April 18, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma senior discus thrower Luke Bryant (Clearwater, Kan.) has been named the Big 12 Male Athlete of the Week the conference office announced this afternoon. Bryant shares the honor with Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore.
Bryant is the second Sooner to be honored this year as Bill Kogel earned the honor last week. It marks the first time OU has had back-to-back Big 12 Male Athletes of the Week since Kevin Bookout and DaBryan Blanton on April 21 and April 27, 2003.
Bryant was the top collegiate finisher in both competitions he competed in last week, facing stout competition from several Olympic hopefuls. Bryant finished third in the USATF sanctioned Old Style Discus Classic on April 12 in Norman with a collegiate-best throw of 203 feet. The mark is the second best in program history as he’s only the second Sooner to eclipse the 200-feet mark in the event. India’s Vikas Gowda won that event, while Russ Winger of Asics finished second.
On April 14 at the John Jacobs Invitational, he finished fourth overall (202-4). Saturday’s competitors included Gowda, who won the event, Ian Waltz of the NYAC (second) and Winger who finished third.
The collegiate performance gives him the top throw in the NCAA and Big 12 this year. The USATF event mark is the 19th best in the world this year and fourth best by an American.
Bryant is back in action this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.