Courtney Okolo, Texas Sophomore, Sets New NCAA 400 Record Of 50.03 At Big 12 Meet

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by LetsRun.com
May 18, 2014

Sophomore Courtney Okolo of the University of Texas set a new collegiate record today in the women’s 400 by running 50.03 at the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field meet today at Texas Tech.

The old record of 50.10 from 2005 belonged to UCLA’s Monique Henderson. In addition to being a new collegiate record, 50.03 is also the fastest time in the world this year (previous fastest was 50.24 by Francena McCorory.

The 20-year-old Okolo, who coming into the meet had a personal best of 51.04 from last year, set a new personal best in the prelims of 50.76 before nearly breaking 50.00 in the final. It’s worth noting that Texas Tech is located in Lubbock, Texas and the 3,281 feet of altitude is slightly beneficial to 400-meter runners. The NCAA’s altitude conversion program adds .11 to 400 times in Lubbock, TX but we believe it still will count as the collegiate record.

It’s also worth noting that 90 minutes after setting the 400 record, Okolo (who was fourth in the 400 at both the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships and 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships) ran the 200 final, where she was last in 23.33. Reason to be concerned? We’re not sure. It’s possible Okolo took it easy as the Longhorns have the team title wrapped up.

With the team title in hand, Texas didn’t even run a team in the women’s 4 x 400 relay, on which Okolo split a 49.7 at Penn Relays. We’ll update this article after that takes place.

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Event 5  Women 400 Meter
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  Collegiate: ^ 50.10  2005        Monique Henderson, UCLA                    
      Big 12: # 50.76  5/17/2014   Courtney Okolo, Texas                      
     Stadium: ! 50.76  5/17/2014   Courtney Okolo, Texas                      
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Points       
=======================================================================       
Finals                                                                        
  1 Courtney Okolo            SO Texas                    50.03^  10          
  2 Kendall Baisden           FR Texas                    50.46!   8          
  3 Briana Nelson             SR Texas                    51.22    6          
  4 Raena Rhone               JR Baylor                   52.67    4.50 52.662
  4 Montenae Roye-Speight     JR Texas Tech               52.67    4.50 52.662
  6 Sonia Gaskin              SO Kansas State             52.72    3          
  7 Briyanni Thomas           SR TCU                      52.86    2          
  8 Alyssa Nichols            SR Baylor                   53.55    1

 

Delta Timing Group - Contractor License                     5/18/2014 - 8:29 PM
                              2014 Big 12 Outdoor                               
                          Track & Field Championships                           
          Fuller Track Stadium - Lubbock, TX  - 5/16/2014 to 5/18/2014          
 
Event 3  Women 200 Meter
============================================================================    
  Collegiate: ^ 22.04  6/2/1989    Dawn Sowell, LSU                             
      Big 12: # 22.29  2008        Porscha Lucas, Texas A&M                     
     Stadium: ! 22.85  2009        Porscha Lucas, Texas                         
    Name                    Year School                  Finals  Wind Points    
============================================================================    
Finals                                                                          
  1 Morolake Akinosun         SO Texas                    22.17   4.3  10       
  2 Cierra White              JR Texas Tech               22.61   4.3   8       
  3 Ashley Fields             SO Baylor                   22.63   4.3   6       
  4 Kendall Baisden           FR Texas                    23.01   4.3   5       
  5 Ashley Spencer            JR Texas                    23.07   4.3   4       
  6 Briana Nelson             SR Texas                    23.29   4.3   3       
  7 Christy Udoh              SR Texas                    23.31   4.3   2       
  8 Courtney Okolo            SO Texas                    23.33   4.3   1       

More: Big 12 Results *Okolo Bio At Texassports.com