April 12, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - University of Oklahoma senior Brittany Borman was added to the The Bowerman Women's Watch List the award's committee announced on Thursday. Borman notched an American- and collegiate-leading throw in the javelin last weekend that also ranks among the collegiate all-time top ten. At the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State last weekend, Borman won the javelin with a collegiate-leading mark of 194 feet, 11 inches (59.42m) and leads the NCAA by more than 17 feet.
Borman, making her first career appearance on the watch, is one of three throwers to be in the list's group of 10. Borman joins teammate and fellow thrower Tia Brooks on the watch list.
Borman's mark is a new Oklahoma program record, besting Amy Backel's mark of 182-5 set in 2010. The senior unleashed the mark on her first attempt of the evening, which was also her first competition throw in the event this season. The mark also set a Sun Angel Stadium facility and meet record and is tied for the 15th best throw in the world this year. The mark ranks Borman sixth on the United States all-time outdoor list and ranks her seventh on the collegiate list. Amongst American collegiate women, Borman is fifth. The throw also meets the Olympic B standard for the event. The mark is the best in the nation and Big 12 this year. She was named the Big 12 Conference's Female Athlete of the Week on April 11.
Brooks has yet to compete during the outdoor season. She won the NCAA indoor shot put title with a fantastic series that included three throws over 60 feet and the best in round five that sailed to 62-4 (19.00m). The mark places Brooks second on the all-time collegiate indoor performers list and was the best throw by a collegian since 2004. Brooks also claimed the Big 12 title in the shot with a mark of 60-6.75 (18.46m).