March 2, 2011
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma junior sprinter Mookie Salaam has been named the Big 12 Men’s Indoor Track and Field Outstanding Performer of the Year the conference announced Wednesday. The honor, voted on by the Big 12 Track and Field coaches, comes four days after the Edmond, Okla., native swept the Big 12 titles in the 60- and 200-meter dash. Salaam is currently the nation’s No. 1 sprinter in the 60-meter dash and No. 8 in the 200-meter dash.
Already Oklahoma’s first Big 12 high-point scorer at last weekend’s Big 12 Indoor Championships, Salaam becomes the program’s first ever Big 12 Performer of the Year. Salaam accumulated 21.25 points after collecting 10 points in each of the short sprints and 1.25 as the third leg of the 4x400-meter relay that finished fourth at the event.
Salaam will run on the 4x4 relay again this weekend at the NCAA Last Chance Qualifier in Ames, Iowa, as the relay attempts to position itself for inclusion at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The relay enters the weekend ranked ninth nationally.
Following this weekend, Salaam will turn his full focus to the chase for NCAA titles at the next weekend’s NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas.