Texas track senior Courtney Okolo has been named as the USTFCCCA NCAA Division 1 Women’s Athlete of the Week after her record-setting performance at the LSU Alumni Gold track meet this weekend.
In her season debut, Okolo ran 49.71 in the 400 meters event, setting the NCAA collegiate record and breaking her own record of 50.03 seconds set in 2014. The USTFCCCA only considers times run during the collegiate season for records.
“I wanted to run that fast,” Okolo said. “We’ve been talking about it and training has been looking like I could run that fast, so it was just about executing.”
After her historic run, Okolo now has three of the fastest six times in NCAA history. Okolo’s time breaks the school record that was originally set by Olympic track star Sanya Richards-Ross. Richard-Ross ran a 49.89 400-meter back at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials.
Not only did Okolo set the NCAA record 400-meter time, but she also helped the Longhorns finish second in the 4x100 relay and anchored Texas’ first-place finish in the 4x400 race.