Women compete in Day 2 of NCAA National Track and Field Championships


Senior Courtney Okolo held the top qualifying spot in the 400-meter dash at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday.

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It was the Longhorn women’s turn to hit the track at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Thursday. Texas ended day two in a position to capture the team title on Saturday.

Senior Morolake Akinosun continued to dominate the sprints. Akinosun crossed the line at 11.23 seconds in the 100-meter dash and 22.92 seconds in the 200-meter dash to qualify for Saturday’s final.

Two Longhorns, junior Chrisann Gordon and senior Courtney Okolo, qualified for Saturday’s final in the 400-meter dash. Okolo currently holds the top qualifying spot with a time of 50.48 seconds, while Gordon crossed the line at 51.82 seconds.

“It was a great day. I was proud of the athletes dealing with the elements, off and on cold rain,” head coach Mario Sategna said in a statement. “Seeing our veterans with Morolake advancing in the 100 and 200, Courtney and Chrisann both in the 400 is great and a key for us this week.”

Freshman Ashley Miller took 21st overall in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.38 seconds, while sophomore Ariel Jones finished 19th overall in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 58.92 seconds.

On the field, sophomore pole vaulter Kally Long finished No. 7 with a vault of 4.20 meters.

While the women failed to qualify for finals in the 4x100-meter relay, they came back for revenge in the 4x400-meter in the final event of the day. The team of Gordon, Jones, Okolo and freshman Zola Golden finished first in their heat with a time of 3:28.37 to advance to Saturday’s final.