NAMPA, Idaho -- University of Oklahoma redshirt junior Tia Brooks became the 36th Sooner to win a coveted NCAA track and field national championship on Saturday evening at the Jacksons Track. Brooks turned in the performance of a lifetime with a throw of 62 feet, four inches to win her first national title in the women's shot put.
The mark extends Brooks' program record in the event, and along with former Brian Blutreich pupil Laura Gerraughty, becomes only the second NCAA female to throw 62 feet 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 Gerraughty's 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 by Kristin Heaston 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.
Brooks is the fifth indoor national champion for Oklahoma and the first in the shot put since Cecil Hansen accomplished the feat in 1979. The win gives Oklahoma a national champion in each of the last three years.
Redshirt junior Karen Shump finished 10th in the event with a throw of 53-4.25. George Alex took 12th in the men's 3,000-meter final, crossing the line in eight minutes, 00.86 seconds. The finish matches Alex's place from a year ago.
2012 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships - Day Two Results
Jacksons Track - Nampa, Idaho - March 10, 2012
Men's 3000m Run: 12. George Alex, 8:00.86; Women's Shot Put: 1. Tia Brooks, 62-4, 10. Karen Shump, 53-4.25