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    Gakologelwang Masheto
    Gakologelwang Masheto
    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Maun, Botswana

    High School:
    McConnell College

    Last College:
    University of Botswana

    Event:
    Sprints

    Birthdate:
    11/01/1984

    INTERNATIONAL

    Represented Botswana in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, competing in the 400m.

    AT ILLINOIS

    2008 Track & Field
    Outdoor: Competed in the 400m at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive year, advancing to the semifinal ... Was fourth in the 400m at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships with a season-best time of 46.46, earning All-Region honors ... Also anchored 4x400m relay that was seventh at the NCAA Mideast Regional ... Runner-up in the 400m at the Big Ten Championships (46.80) ... Anchored 4x400m relay to second place at the Big Ten Championships (3:09.84) ... Also scored in the 200m at Big Ten's, placing sixth (21.59) ... Ran season-best 200m time of 21.47 in Big Ten prelims ... Won the 400m at the Illinois Twilight (46.61) ... Member of 4x400m relay that was fifth at the Drake Relays with season-best time of 3:07.82. Indoor: Set an NCAA record in the 500m at the New Balance Invitational with a time of 1:00.82 ... Won the 400m at the Big Ten Championships (47.23), his fourth career Big ten title ... Ran season-best 400m time of 47.07 in placing third at the Husker Invitational ... Was first in the 400m at the Big Ten/SEC Challenge ... Won the 600m at the Saluki Fast Start ... Led the 4x400m relay to titles at the SIU Fast Start and Carle/Health Alliance Invitational and a runner-up finish at the Husker Invitational ... Indoor season was cut short due to injury.

    2007 Track & Field
    Named Illinois Male Newcomer of the Year for all sports. Outdoor: Earned All-America accolades after placing fourth in the 400m at the NCAA Championships with a time of 45.51 ... Took sixth in the 400m at the NCAA Mideast Regional Championships ... Also competed in the 4x400m relay at the NCAA Mideast Regional ... Won Big Ten titles in the 400m (45.54) and 4x400m relay (3:07.32), also placing third in the 200m with a personal-best time of 21.11 ... Took first in the 400m special invitational race at the Drake Relays (46.24) ... Ran a personal-best 45.41 in the 400m at the Willie Williams Classic ... Won the 800m at the Illinois Invitational (1:52.82). Indoor: Named an All-American in the 400m, placing fifth at the NCAA Championships with a personal-best time of 46.14 that set a new Illinois school record ... Big Ten champion in the 600m, setting a personal-best and Illinois school-record time of 1:16.28 ... Member of 4x400m relay that took fourth at the Big Ten Championships ... Also ran on distance medley relay that took fifth at Big Ten's ... Won 400m titles at the Illinois Invitational and Meyo Invitational ... Led 4x400m relay to title at the Hoosier Hills Invitational ... Took second in the 400m at both the Iowa State Qualifier and Cyclone Classic ... Won the 600m at the Carle/Health Alliance Invitational (1:19.28) ... Won the 800m at the Hoosier Hills Invitational in a personal-best time of 1:53.38.

    At University of Botswana
    Placed first in the 400m and second in the 200m at the 2006 African University Games ... 2006 Commonwealth Games semifinalist in the 400m ... 2006 African Championships bronze medalist in the 4x400m.

    High School
    Namibian National Championships gold medalist in the 400m in 2005 ... Botswanan National Schools champion in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles, 800m, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay in 2004 ... Bronze medalist in the 400m at the 2003 African Junior Championships in Cameroon ... A 2002 Member of Botswanan 4x400m relay at the Junior World Championships in Jamaica.

    Personal
    Born Nov. 1, 1984 ... Full name is Gakologelwang Lesiba Masheto ... Goes by "Shoes" ... One of six children ... Played soccer for five years ... Majoring in kinesiology.

    Masheto's Personal Bests
    200m (Indoor): 21.74
    200m (Outdoor): 21.11
    400m (Indoor): 46.14
    400m (Outdoor): 45.41
    500m (Indoor): 1:00.82
    600m (Indoor): 1:16.28
    800m (Indoor): 1:53.38
    800m (Outdoor): 1:52.82

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