June 6, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa – University of Oklahoma senior Brittany Borman repeated as the javelin national champion on Wednesday afternoon at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Borman’s mark of 184 feet, seven inches was more than four feet better than the next competitor and came on her second attempt of the event. Borman is OU’s first student-athlete to win back-to-back outdoor national titles in any event.
"It felt good,” Borman said of her winning throw. “I didn't know if it would hold, honestly, there's a lot of really good girls out there, good competition. I’ve been surrounded by a great team, great coaches, so I felt like they really prepared me for it. It's just great to be a part of such a good team."
Borman is the sixth female to win back-to-back national titles in the javelin, joining Oregon’s Rachel Yurkovich (2008, 2009), Air Force’s Dana Pounds (2005, 2006), SMU’s Windy Dean (1996, 1997, 1998), Rice’s Valerie Tulloch (1994, 1995) and Alabama’s Iris Gronfeldt (1984, 1985).
After her win in the event last season, she is the first Sooner to win a national championship in the javelin and the third Big 12 Conference student-athlete to win an NCAA title in the event. Borman finished 13th in the discus throw (172-2), which immediately followed the javelin competition.
Luke Bryant closed out his stellar senior season with his highest finish ever at the NCAA Championship. Bryant earned his first All-America honor by finishing third in the men’s discus throw with a mark of 199-11. Bryant entered the three-attempt final with the semifinal’s top mark of 195-3, which came on his first attempt. His best attempt came on his fourth attempt.
Alex Acker closed out her career with the performance of a lifetime in the women’s pole vault. Acker reached the national meet after nabbing the final qualifying spot in the west in an eight-attempt jump-off. Acker made the most of her first career trip to the national meet, finishing fifth overall with an Oklahoma program record jump of 14-3.25.
It was the first All-America honor for the Erie, Pa., native and marks the second consecutive year OU has had an All-American in the event. She is just the third All-American from OU in the women’s pole vault (Sarah Pappas, 2011 and Leslie Dunlap, 2002).
Acker passed at the opening height of 12-9.50 and cleared each of the next four increments on her first attempt. It took her three tries to match her previous program best of 14-1.25 and just two attempts to set the new program mark.
The men’s 4x100-meter relay team of Marcus Anderson, Eric Cray, Evan Pierson and Jamel Wood ran the eighth-fastest time in program history with a time of 39.48 seconds. The Sooners finished two spots out of qualifying for the Saturday final, taking 10th overall and finished fourth in the first heat.
Shakeeri Cole closed out her career in the women’s 800-meter semifinals, while Wood also ran in the men’s 400-meter dash semifinal but did not advance. Cray just missed qualifying for the men’s 400-meter hurdles final.
Borman’s win gives Oklahoma track and field 37 individual national champions. Thursday action at Drake Stadium gets underway for the Sooners at 5:30 p.m. CT with Ti’Anca Mock in the women’s long jump. Patrick Casey and Eric Harasyn run the men’s 1,500-meter run semifinal at 6:15 p.m. CT, while Tre Lathan is in the men’s 110-meter hurdles semifinal at 6:50 p.m. CT. Live video of the meet is available at ESPN3.com. A link to live results is available at SoonerSports.com.
NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships – Day One Results
Drake Stadium – Des Moines, Iowa – June 6, 2012
Men’s 400m Dash (semifinal): 24. Jamel Wood, 47.56; Women’s 800m Run (semifinal): 19. Shakeeri Cole, 2:06.67; Men’s 400m Hurdles (semifinal): 11. Eric Cray, 50.66; Men’s 4x100m Relay (semifinal): 10. Anderson, Cray, Pierson, Wood, 39.48; Women’s Pole Vault: 5. Alex Acker, 14-3.25 (program record, old record: 14-1.25); Men’s Discus Throw: 3. Luke Bryant, 199-11; Women’s Discus Throw: 13. Brittany Borman, 172-2; Women’s Javelin Throw: 1. Brittany Borman, 184-7