Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Tia Brooks Named The Bowerman Semifinalist

University of Oklahoma senior Tia Brooks has been named a The Bowerman Award semifinalist for the second-straight season, The Bowerman Watch List Committee announced Tuesday.

The 2012 Olympian is one of 10 nominees for the award, which is presented annually by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. Brooks was also a semifinalist for the award in 2012.

The Grand Rapids, Mich., native is coming off another historic season for the Sooners in 2013. Currently No. 7 in the world in the shot put, Brooks won both the indoor and outdoor NCAA shot put championships this season and has won 14 consecutive shot put finals overall. Brooks won the outdoor title with a winning throw of 62-0.5 (18.91m), giving her the win by nearly 2.5 feet, though she could have won win any of her four legal throws. She has recorded three throws within four inches of the outdoor collegiate record and owns five of the 10 best in-season collegiate throws all-time.

At the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship, Brooks shattered the indoor collegiate shot put record with a mark of 63-0.75 en route to win her second consecutive NCAA indoor shot put title. 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. In all-time collegiate indoor competition, Brooks owns three of the five best throws ever.

A four-time national champion and seven-time All-American overall, Brooks is slated to compete in the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday for the right to represent Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, August 10-18.

The finalists for The Bowerman will be announced July 10.

/// SoonerSports PR
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