Chrisann Gordon of UT competes at Mike A. Myers Stadium on May 25, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Chrisann Gordon’s victory makes the 400-meter dash the top individual event at Texas

Posted June 11th, 2017

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Competing in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday, Texas senior Chrisann Gordon won a NCAA championship in the 400-meter dash.

The victory gave UT’s women’s track and field program its seventh win in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA’s outdoor meet. No other university has won more than three championships in that event. Gordon’s sprint also broke the 400-meter dash’s first-place with the high jump atop Texas’ individual trophy case. (The Longhorn women have won 11 outdoor titles in the 1,600-meter relay).

Shot putter Kathy Devine won Texas’ first NCAA title in 1979.

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UT’s 400-meter titles have been won by four athletes: Suziann Reid, Sanya Richards, Courtney Okolo and Gordon. Reid, Richards, and Okolo also combined for five championships during the indoor season.

“I want when they talk about Texas and the 400, that they mention Chrisann Gordon’s name,” Gordon said in a press release. “It feels really good to be in the same league as Sanya Richards and Courtney Okolo.”

Here’s a look at the gold mined by Texas in the 400-meter dash:

In the 400-meter dash at the Texas Five Way meet in 1997, Toya Brown (left) was third, Oklahoma’s Cecile Cargill was 2nd and Texas’ Suziann Reid (right) was first. lynne dobson photo

SUZIANN REID

  • 1996: 52.16 seconds (Eugene, Ore.)
  • 1998: 51.22 seconds (Buffalo, N.Y.)
  • 1999: 51.08 seconds (Boise, Idaho)
Texas’ Sanya Richards pulls away from Rice, left, and Louisiana Tech, right, to win a preliminary heat of the Women’s 4×100 Meter Relay at the 2004 Texas Relays. Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

SANYA RICHARDS

  • 2003: 50.58 seconds (Sacramento, Calif.)
Texas senior Courtney Okolo runs in the 4×400 meter relay at the Texas Relays on April 2, 2016.
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COURTNEY OKOLO

  • 2014: 50.23 seconds (Eugene)
  • 2016: 50.36 seconds (Eugene)
Chrisann Gordon of UT competes in the 400 Meter Dash at the NCAA Track and Field Championships West Preliminary at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Friday May 26, 2017. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

CHRISANN GORDON

  • 2017: 50.51 seconds (Eugene)

Zack Bilderback is the only 400-meter champion produced by the Texas men’s track and field program. Bilderback earned an indoor title in 2016.

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