20 Apr

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UT sprinter named Big 12 Athlete of the Week

Texas junior AJ Bailey won the 200-meter dash and ran a leg of UT's runner-up 4x400-meter relay to help the Longhorns win the Texas Invitational (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

Texas junior AJ Bailey won the 200-meter dash and ran a leg of UT's runner-up 4x400-meter relay to help the Longhorns win the Texas Invitational (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — For his contributions to the Texas men’s track and field team’s victory in the Texas Invitational over the weekend, junior sprinter AJ Bailey, Jr., has been named Big 12 Men’s Athlete of the Week.

Bailey won the 200-meter dash in 20.44 seconds, the third-fastest time in the nation this season. He also finished fifth in the 100-meter dash in 10.34.

Bailey also was a part of the Longhorns’ 4x400-meter relay team that ran a 39.22, finishing second behind LSU in the event.

His 18 points helped the Longhorns win the meet with a team score of 138 points against a field of track heavyweights, including No. 5 LSU, No. 7 Arkansas and No. 18 Penn State.

The Big 12 award is the first for Bailey and the first for the men’s outdoor team this season.