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Okolo and Adkins Take Home Weekly Awards
Track & Field 02/10/2016

Texas runner Courtney Okolo and Texas Tech high jumper Bradley Adkins have been named this week's Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week. Okolo, the 2015 indoor 400-meter national champion, posted the fastest time in the world this season with a 51.16 second finish in the 400m to win at the Husker Invitational, and Adkins posted a Big 12 leading 2.20-meter/7' 2.5" high jump to win at the New Mexico Classic. This marks the first time Adkins, the Big 12 Outdoor high jump champion in 2014, has received a weekly honor. In addition to Okolo's 2015 400-meter indoor national championship, she also boasts a 2014 outdoor 400m national title and four total (three outdoor, one indoor) athlete of the week honors prior to this one.

UT’s Okolo is USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week
Track & Field 02/09/2016

Texas senior sprinter Courtney Okolo ran the fastest time in the world this season in the 400 meters at the Husker Invitational en route to being recognized as the USTFCCCA Division I National Athlete of the Week. Okolo ran 51.16 to win the 400 meters at the invite, besting former teammate and now professional runner for Nike, Ashley Spencer. It was Okolo's season debut in her primary event as she is preparing to defend her 2015 NCAA indoor title. The time of 51.16 also set a meet record for the Husker Invitational and facility record at the Bob Devaney Center. The time just missed her indoor career-best 51.12 that won her last year's NCAA title. Additionally, her time is the fastest ever run by a collegian prior to championships season. Nine of the 10 fastest quarter-miles in collegiate indoor history have come at nationals, and Okolo just missed that list by a tenth of a second. The win by Okolo marks the third time a Big 12 female athlete has claimed the honor this season, with Kansas State's Akela Jones earning the award twice (January 12 & 26) for her efforts in the heptathlon.

Kansas and TCU Earn Weekly Honors on the Track
Track & Field 02/03/2016

TCU sprinter Ronnie Baker and Kansas long-distance runner Sharon Lokedi have been named the Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week. Baker took first place in both the 60-meter and 200-meter races this past week, while Lokedi grabbed first-place in the 3,000-meter. It marks Baker's second career weekly honor with the other coming as a member of the TCU 4x400-meter relay team on Feb. 25 of last year, and he is also the defending national champion in the 60-meter. Lokedi earned her first career track weekly honor, but she was named Cross Country Runner of the Week this past fall on Oct. 6.

Caddick and Jones Named Athletes of the Week
Track & Field 01/27/2016

Baylor 400-meter runner George Caddick and Kansas State pentathlete Akela Jones have been named the male and female Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week. Caddick raced to a first-place finish in the 400m and Jones nearly eclipsed the NCAA pentathlon record en route to their respective honors. The win marks the first weekly award for Caddick, while Jones took home the honor twice in 2015 on her way to earning Co-Performer of the Year.

K-State’s Jones Is National Athlete of the Week
Track & Field 01/26/2016

Kansas State's Akela Jones has earned her second USTFCCA National Athlete of the Week honor this month, turned in one of the all-time great collegiate pentathlon performances this weekend at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational.

First Athlete of the Week Awards of 2016 Announced
Track & Field 01/20/2016

Three seniors have earned the first Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week awards after dominant performances in their respective events. Ryan Crouser (Texas, shot put) and Chris Caldwell (Texas Tech, 60-meter hurdles) each won their respective meet events en route to being named Co-Male Athletes of the Week, and Kansas' Daina Levy (weight throw) took home first place while also posting the best throw in the NCAA this season. The win marks Crouser's fifth-career weekly indoor honor, while Caldwell and Levy are being recognized for the first time.

K-State’s Akela Jones Is USTFCCCA Female Athlete of the Week
Track & Field 01/12/2016

Kansas State's Akela Jones has been named the USTFCCCA Division I National Female Athlete of the Week after posting an impressive performance at the Kansas State Invitational last weekend. Jones, a senior from St. Michael, Barbados, posted national-best marks in the high jump (6-1.5, 1.87m) and 60 hurdles (8.17) en route to a pair of first-place finishes. Her mark in the high jump was Jones' indoor best while the 8.17 in the hurdles fell just shy of her career best. The senior was recently placed on the 2016 Preseason Bowerman Award Watch List, given annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. Jones carried over momentum from an impressive 2015 indoor season, winning the Big 12 title in long jump while snagging high-point scorer of the meet honors. She was also named Big 12 Outstanding Performer of the Year, as well as the USTFCCCA Midwest Field Athlete of the Year. She also earned First Team All-American honors in high jump and long jump along with a Second Team All-American selection in the 60 meter hurdles.

Conference Places Four on Bowerman Preseason Watch List
Track & Field 01/07/2016

The Big 12 has placed four individuals on the 2016 Bowerman Preseason Award Watch List, given annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Preseason Indoor Track & Field National Rankings Released
Track & Field 01/06/2016

Five men's and three women's indoor track and field teams are ranked in the USTFCCCA Preseason Indoor Track & Field National Top 25 Rankings. The five men's squads are the second most of any conference nationally and tie for the highest percentage of teams ranked (50 percent).

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Kansas State 10/14/2015

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