Last Monday, one day after finishing seventh in the U.S. track and field championships, Rakieem “Mookie” Mustafa Allah Salaam announced his decision to forgo his senior year at Oklahoma after signing a professional contract with Adidas. The Edmond native is just one semester from completing his degree in multidisciplinary studies. He has his sights set on competing in the 2012 Olympic Games.
“That’s a huge goal for me this year, making the Olympic team,” Salaam said. “If not, making the Olympic relay pool would be something I’d be very happy with.” The ex-Sooner holds four OU indoor and outdoor track records including the 60-meter dash (6.54), 100-meter dash (9.97), indoor 200-meter dash (20.39) and outdoor 200-meter dash (20.05). Salaam is coming off outstanding junior indoor and outdoor seasons in which he won the indoor 200-meter championship. He is a two-time Big 12 conference champion and seven-time NCAA All-American, as well as the 2011 Big 12 indoor and outdoor Performer of the Year.