The Norman Transcript

May 26, 2013

Brooks easily wins regional

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

AUSTIN, Texas — Tia Brooks just keeps getting better and better. The reigning NCAA shot put champion, who spent last summer at the London Games competing for her country, delivered the second longest throw in women’s collegiate shot put history, winning with a heave of 18.96 meters Saturday at the NCAA West Regional.

The throw was also the longest in NCAA outdoor postseason history, as Brooks bested the previous mark of 18.65 meters — a mark that had stood for 15 years — three different times, with throws of 18.65, 18.95 and, finally, 18.96 meters.

During the indoor season, Brooks won a national championship in the event with a throw 19.22, setting the indoor collegiate record along the way.

At the NCAA championships, where Brooks will be competing in two weeks in Eugene, Ore., , she’ll be trying to claim gold for a second straight year, while also hoping to break the current collegiate outdoor shot put record of 18.99 meters.

Brooks was one of two Sooners to claim regional championships on the Texas campus Saturday. She was joined by Patrick Casey, who ran the 1,500 meters in 3:44.48 to claim the event by more than four seconds. Joining him at the national meet in two weeks will be teammate Riley Masters, who placed second in 3:48.78.

OU’s final qualifier Saturday was freshman Big 12 javelin champion Avione Allgood, who topped her career best with a throw of 52.31 meters, good for a second-place finish.

Three other Sooners qualified for the national meet Thursday and Friday, including Kevin Williams, who placed 11th in the men’s 10,000 meters in 32:23.88; Austin Perry, who placed 10th in the men’s shot put with a throw of 18.30 meters; and Kristen Rice, who placed sixth in the women’s high jump with a leap of 1.75 meters.