May 21, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – The University of Oklahoma men’s and women’s track and field teams maintained top 25 rankings in the latest rankings released Monday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. OU’s women are No. 16, while OU’s men are No. 22 nationally entering this weekend’s NCAA West Preliminary in Austin. The computer rankings were based on entries into each of the two national preliminary sites.
The Sooners have 30 athletes scheduled to compete in the NCAA Championship qualifier this weekend. Among those competing are three athletes with the top marks in the nation in their respective events.
Tia Brooks extended her program record in the women's shot put on April 25 with the best mark in the nation this year. Brooks won the event at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, lengthening her record to 60 feet, seven and a quarter inches on her final attempt. The mark set a Drake Relays record. She met the Olympic A standard with the throw and defended her 2011 title at the meet.
The mark is the third best by an American this year and 11th best throw in the world. It’s the 10th best throw ever by a collegian and she ranks sixth on the NCAA all-time list in the event with the mark.
Brittany Borman overtook the No. 1 spot in the javelin after her win in the women's javelin throw at the Sun Angel Classic on April 5. Borman's mark of 194-11 is an Oklahoma program record. The NCAA-leading throw set a Sun Angel Stadium facility and meet record. The throw is the second best by an American this year and ranks 26th on the world list 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.
Luke Bryant took over the top spot in the men's discus throw with a collegiate best throw of 202-4 on April 14 at the John Jacobs Invitational. All three individuals won the Big 12 title in their events.
Others scheduled to compete for OU on the women’s side include Bailey Wagner (shot put, discus), Lauren Guerrieri (discus), Alex Acker (pole vault), Kristen Rice (high jump), Whitney Johnson (triple jump), Ti’Anca Mock (long jump), Kelsey Brown (1500), Molly Ferguson (1500), Shawna Anderson (100), Sherine Wells (100, 200), Shakeeri Cole (800) and Natalie Crain (800).
Men’s competitors for the Sooners include Alex Madkins (long jump), Holden Mitchell (hammer), Tre Lathan (110 hurdles), Wayne Walls (triple jump), Jamel Wood (400), Evan Pierson (100), Eric Cray (400 hurdles), Patrick Casey (1500), Eric Harasyn (1500), Riley Masters (1500), George Alex (5000), Kevin Williams (5000), Bill Kogel (10000), Ryan Poland (1000) and Aaron Sherf (10000).