Feb. 2, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma redshirt junior Tia Brooks has been named to the 2012 Bowerman Watch List by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The award, track and field’s equivalent of the Heisman, is presented to the nation’s top track and field athlete over the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Brooks is a three-time All-American and the defending Big 12 indoor shot put champion. She was runner-up in the indoor and outdoor shot put at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Brooks has earned four all-conference honors and holds the indoor and outdoor shot put program records at Oklahoma. She is the first Oklahoma female to be named to the watch list.
Brooks threw an American-leading 60 feet, eight inches in the shot put to break numerous records on Jan. 21 at the J.D. Martin Invitational. Brooks met the NCAA automatic qualifying mark and the Olympic A standard in the win, in addition to throwing the top mark in the NCAA this year, sixth best mark in the world, setting an OU program record and breaking records for the Mosier Indoor Facility and J.D. Martin Invitational.
The mark makes Brooks the fifth-best performer in the event all-time in the NCAA and gives the Grand Rapids, Mich., native, the 13th best throw of all-time in the NCAA.
This past weekend at the Razorback Invitational, Brooks met the NCAA automatic qualifying mark for a second consecutive week, finishing second in the shot put with a throw of 57-10.25.