Saturday, June 9, 2012

OU Track and Field: Sooners Place 7th

DES MOINES, Iowa – The University of Oklahoma women’s track and field team scored 24 points at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships to finish seventh among 63 teams that scored. The finish marks the third consecutive year the Sooners have finished in the top nine, following a fourth-place finish in 2011 and ninth-place showing in 2010. The Sooners were among three Big 12 Conference schools in the top 10 as Texas A&M finished third and Kansas was fifth.

Oklahoma’s scoring was highlighted by 10 points each from Brittany Borman(javelin) and Tia Brooks (shot put) who won national titles in their respective events. Alex Acker finished fifth in the women’s pole vault to score four points. All three earned first team All-America honors.

Brooks entered the shot put finals with the semifinals' best mark and extended her lead on her fourth attempt with a throw of 60-feet, six inches. Brooks won the indoor national title in March and is the first Sooner to win an outdoor national title in the event.

Brooks bested a tough field of competitors, including runner-up Brittany Smith of Illinois State (58-4.75) and third-place finisher Jeneva McCall of Southern Illinois (57-11.75). It was her second time to win at Drake Stadium this year with a mark of 18.00-plus meters. Brooks set her Oklahoma program record mark of 60-7.25 (18.47) at the venue during the Drake Relays earlier this year.

Borman repeated as the javelin national champion on June 6. Borman’s mark of 184-7 was more than four feet better than the next competitor and came on her second attempt of the event. Borman is OU’s first student-athlete to win back-to-back outdoor national titles in any event.

Borman is the sixth female to win back-to-back national titles in the javelin, joining Oregon’s Rachel Yurkovich (2008, 2009), Air Force’s Dana Pounds (2005, 2006), SMU’s Windy Dean (1996, 1997, 1998), Rice’s Valerie Tulloch (1994, 1995) and Alabama’s Iris Gronfeldt (1984, 1985).

Acker made the most of her first career trip to the national meet, finishing fifth overall with an Oklahoma program record jump of 14-3.25. It was the first All-America honor for the Erie, Pa., native and marks the second consecutive year OU has had an All-American in the event. She is just the third All-American from OU in the women’s pole vault (Sarah Pappas, 2011 and Leslie Dunlap, 2002).

Acker passed at the opening height of 12-9.50 and cleared each of the next four increments on her first attempt. It took her three tries to match her previous program best of 14-1.25 and just two attempts to set the new program mark.

All six of the men’s points came from Luke Bryant’s third-place finish in the men’s discus throw on June 6. Bryant closed out his career with his highest finish ever at the NCAA Championship and earned his first All-America honor with a mark of 199-11.

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