Thursday, April 11, 2013

Track and Field: OU's Tia Brooks Breaks Record in Outdoor Debut

Several Sooners were on hand in Tempe, Ariz., for the Sun Angel Classic hosted by Arizona State University. The meet was separated into two different competitions – ‘open’ and ‘premiere’ – with the premiere’ section of the competition, featuring numerous exceptional competitors,

Once again, the field saw several spectacular performances by the Sooners, including one victory and 11 top-five finishes.

Returning NCAA champion Tia Brooks opened her outdoor season in fashion breaking her own school record and throwing a career-best 61-05.50 (18.73m) to claim her 10th-straight shot put title of the 2013 season. With the throw, she leads all NCAA shot putters, and is the first to surpass the 60-foot barrier, leading the second-best performance in the country by nearly four full feet.

Holden Mitchell kick started the two-day event for Oklahoma with a personal best 192-11 (58.80m), fifth-place performance in the premiere hammer throw competition. The distance improves his standing in the record book, as he put together the third-best throw ever recorded by a Sooner. Freshman Austin Perry followed Mitchell in the open hammer throw competition, with a distance of 176-01 (53.67m) to finish fourth in the field.

Perry continued his success on the field with a personal-best performance in the premiere men’s shot put competition that saw him record a 59-11.25 (18.27m) throw for second place. Although the distance is the furthest of his career, the performance maintains Perry’s rank in the record book, with the third-best throw in program history.

In the women’s javelin competition a pair of freshmen – Avione Allgood and Elizabeth Herrs – combined to finish behind one another in the standings with throws of 162-06 (49.54m) to finish sixth and 154-10 (47.20m) to take seventh, respectively.

Following their lead, a pair of sprinters in freshman Cessily Jones and junior Erin Jones found success on the track in their respective ‘premiere’ races. Cessily Jones finished fifth in the 100-meter dash after she stopped the clock in 11.80, and followed with a 10th-place, 24.33 performance in the 200-meter dash. Erin Jones finished right behind Cessily in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.81 for sixth in the race, but bested the youngster in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.75 to finish fourth overall.

Junior Waymon Storey put together an impressive performance for the Sooners with runs in the 100-, 200- and 1,500-meter races, clocking personal-bests each time he stepped into the blocks. Storey began the day with a 10.51, fourth-place finish in the 100-meter, and followed with a 21.13 performance in the 200-meter premiere race to finish sixth overall.

Fellow sprinter Jeremy Rankin made his outdoor debut this weekend with a 10.62 finish for fifth in the 100-meter premiere race.

Also on the track were the hurdlers, where the duo of Tre’ Lathan and Matt Wicks took the second- and third-place spots, respectively, in the 110-meter high hurdles ‘premiere’ race. Lathan clocked in at 13.77 to take the runner-up finish, while Wicks crossed the line in a career-low 14.23 to finish third.

The men’s 4x400-meter relay closed the competition with a third-place finish after Jamel Wood, Ethan Baker, Waymon Storey and Nathaniel Winfrey combined to stop the clock in 3:09.46.

The Sooners will return to action next weekend in Fayetteville, Ark., for the John McDonnell Invitational, April 12-13.

Men’s Hammer Throw (Premiere)5. Holden Mitchell, Sr., 192-11.00/58.80m*

Men’s Hammer Throw4. Austin Perry, Fr., 176-01.00/53.67m

Women’s Shot Put (Premiere)1. Tia Brooks, Sr., 61-05.50/18.73m*!

Men’s Shot Put (Premiere)2. Austin Perry, Fr., 59-11.25/18.27m*
6. Conrad Aaron, Sr., 55-00.25/16.77m

Women’s Javelin Throw6. Avione Allgood, Fr., 162-06.00/49.54m
7. Elizabeth Herrs, Fr., 154-10.00/47.20

Men’s Javelin Throw6. Tyler Renton, Fr., 205-07.00/62.67

Women’s 100m Dash (Premiere)5. Cessily Jones, Fr., 11.80
6. Erin Jones, Jr., 11.81

Men’s 100m Dash (Premiere)5. Jeremy Rankin, Jr., 10.62

Men’s 100m Dash4. Waymon Storey, Jr., 10.51*

Women’s 200m Dash (Premiere)4. Erin Jones, Jr., 23.75*
10. Cessily Jones, Fr., 24.33

Men’s 200m Dash (Premiere)6. Waymon Storey, Jr., 21.13*
11. Nathaniel Winfrey, Sr., 21.64

Women’s 100m Hurdles9. Georgina Tamez-Reyna, Fr., 13.92*
17. Alisa Jenkins, Sr., 14.38

Men’s 110m Hurdles2. Tre’ Lathan, Sr., 13.77
3. Matt Wicks, Jr., 14.23*

Men’s 4x400m Relay3. Oklahoma (J. Wood, E. Baker, W. Storey, N. Winfrey), 3:09.46
*Indicates personal-best performance
!Indicates OU Program Record

/// SoonerSports PR
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