March 12, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – Eight University of Oklahoma track and field student-athletes have earned All-America honors from the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, the organization announced today. Women’s shot put national champion Tia Brooks and the men’s distance medley relay team of Eric Harasyn, Frezer Legesse, Riley Masters and Jamel Wood earned first team honors, while Malcolm Anderson, George Alex, Harasyn and Karen Shump were named to the second team in individual events.
Brooks became the 36th Sooner to win an NCAA track and field national championship as she turned in a throw of 62 feet, four inches to win her first national title in the women's shot put.
The mark extended Brooks' program record in the event and is only the second NCAA female to throw 19 meters or better in the event. The mark makes Brooks the second-best performer all-time in the event and the throw is the third best all-time. It ranks as the best throw in the event since 2004 and was just six inches shy of the collegiate and NCAA meet record of 62-10. The throw is also a Jacksons Track record, shattering the previous record of 59-8.25 set in 2006. Brooks ranks ninth on the all-time indoor list amongst American women in the event and the mark is the ninth best in the world this year.
She is the fifth indoor national champion for Oklahoma and the first in the shot put since Cecil Hansen accomplished the feat in 1979.
Shump finished 10th in the shot put with a throw of 53-4.25. Alex took 12th in the men's 3,000-meter final, crossing the line in eight minutes, 00.86 seconds.
The men’s distance medley relay team finished sixth in the event finals as Harasyn, Wood, Legesse and Masters combined to cross the line in 9:36.90 seconds, the fourth fastest time in program history. Harasyn finished one spot out of a qualifying place in the men’s mile preliminaries. He took 11th overall, running 4:07.46.
Anderson closed out his Oklahoma career with an NCAA-indoor meet best ninth-place finish in the men’s 60-meter hurdles preliminaries. Anderson ran 7.76 seconds to finish sixth in the first heat. He was one spot from qualifying for Saturday evening’s final.
The honors give Oklahoma’s combined programs 385 first team All-Americans, 232 men and 153 women. The Sooners have produced 98 All-Americans in track and field and cross country under head coach Martin Smith and 53 over the last three seasons.
2012 University of Oklahoma USTFCCCA Indoor All-Americans
Tia Brooks, Women’s Shot Put
Eric Harasyn, Men’s Distance Medley Relay
Frezer Legesse, Men’s Distance Medley Relay
Riley Masters, Men’s Distance Medley Relay
Jamel Wood, Men’s Distance Medley Relay
Malcolm Anderson, Men’s 60-Meter Hurdles
George Alex, Men’s 3,000-Meter Run
Eric Harasyn, Men’s Mile
Karen Shump, Women’s Shot Put