May 12, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. -University of Oklahoma junior Tia Brooks won her first Big 12 outdoor shot put title Saturday afternoon, breaking the Big 12 meet and R.V. Christian Track records in the process. Brooks threw 59 feet, 9.50 inches on her second and final attempts to sweep the conference indoor and outdoor titles in the event.
"It was a pretty good series. [All of my throws] were for the most part over 18.00 meters, so I can't be too sad about that," Brooks said. "It was a good meet overall. [Winning a Big 12 title] means a lot to me. We have a really tough conference so to be able to win a conference championship is very exciting."
Brooks, the national leader in the event, is the third Sooner female to win a conference title in the event and second in the Big 12 era, joining Karen Shump (2010) and Cecil Hansen (1978, 1979, 1980, 1981). Brooks is the 10th Big 12 female to sweep the conference titles in the shot put, also joining Shump who accomplished the feat in 2010.
Alex Acker finished second in the women's pole vault, clearing 13-6.50. Jacy Bennett finished one spot out of scoring in ninth with a collegiate-best 12-6.75. The jump is the fourth best in program history in the event.
Bailey Wagner was eighth in the shot put with a mark of 51-0.25. Ti'Anca Mock finished third in the women's long jump with a wind-aided mark of 21-0.50 on her first attempt. Conrad Aaron threw a season's best 55-10.50 to finish ninth in the shot put, while Alex Madkins was sixth in the men's long jump (24-5.75).
Claire McConnell set collegiate bests in two of her final three events to finish eighth in the women's heptathlon. McConnell scored a collegiate best in the event, registering 5,214 points and also had bests in the long jump (18-5.25) and 800-meter run (2:16.28) to close out the second day of the event.
Tre Lathan ran the ninth fastest time in program history, running a season's best 13.83 seconds to qualify for Sunday's final in the men's 110-meter hurdles. Lathan's time was the fifth fastest during the preliminaries. Eric Cray won his heat of the men's 400-meter hurdles, finishing second overall with a time of 51.46 seconds.
OU sent two women to Sunday's 1,500-meter run final as Kelsey Brown finished fourth overall in 4:29.54 and Molly Ferguson was seventh in 4:27.29. The men's 1,500-meter run final will have a Bedlam feel as Oklahoma and Oklahoma State combined for seven of the eight spots in Sunday's final. Riley Masters ran the fastest qualifying time, crossing the line in 3: 44.03. Eric Harasyn followed in second (3:45.67) and Patrick Casey was fourth (3:46.11). Natalie Crain nabbed the final qualifying spot in the women's 800-meter run, finishing eighth in 2:08.62.
The final day of the 2012 Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships begins Sunday at 1 p.m. CT with field events. Track finals get underway at 3 p.m. CT and conclude with the men's 4x400-meter relay scheduled for 6:40 p.m. CT. Live results for the meet are available at SoonerSports.com.
Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships - Day Two Results
R.V. Christian Track Complex - Manhattan, Kan. - May 12, 2012
Women's 100m Dash (prelims): 12. Shawna Anderson, 11.65, 14. Sherine Wells, 11.70; Men's 100m Dash (prelims): 11. Evan Pierson, 11.59, 13. Marcus Anderson, 10.62; Women's 200m Dash (prelims): 12. Sherine Wells, 23.76, 15. Shawna Anderson, 24.40; Men's 200m Dash (prelims): 11. Evan Pierson, 21.32, 17. Marcus Anderson, 21.77; Women's 400m Dash (prelims): 10. Shelleyeka Rolle, 54.45; Men's 400m Dash (prelims): 9. Ethan Baker, 47.89, 10. Jamel Wood, 47.97; Women's 800m Run: 8. Natalie Crain, 2:08.62 (Q), 9. Shakeeri Cole, 2:09.23; Women's 1500m Run (prelims): 4. Kelsey Brown, 4:29.54(Q), 7. Molly Ferguson, 4:27.29(Q), 10. Hilary Krein, 4:31.89; Men's 1500m Run (prelims): 1. Riley Masters, 3:44.03(Q); 2. Eric Harasyn, 3:45.67(Q); 4. Patrick Casey, 3:46.11(Q); 15. Frezer Legesse, 3:49.64; Men's 110m Hurdles (prelims): 5. Tre Lathan, 13.83(Q), 11. Nathaniel Winfrey, 14.63, 12. Matt Wicks, 14.66; Men's 400m Hurdles: 2. Eric Cray, 51.46(Q); Women's Pole Vault: 2. Alex Acker, 13-6.50, 9. Jacy Bennett, 12-6.75; Women's Long Jump: 3. Ti'Anca Mock, 21-0.50(w); Men's Long Jump: 6. Alex Madkins, 24-5.75; Women's Shot Put: 1. Tia Brooks, 59-9.50 (Big 12 meet record, old record 59-7; Facility record, old record 58-9.50), 8. Bailey Wagner, 51-0.25; Men's Shot Put: 9. Conrad Aaron, 55-10.50; Women's Heptathlon: 8. Claire McConnell, 5214 (Long Jump: 18-5.25, Javelin Throw: 88-4, 800m: 2:16.28)