June 22, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. - Tia Brooks and Kaelan Washington will represent the Oklahoma track & field team internationally after their performances at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in Des Moines, Iowa.
Competing in her first meet since finishing her career as a Sooner with a national championship in the shot put, Brooks added to her long list of accomplishments by finishing second in the senior women's shot put with a throw of 61-9.5 (18.83m) on Saturday. Finishing first was Michelle Carter who set a new American record at the meet at a distance of 66-4.75 (20.24m).
With the top-two finish, Brooks will join Carter and the rest of Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia, August 10-18. Former Sooner Brittany Borman will also represent the United States in Moscow with a first-place finish in the javelin on Thursday.
In the men's junior competition, Washington, who just completed his freshman year at OU this past season, earned the right to compete in the Pan Am Junior Athletics Championships in Medellin, Colombia, Aug. 23-25. Washington finished sixth in the long jump Friday with a best jump of 22-5 (6.83m). However, Washington earned a spot on the Pan-Am team due to the fact that he was only one of two competing athletes at the Championships that had hit the required standard of 7.55m sometime this year, doing so with a leap of 7.63m at the Big 12 Championships.
Complete results from this weekend's competition can be found at the USA Track & Field website.