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Oklahoma scene: OU's Tia Brooks wins national championship in shot put

The junior has won outdoor and indoor titles this season. Brooks and Brittany Borman, who won the national title in the discus on Wednesday, have accounted for all of the Sooners' team points.
From Staff Reports Published: June 8, 2012

Oklahoma junior Tia Brooks won the shot put competition Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. Brooks' winning throw (60-feet, 6 inches) came on her fourth attempt.

The outdoor national championship is Brooks' first; she won the indoor shot title in March. Brooks joins teammate Brittany Borman as the only OU female athletes to win national titles this season in outdoor field competition. Borman won the javelin championship Wednesday.

The Sooners are third in the women's team standings with 24 points — with Brooks and Borman accounting for all of those.


The Central Oklahoma men's basketball team added a transfer and incoming freshman to its roster. Former Stringtown High School star James Watson is transferring from Kansas State, and recent Deer Creek High graduate Garrett Hermanski signed a letter of intent. Watson, a 6-foot-8 forward, will be a senior next fall after seeing limited action this season at K-State.

Watson originally signed with Washington State out of high school and played 29 games for the Cougars before transferring to Cowley County (Kan.) Community College. He averaged 10.4 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Tigers, who finished 25-8. Watson then signed with Kansas State, where he was limited to just one game due to various injuries.

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