Jan. 21, 2012
NORMAN, Okla. – University of Oklahoma redshirt junior Tia Brooks threw an American-leading 60 feet, eight inches in the shot put to break numerous records on Saturday at the J.D. Martin Invitational. Brooks met the Olympic A standard in the win, in addition to throwing the top mark in the NCAA this year, third 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. Of the other 12 marks on the list, nine belong to another Brian Blutreich pupil, NCAA record holder Laura Gerraughty.
Brooks’ win was one of 10 for OU on the day. Kelsey Brown won her first collegiate 1,000-meter race, running 2 minutes, 52.62 seconds. The time is the eighth best in OU program history. Brown also took home top honors in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:14.40.
Newcomer Alisa Jenkins took top honors in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 8.68. Jenkins ran 8.75 in the prelims to qualify, a time that is the 10th best in program history. Claire McConnell was fifth in the event with an 8.89 after qualifying with a personal-best 8.88.
Four seniors took to the track for OU in the men’s and women’s 60-meter dashes. Sherine Wells won the women’s title in 7.46, while fellow senior Shelleyeka Rolle was ninth. Evan Pierson won the men’s event in a collegiate best 6.83, and Marcus Anderson was second with a personal-best 6.87. Redshirt freshman Ethan Baker was third (6.93), and freshman Michael Ervin was fifth (6.95).
Malcolm Anderson won the men’s 60-meter hurdles, crossing the line in 7.80. Nathaniel Winfrey (8.16) and Matt Wicks (8.32) were third and fourth, respectively.
OU had a pair of juniors tie for the women’s high jump title with Claire McConnell and Kristen Rice each clearing 5-06.00. The mark is a personal best for McConnell.
OU took the top three spots in the women’s pole vault with freshman Katie Adair winning with a jump of 12-07.50, the sixth-best mark in program history. Junior Jacy Bennett was second with a mark of 12-01.50, and freshman Morgan Nichols was third (11-07.75).
The Sooners swept the women’s weight throw with redshirt freshman Rylee Rackley winning with a personal-best throw of 57-00.25. The mark is the fourth best in program history. Senior Angel Togafau took second (56-05.75) and senior Bailey Wagner was third (55-6.50). Rackley took fourth in the shot put.
Sophomore Jake Huddleston took third in the men’s pole vault with a personal-best jump of 15-01.00. Newcomer Caleb Gagliardi cleared 14-07.25 in his first event as a Sooner to finish fifth in the event.
A pair of Sooners took top five finishes in the women’s long jump. Jenkins finished second with a personal-best jump of 17-10.75, while Whitney Johnson tied for fourth (17-08.75). Jenkins also recorded a top 10 finish in the shot put, claiming seventh.
In addition to Brooks’ finish in the women’s shot put, Rackley (fourth) and Jenkins (seventh) also finished in the top 10. Senior Conrad Aaron won his second consecutive J.D. Martin Invitational men’ shot put title with a throw of 55-05.75. Redshirt junior Holden Mitchell was fifth with a mark of 47-00.75 in his first collegiate indoor shot put action. Senior Luke Bryant and sophomore Seth Lewandowski also finished in the top 10 in the event.
OU had a trio of men competing in the high jump that was highlighted by sophomore Landon Sharp’s second-place finish (6-07.00). Senior Alex Madkins took fourth in his first time in the event, also clearing 6-07.00. Freshman Christian Johnson was sixth. Madkins also took second in the triple jump with a mark of 44-09.50.
All three OU runners finished in the top 10 of the women’s mile with Molly Ferguson taking fifth. Hilary Krein was sixth and Kelly Waters was ninth. Ross Larimer was sixth in the men’s 800-meter run. The women’s team took fifth in the 4x440-yard relay, while the men’s team of was seventh.
OU also had a quartet of runners competing at the Gladstein Invitational in Bloomington, Ind., on Saturday. All four runners had top five finishes with Brandon Doughty clocking a 1:53.41 to finish second in the 800-meter run. Taylor Wardall was just behind Doughty, coming in third at 1:53.85. Frezer Legesse was third in the men’s invitational 800-meter run (1:54.76). Daniel Mazar took third in the 600-meter run (1:19.57).
The Sooners are back in action next weekend at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark. Select OU athletes will also compete in Norman at the Oklahoma Christian Indoor Invitational.