OU Makes History with Borman’s Big 12 Honor
NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma thrower Brittany Borman received the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week honor for the third time this season the Big 12 Conference announced Tuesday marking history as the Oklahoma women’s track and field program became the first program, men’s or women’s, in conference history to accumulate five of the honors throughout the season.
Borman also tied Austra Skujyte of Kansas State (2002) and Rassin McIntosh of Texas (2003) for the most individual honors in a season. Add in Ronnie Ash’s Athlete of the Week honor on April 6 and the combined Oklahoma program earned a total of six for the season, tying a Big 12 record originally set by Texas in 2006 with three men’s honors and three women’s honors.
All five honors for the Oklahoma women have come from the throws ring as Borman was joined in the awards circle by Amy Backel on March 23 and Karen Shump on April 6.
Borman was awarded the honor after breaking a meet record in the discus at last weekend’s Sooner Open. The sophomore unleashed the implement a distance of 181-9 (55.39) to claim her fifth discus title and seventh overall title of the 2010 outdoor season. Borman bettered her competition by over a foot in the win as she currently sits No. 2 in the nation in the event. The Festus, Mo., native also ranks fifth nationally in the javelin.
Borman and the rest of the Sooners return to action this week as they travel to Columbia, Mo, for the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships with action beginning Friday morning.