Texas senior Courtney Okolo won the 400 meters NCAA crown and ran the anchor leg as the Longhorns captured the 1,600-meter relay title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships Saturday in Eugene, Ore.
UT finished fourth overall in the team standings. Arkansas won the team title with 72 points followed by host Oregon (62) and Georgia (41). The Longhorns scored 36 points and Texas A&M was fifth with 35 points.
Okolo took the 400 meters in 50.36 seconds, the tenth fastest collegiate time recorded. It was her fourth NCAA individual title and second 400 outdoor title. Teammate Chrisann Gordon ran the 400 in 51.72 and placed fifth.
“It hasn’t sunk in yet with everything,” Okolo said. “I’m just tired. I think I need to sit down for a second and then everything will sink in.”
Texas senior Morolake Akinosun won bronze in the women’s 100, crossing the finish line in 11.07 and was fourth in the 200 final.
Oregon’s Ariana Washington became the first freshman to sweep the 100 and 200 races. She won the 100 by edging San Diego State’s Ashley Henderson. Washington crossed the finish line in 10.95, one-hundredth of a second ahead of Henderson. Washington won the 200 title in 22.21. Akinosun ran the 200 in 22.54.
Akinosun, Okolo, Gordon and Zola Golden completed their sweep of the 1,600 relay indoor and outdoor NCAA titles, but it wasn’t easy. Okolo trailed by about 20 meters with 150 meters to go and caught Arkansas down the final stretch. Texas won in 3 minutes 27.64 seconds, just ahead of Arkansas’ 3:27.94.
“I’m glad we won because we’re Texas. We have to win the 4×4,” said Okolo. The Longhorns have won the 4×400 ten times.
Akinosun added “I saw Courtney’s run and I saw the last 100 meters and knew we got the win. It’s always nice to pull out a win and it happens often whenever Courtney’s on anchor.”
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