Okolo Brings Home Two Titles at NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

okoloCourtney Okolo left the Randall Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas with two national titles under her belt, earning first place in the 400 meters and, with Ashley Spencer, Kendall Baisden and Marolake Akinosum, the women’s 4x400 meter relay.

Spencer joined Okolo on the 400 meters podium, taking home third place. Later, the two teamed up with Baisden and Akinosun for the relay and posted the fifth-fastest time in collegiate history.

Both the men and women’s track teams finished sixth place overall at the two-day NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

In addition to Spencer, Okolo, Baisden and Akinosun, the Longhorns received plenty of hardware.

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Morgan Snow finished third in the women’s 60 meter hurdles, defending champion Ryan Crouser finished second in the men’s shot put, and the men’s 4x400 relay team finished third and broke the previous school record.

"We're going to build upon this. We're going to sit down as a staff and look at ways that we can all be better," Head Coach Mario Sategna said. "My hat goes off to all the support that we've had up to this point for our season. I do feel like we're going to be much better on both sides outdoors.

"We're in a good spot, but ultimately we want to win. That's why we're at The University of Texas. It's important that we get these athletes back and get them rested. Our outdoor season starts next week."

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Brian Kendall

Part-time journalist turned full-time blogger, Brian is an online staff writer at Horns Illustrated and serves as senior staff writer for digital marketing agency Speak Social. Brian currently resides in Austin and you can read his blog at the following address: briankendall.wordpress.com

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