NORMAN, Okla. — For the third time in the first four weeks of the 2010 outdoor track and field season, an Oklahoma thrower has been named the Big 12 Female Athlete of the Week as Brittany Borman was named this week’s recipient by the conference Tuesday. Borman’s honor comes after the sophomore broke a nine-year old OU record in the discus by over five feet en route to recording the nation’s longest throw at the North Texas Spring Classic.
Borman’s winning throw also broke a four-year old meet record as she held off teammate Karen Shump, who has the nation’s second-longest throw, by over three feet. Borman’s winning throw came on her second attempt, but the sophomore opened with a throw of 184-7 (56.26) that would have broken the program record and also have taken the nation’s lead.
With Borman’s honor on Tuesday, Oklahoma has now received four Big 12 Athlete of the Week honors in four weeks, three on the women’s side and one on the men’s side. The latest honor comes one week after Ronnie Ash (110-meter hurdles) and Shump (shot put) swept the accolades. Amy Backel opened the outdoor season with the first Big 12 Female Athlete of the Week honor on March 23. OU leads all schools in total honors and women’s honors.
Borman and the rest of the Oklahoma program returns to action this weekend when it hosts the first home meet of the outdoor season, the John Jacobs Invitational. Action is slated to begin Friday at the John Jacobs Track and Field Complex with the javelin and weight throw starting at 2 p.m. All other events will be held on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. Admission to the meet is free.