University of Oklahoma junior Tia Brooks earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic team on a banner day for Sooner women at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore.
Brooks’ shot put of 60 feet, 2 inches (18.34 meters) on her second attempt was enough to withstand the nation’s best and finish third to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.
The Grand Rapids, Mich., native continued her stellar year in track and field after sweeping the Big 12 and NCAA titles in the shot put in both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
Brooks is just the second Sooner woman to make an Olympic track and fieldteam. She follows in the footsteps of Laverne Jones-Ferrette, a two-time Olympic sprinter for the U.S. Virgin Islands who graduated from Oklahoma in 2003.