May 31, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma redshirt junior Tia Brooks enters next week’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships as one of 10 student-athletes on the 2012 Bowerman Watch List, it was announced today 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 enters the 2012 outdoor championships with the best qualifying mark in the shot out, 60 feet, seven and one-quarter inch. She qualified for the NCAA on her first attempt at last weekend’s NCAA West preliminaries with a throw of 60-3.25.
Brooks recorded the best mark with an Oklahoma program record at the Drake Relays in April, a meet held on the same track that will host the NCAA. Brooks’ record-setting throw came on her final attempt at Drake. That mark met the Olympic A standard and helped Brooks defend the title she won at the 2011 Drake Relays.
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. She won her first Big 12 outdoor title in the event this past weekend.
During the indoor season, Brooks became the 36th Sooner to win a coveted NCAA track and field national championship on March 10 at the Jacksons Track in Nampa, Idaho. Brooks turned in the performance of a lifetime with a throw of 62-4 to win her first national title in the women's shot put.
She was runner-up in the indoor and outdoor shot put at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Brooks has four All-America honors to her credit and has earned six all-conference honors and holds the indoor and outdoor shot put program records at Oklahoma. She was the first Oklahoma female to be named to the watch list.
Brooks is one of 12 Sooner individuals and one relay that have qualified for the NCAA Championships June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.