• Akinosun wins Athlete of the Week award

    Texas' Morolake Akinosun competes in the women's 100-meter dash during the Texas Relays, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Austin, Texas.
    Texas' Morolake Akinosun competes in the women's 100-meter dash during the Texas Relays, Saturday, April 2, 2016, in Austin, Texas.

    Senior Morolake Akinosun claimed the Big 12 Athlete of the Week on Wednesday following her record-setting performance in the Texas Relays. Akinosun became the first woman to win the 100-meter race three consecutive years at the Relays, clocking in at 11.07 seconds. The time was her best of the year and currently ranks as the No. 1 time in the world for 2016. 

    In addition to her individual success, Akinosun participated in the Longhorns’ 4x400 relay team. The 4x400 group clocked in at 3:26.54, good for the top spot in the nation and sixth all-time in the Longhorns’ record book.

    Akinosun became the third Longhorn to win Athlete of the Week in 2016, joining Ariel Jones and Asa Garcia. Jones and Garcia shared the award following the season’s opening week.

    Big 12 Athlete of the Week marks just another accolade in Akinosun’s accomplished career. Akinosun holds the Texas record in the 200 meters and joined Jackie Joyner-Kersee as one of two women to score in four events in consecutive years.

    The Texas Relays served as one of the finest points in Akinosun’s career. But the senior from Aurora, Illinois, isn’t done yet. The Longhorns still have four events before the Big 12 Championships in May, beginning with the LSU Alumni Gold on April 23. 

  • Vince Young being sued for alleged assault

    Former Texas quarterback Vince Young is being sued by a woman for allegedly assaulting and pulling her hair during a car ride back from a 2014 NCAA Tournament game, according to TMZ Sports.

    The woman, Tiffany Cayo, described Young as “extremely intoxicated” and claims the incident cost her medical expenses and lost wages. She is seeking $250,000 in damages.

    Young’s attorney said the former quarterback will file a lawsuit for defamation in response and that “Ms. Cayo’s claims will be roundly disproved and Mr. Young will be vindicated in all respects.”

    “Mr. Young’s counsel presented the results of the investigation to Ms. Cayo’s counsel in early 2015,” the attorney said in a statement to Horns Digest. “Now, two years after this alleged incident and over a year after being informed that there was clear and unequivocal witness testimony contradicting Ms. Cayo’s allegations, Ms. Cayo and her counsel have brought this frivolous lawsuit in a clear attempt to extract money from Mr. Young.”

  • No. 21 Texas travels to Baylor

    No. 21 Texas (15–6) will travel to Waco on Tuesday to take on Baylor, after five consecutive home matches.

    Last weekend the Longhorns knocked off UTSA in a double header, taking the afternoon match 5-2 and sweeping the second contest 4-0 for their 11th victory in 12 matches.

    Freshman Harrison Scott, who remains ranked No. 113 in singles, has won seven of his last nine singles matches with two coming over ranked opponents. This past weekend, Scott defeated UTSA senior Diogo Casa in straight sets. Scott is now 21–8 overall for this season.

    Senior Michael Riechmann and sophomore Adrian Ortiz are featured at No. 61 in the latest ITA doubles rankings, but the duo did not play together in Texas’ most recent match against UTSA.

    Match play will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Baylor.

  • Longhorns look to keep momentum up against BYU

    The Longhorns will look to keep up the momentum from their win Wednesday night when they host Brigham Young University in the three-game series this weekend.

    Junior pitcher Tiarra Davis rebounded Wednesday night after a rough weekend at Baylor. In 12.1 innings against the Bears, Davis gave up nine runs and threw two wild pitches. But she bounced back with just two runs given up and four strikeouts in a complete game win against Texas State.

    The Longhorns will be without the services of freshman Christina Bardwell, who was suspended indefinitely Thursday for a violation of team rules. Bardwell was hitting .289 and had eight RBIs in 22 games this season.

    Texas, however, won’t likely miss her presence on the field. Senior center fielder Lindsey Stephens leads the team with .419 batting average, nine doubles, six home runs and 23 RBIs.

    BYU comes into the weekend with a 19-12 record and is led by junior second baseman Lauren Bell and freshman catcher Libby Sugg. Bell is currently hitting .412, while Sugg has hit 14 home runs and brought in 31 runs.

    The Cougars, however, struggle in the circle. Junior pitcher McKenna Bull holds a 3.31 ERA and a .256 opponent’s batting average.

    Game one of the series starts Friday at 5 p.m. while Saturday’s double-header will start at 6 p.m. 

  • Texas rowing prepares for five races in San Diego

    No. 9 Texas rowing will head to Southern California to take place in the San Diego Crew Classic over the weekend.

    The Longhorns, who swept San Diego and No. 16 Notre Dame in their spring opener, are among the many top schools participating in the regatta, which draws in clubs and schools from around the nation.

    The toughest race for Texas will be the Jessop-Whittier Cup Invitational, the Varsity 8 race. They will go up against 9 other varsity squads, such as No. 2 California, No. 11 Washington State, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 14 Southern California, and No. 18 Gonzaga. California will prove especially challenging, as they have claimed the runner-up spot in the National Championship the past three years.

    The Longhorns will also face many of the same teams above, as well as several others, in four other races: the Varsity 4 race, the second Varsity 8 race, the Novice Laurel Korholtz Perpetual Trophy race, and the Women’s Open Carley Copely Cup race.

    Head coach Dave O’Neill said experience can help the Longhorns this weekend. 

    “[Last week] was just our first go-around and [the rowers] building on and having that experience, it’ll get better,” O’Neill said. “It’s all a process moving forward. We’re certainly looking toward NCAAs, so that’s the big one.” 

    The matches will be key in getting Texas to the NCAA championship regatta, if they do not automatically qualify after the Big 12 Championship meet.

    Texas will begin its first race, the Varsity 8 regatta, Saturday at 8:48 a.m.