April 23, 2011
WACO, Texas — Tia Brooks shattered the Oklahoma program record in the women’s shot put to lead a group of OU athletes Saturday at the Michael Johnson Classic. Brooks won the event and was one of six Sooners to win Saturday as Brittany Borman (javelin), Ti’Anca Mock (long jump), Candyce McGrone (100-meter dash), Shawna Anderson (200-meter dash) along with the women’s 4x100-meter relay all earned wins on the day.
A sophomore, Brooks unleashed a winning throw of 57-9.00 (17.60) on her second attempt to top the previous record of 57-2.25 (17.43) set by classmate Karen Shump in 2010. Brooks led the event from wire-to-wire as the throw is the third best in the nation this season and leads the Big 12 Conference. The Grand Rapids, Mich., won the event with ease as she topped Baylor’s Skylar White by over two feet. The school record is the second in as many weeks for the Oklahoma program after Alexandra Acker broke the pole vault record at last week’s John Jacobs Invitational.
The nation’s top-ranked athlete in the women’s long jump, Ti’Anca Mock returned to action in the event Saturday and claimed her first individual win of the season with a top jump of 21-1.25 (6.43). It was an Oklahoma sweep for the top two spots as Mock topped teammate Jasmine Simmons who was second with a personal-best jump of 20-10.75 (6.37).
Mock’s wind-aided performance Saturday is the second-best jump in the nation this season and leads the Big 12 Conference while Simmons wind-aided mark is the 10th best in the nation and fourth in the Big 12. Simmons actually led the event throughout the first five rounds before Mock overcame her teammate to win the event on her sixth and final attempt.
Brittany Borman won her second javelin title of the season Saturday with a season-best throw of 171-7 (52.29). The throw is a nine-inch improvement on her previous season mark and is the fifth best nationally for the junior who leads the Big 12 in the event. Borman led the event wire-to-wire as her throw topped the second-place throw by over nine feet.
Borman returned to the throws area a short time later to compete in the discus where she used a throw of 174-7 (53.22) to claim second. Borman led the event through the first five rounds before Baylor’s Skylar White jumped the junior with a throw of 178-3 (54.34) on her sixth and final attempt.
The quartet of Sherine Wells, Shawna Anderson, Simmons and Candyce McGrone teamed up to win the women’s 4x100-meter relay with a season-best time of 44.09, the sixth-best performance in Oklahoma history. The foursome’s time is the third-fastest by a Big 12 team this season as the relay entered the weekend ranked No. 16 nationally and defeated No. 14 Baylor (44.12) and No. 19 TCU (44.43) while No. 1 Texas A&M did not finish after missing the first exchange of the baton.
McGrone returned to the track just under two hours later to claim her second title of the day, clocking a PR of 11.22 to win the 100-meter dash and come dangerously close to breaking the Oklahoma program record of 11.21. McGrone easily bested her previous PR of 11.44 en route to winning the event by seven-hundredths of a second. The win is McGrone’s second of the season in the event. OU accounted for two of the top three finishers in the event as Anderson also reeled off a personal best by finishing third with a time of 11.31.
Shakeeri Cole finished second overall and first among collegiate athletes in the open 400-meter dash with a season-best time of 54.48. The junior ran just behind the winning time of 53.75 clocked by former South Carolina All-American Brandi Cross.
Cole then returned to the track later in the night to place her name upon the Oklahoma peformance list in the 800-meter run with the 10th fastest time in program history. The junior used a time of 2:08.66 to finish second in the event behind a stadium record of 2:02.11 run by South Plains’ Natoya Goule. Cole time is the fastest by an OU 800-meter runner this season.
Oklahoma Final Results:
Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles: 8. Nathaniel Winfrey 55.20
Men’s High Jump: 10. Landon Sharp 6-4.75 (1.95)
Men’s Shot Put: 7. Conrad Aaron 56-6.75 (17.24)
Men’s Discus: 3. Luke Bryant 180-1 (54.89); 5. K.P. Singh 176-5 (53.77)
Men’s Hammer Throw: 7. Holden Mitchell 173-0 (52.74)
Women’s Invitational 100-Meter Dash: 1. Candyce McGrone 11.22; 3. Shawna Anderson 11.31
Women’s Open 100-Meter Dash: 35. Latoya Greaves 12.76
Women’s Invitational 200-Meter Dash: 5. Candyce McGrone 23.34
Women’s Open 200-Meter Dash: 1. Shawna Anderson 23.86; 45. Claire McConnell 25.96;
Women’s 400-Meter Dash: 2. Shakeeri Cole 54.48; 6. Shelleyeka Rolle 55.17
Women’s 800-Meter Run: 2. Shakeeri Cole 2:08.66
Women’s Invitational 100-Meter Hurdles: 5. Jesica Ejesieme 13.87; 6. Latoya Greaves 13.93
Women’s Open 100-Meter Hurdles: 13. Claire McConnell 15.06
Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles: 6. Jesica Ejesieme 1:01.21; 9. Shelleyeka Rolle 1:01.81
Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay: 1. Sherine Wells, Shawna Anderson, Jasmine Simmons, Candyce McGrone 44.09
Women’s High Jump: 8. Kristen Rice 5-7.00 (1.70); 11. Chenale Smith 5-7.00 (1.70)
Women’s Long Jump: 1. Ti’Anca Mock 21-1.25 (6.43); 2. Jasmine Simmons 20-10.75 (6.37); 13. Kristen Carson 18-9.00 (5.71); 19. Claire McConnell 17-10.25 (5.44)
Women’s Shot Put: 1. Tia Brooks 57-9.00 (17.60); 11. Bailey Wagner 47-6.25 (14.48)
Women’s Discus: 2. Brittany Borman 174-7 (53.22); 4. Bailey Wagner 159-9 (48.69); 5. Kelsey Poljansek 158-6 (48.31); 9. Lauren Guerrieri 154-4 (47.05)
Women’s Hammer Throw: 6. Angel Togafau 140-9 (42.91)
Women’s Javelin Throw: 1. Brittany Borman 171-7 (52.29)’