Friday, March 15, 2013

Track and Field: Tia Brooks Remains on Bowerman Watch List

University of Oklahoma redshirt senior Tia Brooks is one of 10 student-athletes on the 2013 Bowerman Watch List, following the conclusion of the indoor collegiate season, it was announced Thursday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The award, track and field’s equivalent of the Heisman, is presented to the nation’s top track and field athlete over the indoor and outdoor seasons.

With the outdoor season about to begin, Brooks has already made quite an impression in 2013.

Just last week, she broke the collegiate shot put record with a mark of 63-0.75 en route to win her second consecutive NCAA indoor shot put title, and third-straight NCAA championship after claiming the crown in the outdoor shot put in 2012. Additionally, her throw marked the first time in collegiate history that a woman has surpassed the 63-foot barrier, which ranks fourth all-time among American women and currently sits fifth in the world for 2013.

Her performance in Fayetteville for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships bested North Carolina’s Laura Gerraughty’s record of 62-10.00 (19.15m) set in 2004. Brooks also added another mark of 62-2½ (18.96m) at the NCAA meet, to own three of the five best throws in collegiate history and has posted the top 16 collegiate throws of 2013. Currently she leads the nation by more than three feet in the event.

To date, she has won 11 of 12 shot put events dating back to the 2012 indoor season, including 10 consecutive victories. The Grand Rapids, Mich., native claimed the 2013 Big 12 title in the shot put with a winning mark of 60-9¼ (18.52m), but each of her four legal throws would have won the event.

Brooks’ kick started the 2013 season with the first collegiate throw farther than 60 feet, and remains the only collegiate woman to surpass the mark to date. The distance was both a J.D. Martin Invitational and Mosier track record.

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