Texas sweeps Athlete of the Week awards


Texas track and field swept the Big 12 Athlete of the Week awards on Wednesday, with Courtney Okolo and Byron Robinson taking the women’s and men’s awards, respectively.

Both Okolo and Robinson posted the No. 1 times in each of their events at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Okolo broke the collegiate record — which she previously set — in the 400-meters event, finishing with a time of 49.71 seconds. The event at the LSU Gold marked the her first event of the season. 

Big 12 Athlete of the Week is far from Okolo’s greatest accomplishment as a Longhorn. Okolo now holds three of the six fastest 400-meter times in collegiate history. 

Robinson shined in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 49.10 seconds. His time was more than a full second ahead of the rest of the field, as he now ranks No. 1 in the nation over Florida’s Eric Futch.

Following Okolo and Robinson’s awards, the Longhorns now lead the Big 12 with 10 Athlete of the Week honors on the year.