Track and field: Brooks sets school record in Tempe, other Sooners shine
OU’s track and field teams continued their successful outdoor season at three meets this weekend in Tempe, Ariz., Denton, Texas, and Williamsburg, Va.
While several Sooners traveled to the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. on Saturday, only one came away with a first place tittle: senior thrower Tia Brooks. The three-time national champion threw a personal-best 61-05.50 feet (18.73 meters) to set an OU program record with her first throw of the outdoor season.
Although Brooks was the only OU athlete to place first, freshman Austin Perry and senior Tre’ Lathan took second place in their events — men’s shot put and men’s 110m hurdles, respectively.
Three Sooners finished first in their events on Saturday at the North Texas Classic in Denton. Freshman Brooke Garner had a personal-best performance in the women’s shot put event with a distance of 48-02.50 feet (14.69 meters). Garner was the youngest of the three OU winners in Texas, but junior Ashley Kowalewski also had a personal-best performance. Kowalewski won the women’s javelin throw with a distance of 139-01.00/42.39m. A Sooner also won men’s high jump. Junior Landon Sharp took the title with a height of 6-04.75 feet (1.95 meters).
OU took first, third and fifth place Friday night in the men’s 5,000-meter run at the 2013 Colonial Relays. Senior Kevin Williams finished first with a time of 13:59.77. Senior Kevin Schwab and sophomore Ryan Poland took third and fifth, respectively.