May 2, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma redshirt junior Tia Brooks has been named the Big 12 Conference Female Track and Field Athlete of the Week. This marks the first outdoor honor of Brooks’ career. She is the second Sooner female to earn the award this season (Brittany Borman, April 11).
Brooks won the shot put at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, extending her program record to 60 feet, seven and a quarter inches on her final attempt. The mark set a Drake Relays record and is the best in the NCAA and Big 12 this year. She meets the Olympic A standard with the throw and defended her 2011 title at the meet.
The mark is the second best by an American this year and ninth best throw in the world. It’s the 10th best throw ever by a collegian and Brooks ranks sixth on the NCAA all-time list in the event with the mark.