May 10, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – The University of Oklahoma track and field teams compete at the 2012 Big 12 Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships this weekend, May 11-13, at the R.V. Christian Track Complex in Manhattan, Kan. Action begins with the women’s javelin final Friday morning at 11 a.m. and concludes Sunday with the men’s 4x400-meter relay at 6:40 p.m. CT. A link to the schedule and live results can be found below.
Oklahoma has won the Big 12 Outdoor Championship once since the first Championship in 1997 (men, 2007). OU has had 22 men win individual conference titles in that same span, while 10 women have won their respective events. Jessica Engel (10,000-meters) and Brittany Borman (javelin, discus) were winners last year, while Borman also won the discus title in 2010. Ti’Anca Mock won the 2009 long jump title.
The women’s team moved up two spots to No. 13 in the latest rankings released Tuesday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The men’s team maintained its No. 20 ranking nationally and No. 2 ranking in the Midwest region. OU’s women also held at No. 5 in the Midwest region.
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.
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 25th 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. Borman is also seventh in the discus with her best mark of 183-0 coming on April 14 at the John Jacobs Invitational.
Alex Acker moved into the top 10 nationally in the pole vault with her performance on May 4. Acker took third over at the Arkansas Twilight, extending her program record to 14-1.25. The mark is tied for the seventh best in the nation this year. Mock is seventh in the women’s long jump with a season’s best wind-aided mark of 21-6 on March 28 at the Texas Relays.
Bill Kogel made history at the Stanford Invitational on April 6 with his sixth-place finish in the men’s 10,000-meter run. Kogel ran a collegiate-best 28 minutes, 39.54 seconds to set a new Oklahoma program record in the event. Kogel’s time is the ninth best in the nation this year. George Alex lowered his program record in the men’s 5,000-meter run to 13:35.27, the 10th fastest time in the nation this year.
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.
Oklahoma student-athletes have set three new program records this outdoor season -- three men and three women. OU has won a total of 13 men’s individual titles and 21 women’s individual titles this year.