Brooks Named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week

Posted by Gilbert Sam on 6:30 PM
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Olympian Tia Brooks of Oklahoma has been named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week after she claimed the women's shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships in a collegiate record of 19.22m/63-0.75 last Saturday at the Randal Tyson Track Complex in Fayetteville, Ark.

The announcement marks the first USA Track & Field Weekly honor for Brooks.

Brooks is the first woman in NCAA history to ever surpass the 63-foot barrier, and recorded the best throw in the shot put since North Carolina's Laura Gerraughty threw 62-10.0 (19.15m) in 2004. Additionally, she surpasses her own program-record of 62-4.00 (19.00m) set at last year's NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships.

With the record-setting throw, Brooks defended her title in the event, and claimed her third-straight NCAA crown in the shot put after she won the competition at both the indoor and outdoor championship meet in 2012. She also becomes the No. 5 U.S. indoor shot putter of all time, and currently ranks No. 4 on the 2013 world list.

Following her performance in Arkansas, Brooks became the first Oklahoma woman to win two indoor NCAA titles, and the first Sooner in track and field history - men or women - to claim three individual NCAA titles to their name throughout both the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons. Additionally, it marked the sixth All-American honor for the Grand Rapids, Mich., native during her career in the Crimson and Cream.

Now in its 12th year, USATF's Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.