Tia Brooks was named to the 2013 Bowerman Watch List on Thursday.
Feb. 7, 2013
NORMAN, Okla. -- University of Oklahoma redshirt senior Tia Brooks is one of 10 student-athletes on the 2013 Bowerman Watch List, the first of the 2013 regular season, it was announced Thursday by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The award, track and field’s equivalent of the Heisman, is presented to the nation’s top track and field athlete over the indoor and outdoor seasons.
With just a pair of meets under her belt this season, Brooks has had two tremendous performances.
Her season debut saw the defending national champion in both the indoor and outdoor shot put, dominate the field at the J.D. Martin Invitational with a collegiate-leading put of 61-6.75 (18.76m) to win the event by nearly 12½ feet.
Brooks’ performance marked the first collegiate throw farther than 60 feet of the 2013 season, and she remains the only collegiate woman to surpass 60 feet to date. The mark was both a J.D. Martin Invitational and Mosier track record. She has recorded three of the top four throws in the nation this season.
She currently leads Indiana’s Felisha Johnson (58-4.75/17.80m) by three feet to still maintain the country’s best shot put performance.
In her second meet this season, Brooks claimed her sixth-consecutive shot put title, and seventh in eight competitions, with a 59-3 (18.06m) toss at the Razorback Invitational to win the event. The distance would still be enough to hold the nation’s-best spot.