COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The University of Oklahoma track and field teams closed out competition at the 2012 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday evening with three individuals winning their respective events. The Sooner men tallied 98 points to finish third at the meet. OU’s women finished eighth in the team rankings with 55.33 points.
Tia Brooks won her second consecutive Big 12 Conference women’s indoor shot put title Saturday afternoon. Brooks set a Big 12 Indoor Championship record and Gilliam Indoor Stadium Record with an NCAA automatic qualifying throw of 60 feet, 6.75 inches. Brooks hit the 60-foot mark on three occasions during the completion and bested the runner-up by more than three feet. Karen Shump, the 2010 champion in the event, finished third with a season’s best throw of 55-1. Bailey Wagner was sixth (50-9.50).
Eric Harasyn won his first Big 12 Conference title in any event, running the third best time in program history at 2:24.27 to win the men’s 1,000-meter run. Harasyn’s time is a collegiate best for the senior. Teammate Frezer Legesse also scored, finishing fourth in 2:25.94.
George Alex became the third Sooner crowned Big 12 champion on the meet’s final day as he came from behind to win the men’s 3,000-meter run in 8:01.85. The title was the first at the conference level for the senior. The Sooners went 1-3-4-5 in the event as Kevin Schwab was third (8:03.32), Riley Masters fourth (8:03.39) and Bill Kogel was fifth (8:03.63). Kevin Williams was 14th in the event, finishing in 8:11.14.
Legesse was OU’s top finisher in the men’s mile earlier in the afternoon, crossing in 4:06.79 to finish third. George Alex was fifth in 4:06.80 and Harasyn was sixth in 4:07.05.
Kelsey Brown recorded the highest finish among OU’s women on the weekend, taking second in the women’s 1,000-meter final. Brown’s time of 2:48.17 is the fifth fastest in program history and a collegiate best for the sophomore. Natalie Crain also scored in the event, crossing the line in 2:50.91 to finish sixth.
Malcolm Anderson improved on his sixth-place finish a year ago, crossing the line in 7.88 seconds to finish fourth in the men’s 60-meter hurdles. Newcomer Tre Lathan took fifth in his first Big 12 meet, running a collegiate best 7.95.
Shelleyeka Rolle improved on her finish from last year, taking fifth in the women’s 600-yard run with a collegiate best time of 1:21.61. Shawna Anderson took eighth in the women’s 60-meter dash final (7.58).
A pair of newcomers scored for the Sooners in the men’s 400-meter dash as Jamel Wood (47.49) and Ethan Baker (47.97) were fourth and fifth, respectively. Another newcomer, Wayne Walls, scored in his first Big 12 event, taking seventh in the men’s triple jump with season’s best 48-2.50. Baker and Woods bookended the men’s 4×400-meter as Marcus Anderson and Michael Ervin ran the second and third legs for the team that finished in fifth (3:11.78).
Daniel Mazar improved on his collegiate best set during the men’s 800-meter preliminaries with a seventh-place finish in 1:50.39 during the event’s final.
Kristen Rice scored in the women’s high jump for a second straight year as she took eighth with a jump of 5-7. Landon Sharp finished in 10th in the men’s high jump, clearing 6-7.50. Conrad Aaron took ninth in the men’s shot put (52-1.25).
The women’s 4×400-meter relay team of Shakeeri Cole, Sherine Wells, Claire MConnell and Rolle ran a season’s best time of 3:43.53 to finish eighth in the event.
OU had a trio of competitors in the women’s 3,000-meter run, highlighted by collegiate bests from Molly Ferguson (9:47.95) and Hilary Krein (9:51.56).
Seth Lewandowski finished 12th in his first Big 12 heptathlon, scoring 4,374 points. Lewandowski set collegiate bests in three events over the course of the two-day event.
The Sooner men had three of meet’s top 10 point scorers as Alex came in fourth with 14 points. Harasyn was fifth with 13 and Legesse was seventh with 11.
2012 Big 12 Indoor Track and Field Championships Day Two Results
Women’s 60m Dash Final: 8. Shawna Anderson, 7.68; Men’s 400m Dash Final: 4. Jamel Wood, 47.49, 5. Ethan Baker, 47.97; Women’s 600-yard Run Final: 5. Shelleyeka Rolle, 1:21.61; Men’s 800m Run Final: 7. Daniel Mazar, 1:50.39; Women’s 1000m Run Final: 2. Kelsey Brown, 2:48.17, 6. Natalie Crain, 2:50.91; Men’s 1000m Run Final: 1. Eric Harasyn, 2:24.27, 4. Frezer Legesse, 2:25.94; Men’s Mile Final: 3. Frezer Legesse, 4:06.79, 5. George Alex, 4:06.80, 6. Eric Harasyn, 4:07.05; Women’s 3000m Run: 11. Molly Ferguson, 9:47.95, 15. Hilary Krein, 9:51.56, 24. Kelly Waters, 9:59.04; Men’s 3000m Run: 1. George Alex, 8:01.85, 3. Kevin Schwab, 8:03.32, 4. Riley Masters, 8:03.39, 5. Bill Kogel, 8:03.63; Men’s 60m Hurdles Final: 4. Malcolm Anderson, 7.88, 5. Tre Lathan, 7.95; Women’s 4×400-Meter Relay: 8. Cole, Wells, McConnell, Rolle, 3:43.53; Men’s 4×400-Meter Relay: 5. Baker, Mar. Anderson, Ervin, Wood, 3:11.78; Women’s High Jump: 8. Kristen Rice, 5-7.00; Men’s High Jump: 10. Landon Sharp, 6-7.50; Men’s Triple Jump: 7. Wayne Walls, 48-2.50; Women’s Shot Put: 1. Tia Brooks, 60-6.75 (MR, FR), 3. Karen Shump, 55-1, 6. Bailey Wagner, 50-9.50; Men’s Shot Put: 9. Conrad Aaron, 52-1.25; Men’s Heptathlon: 12. Seth Lewandowski, 4374; Men’s Team Results: 3. Oklahoma, 98; Women’s Team Results: 8. Oklahoma, 55.33