Track Alumnus Headed to 2016 Olympics in Rio

Morolake Akinosun celebrates after her gold medal run in the 4×100-meter relays at the PanAm Games in 2015.

Waubonsie Valley High School will be represented at the 2016 Olympics, courtesy of University of Texas track star Morolake Akinosun. She was selected as part of a 6-woman team that will prepare for the 400-meter relay.

Akinosun had failed to qualify at the U.S. Olympic Trials last week, having finished fourth in the 200-meter semifinals and fourth in the 100-meter finals.

Morolake Akinosun celebrates with her teammates after her gold medal run in the 4×100-meter relays at the PanAm Games in 2015.

Akinosun, a 2012 graduate, still holds five Waubonsie Valley school records in the 400-meter relay (2010), 800-meter relay (2009), 1600-meter relay (2009), 200-meter (2012) and the 100-meter in 2012, which is also an IHSA State record.

At the University of Texas, Akinosun was a 13-time Big 12 champion and also holds the NCAA record in the 400-meter relay in 2014. She is also one of two women in NCAA history to place in four events at the NCAA Outdoor meet in back-to-back years, joining only Jackie Joyner-Kersee. In addition, Akinosun had previously won a gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto in the 100-meter relay.

Akinosun is one of two Indian Prairie School District athletes competing in the Olympics, Earlier this summer, Neuqua Valley graduate Kevin Cordes qualified for swimming in the 100-meter- and 200-meter-breaststroke.

The 2016 Olympics take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5-21. Events can be seen on NBC, NBC Sports Network and the Rio 2016 app.