Freshman Morolake Akinosun was tabbed Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week, the first of her career.
April 3, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois women's track and field freshman Morolake Akinosunwas named Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week after her 100m performance at last weekend's Texas Relays, announced the conference office today.
"The Big Ten honoring Morolake for her efforts and accomplishments at the Texas Relays this past weekend is huge," head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said. "A freshman getting a Big Ten weekly recognition doesn't come along very often. She competed so well and held her own amongst the best in the NCAA and I'm so happy for her that she can see the immediate rewards. She has a bright future and we are so proud that one of our own high school standout's is continuing to shine here at Illinois."
Akinosun placed sixth in the 100m with a personal best time of 11.29. The time is the second fastest in school history and is the first time an Illini sprinter has been in the top two in the event since 1998. Akinosun's mark also ranks sixth-best in the nation and leads the conference. She also helped the Illini to top-five finishes in the 4x100m relay (44.58) and 4x400m relay (3:31.63). The 4x4 mark is a season best and ranks third fastest in the Illinois record books.
This is the first time Akinosun has been named Big Ten Outdoor Track Athlete of the week in her career. This marks the second straight week an Illini has won the award, as sophomore Ashley Spencerwas honored last week on March, 27.
Akinosun and the rest of the Fighting Illini will head to Tempe, Ariz., this weekend to compete in the Sun Angel Classic on Saturday, April 6.