LINCOLN, Neb. — The women’s shot put field at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships will have a familiar look to it with two Sooners automatically qualifying for the event at the Husker Invitational Saturday. Karen Shump, who had already qualified for the event, and Tia Brooks both hit NCAA automatic-qualifying marks in the event as they finished first and second, respectively. The duo both earned All-America honors in the event in 2010 as Shump finished fourth and Brooks fifth at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Shump’s winning throw of 56-10 (17.32) is just off her school record of 56-10 3/4 (17.34) from the J.D. Martin Invitational on Jan. 22, as the sophomore eclipsed the NCAA automatic-qualifying standard for the third time in as many weeks.
Brooks extended her personal best in the event with a throw of 55-5 3/4 (16.91). Brooks entered the weekend with a personal record of 54-11 1/4 (16.74), a mark she recorded at last year’s NCAA Indoor Championships. Her throw Saturday was second in Oklahoma history behind Shump’s program record.
Also competing Saturday, Sooner Candyce McGrone improved her season-best time in the 200-meter dash as she took second overall at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational in New York City. After running the fastest time in the event’s prelims (23.36), McGrone improved in the finals with a time of 23.31 to finish second overall behind the winning time of 22.98 from Texas A&M’s Jeneba Tarmoh.
McGrone’s time Saturday is the third fastest in Oklahoma history. She entered the weekend with a season best of 23.41 at last week’s Big 12 vs. SEC Challenge.
In the field events, Jasmine Simmons finished seventh overall and fourth among collegiate athletes in the triple jump. Simmons’ top mark of 41-11 1/2 (12.79) is her second-best distance this season. The senior recorded a distance of 42-6 3/4 (12.97) at the Texas A&M Challenge on Jan. 15.