Otukile Lekote
Otukile Lekote

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ramotswa, Botswana

High School:
Kagiso Secondary

Height:
5-10

Event:
Middle Distance

Experience:
2L

Major:
Biology


2002 CO-CAPTAIN

NATIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

2002 OUTDOOR REGION ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

BRONZE MEDALIST - WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER

4-TIME NCAA CHAMPION

7-TIME ALL-AMERICAN

5-TIME SEC CHAMPION OUTLOOK ? Had a great season last year - one of the best in the NCAA ... Look for him to continue those results and to continue to improve both on the national and international level ... Should make the finals at the World Championships and continue to compete strongly ... Indoors, he will be one of the major athletes on the relays, either running the 4x400m relay or the DMR ... Great athlete, who works very hard and is ahead of last year at this time ... Superior student who received a 4.0 GPA in the Spring 2002 ... Superb leader.

SOPHOMORE ? Named the National Men?s Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... During Indoor season, won the 800m run at the UNC Early Invitational, the Virginia Tech Invitational and the Five Way SEC Meet ... SEC Champion in the 800m run ... NCAA Champion in the 800m run ... Ran on USC?s 4x400m relay that finished third at the NCAA Indoor meet, clocking a school-record 3:05.90 ... Outdoors, won the 800m run at the Four Way SEC Meet ... Was second in the 800m at the Gatorade Invitational but came back the next week and ran away with the 800m at the Sea Ray Relays ... Anchored the winning Sprint Medley Relay at Penn Relays - combining with Jonathan Fortenberry, Thomas Lewis and James Law to win the race with a time of 3:16.25 - the fastest time in the USA in 2002 ... Set the SEC Outdoor meet record to win the 800m at 1:45.27 ... Was a member of USC?s winning 4x400m relay, breaking a nine-year old SEC record at 3:02.81 ... Was NCAA Champion in the 800m run, clocking a season-best time of 1:45.17 ... Named the Outdoor Region Athlete of the Year .... Was member of 4x400m relay team that won at the NCAA title, shattering the school record at 3:02.16 ... Won a number of races on the CAN-AM circuit, running in the Northeast USA and Canada ... Went on to finish fourth at the Commonwealth Games in the 800m and also ran a leg of his country?s 4x400m relay ... Competed in the African Games in the 800m and with the 4x400m relay.

FRESHMAN ? Indoors, at the SEC Quad meet he won the 800m with a time of 1:51.10 and also finished first in the mile at 4:15.04, earning himself the second position on the USC Indoor Honor Roll ... Recorded top three finishes in all of his events ... Won the 800m at the SEC Championships with a then-school record time of 1:46.78 ... At the NCAA Championships, he ran a personal best 1:46.13 to finish third, breaking the school record ... Ran the second leg of the 4x400m relay that finished third garnering his second All-American honors of the Championship ... Outdoors, finished first in 800m run at both SEC Quad and Duke Invitational with times of 1.46.13 and 1.44.76, respectively ... At UTEP, came in second in 400m dash with a time of 46.01, setting a personal best and a Botswana national record ... Placed first at SEC Championships in 800m run at 1.45.36 ... Won the NCAA title in the 800m in Eugene ... Also ran a leg of the 4x400m relay ... In July ran a 1:44.47 to win the 800m at the McGill Distance Festival in Montreal to break countryman Glody DuBe?s national record (1:44.59) ... Advanced to the World Championships in the 800m, representing Botswana ... Ran on Botswana?s 4x400m relay that set a national record in the 4x400m relay running a 3:03.22 at the World Championships ... In China, at the World University Games, won a bronze medal, running a time of 1:45.63.

HIGH SCHOOL ? Attended Kagiso Secondary School ... Coached by B.M. Kgabanyane ... Lettered in track for five years ... Captain of the National Junior Track team ... Named Best Junior Athlete in 400m ... Member of 4x400m National Relay Team of the Year.

PERSONAL ? Biology major ... Chose USC because of the Track and Field program ... Nickname is O.T. ... Son of Modiriemang Lekote ... Born on Oct. 19, 1978, in Ramotswa, Botswana.

LEKOTE'S TOP TIMES

400m..........46.01
800m......1:44.47