali Uhle tied for 15th place after clearing 13-3 1/2.

The Longhorns earned a point through six of 21 events and are tied for 33rd place. Arkansas is in first place with 26 points while Texas A&M is in second with 16 points. Georgia is in third with 13 points.

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