March 15, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma redshirt junior Tia Brooks has been named to the 2012 Bowerman Watch List 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.
Brooks became the 36th Sooner to win a coveted NCAA track and field national championship on March 10 at the Jacksons Track in Nampa, Idaho. Brooks turned in the performance of a lifetime with a throw of 62 feet, four inches to win her first national title in the women's shot put.
She was runner-up in the indoor and outdoor shot put at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Brooks has earned four all-conference honors and holds the indoor and outdoor shot put program records at Oklahoma. She is the first Oklahoma female to be named to the watch list.
The mark extends Brooks' program record in the event, and along with former Brian Blutreich pupil Laura Gerraughty, becomes only the second NCAA female to throw 62 feet or better in the event. The mark makes Brooks the second-best performer all-time in the event and the throw is the third best all-time. It ranks as the best throw in the event since 2004 and was just six inches shy of Gerraughty's collegiate and NCAA meet record of 62-10. The throw is also a Jacksons Track record, shattering the previous record of 59-8.25 set by Kristin Heaston in 2006. Brooks ranks ninth on the all-time indoor list amongst American women in the event and the mark is the ninth best in the world this year.
Brooks is the fifth indoor national champion for Oklahoma and the first in the shot put since Cecil Hansen accomplished the feat in 1979.