What could be better than going to the Olympics? Heading to London with your best friend and college teammate might do the trick. That's what happened at the USA Track and Field trials this month as Tia Brooks from the University of Oklahoma and best friend and fellow Sooner, Brittany Borman both secured a place on the Olympic team.
I can imagine how happy Brooks must have been, having already wrapped up her spot by finishing third in the shot put event, to watch her best friend win the javelin event on the final day of the trials. While the controversy surrounding the Women's 100m event monopolized the news, Borman quietly made her longest throw ever. She met the standard necessary for an Olympic bid, passing American record holder, Kara Patterson, to win the event.
Brooks, who will be Borman's maid of honor after the games, reportedly had tears in her eyes when she recalled the event this week. Borman was equally thrilled while watching her teammate place in the shot put event earlier in the trials. "After I saw that she made it, I was emotionally drained," Borman said on Thursday as OU's Olympics-bound athletes met the media. "We were hugging and crying. It was just unbelievable."
Both Borman and Brooks won national titles earlier in June. At the at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, these Sooners brought home national championships in the javelin and shot put events. For Borman, a senior who began her collegiate career as a heptathlete, this was her second consecutive national championship. Brooks, a junior, secured her first national championship. Both women are repeat NCAA All-Americans.
Two other former members of the University of Oklahoma track and field team will also be heading to the Olympics this summer, but not as part of Team USA. Latoya Greaves will be running in the 100 meter hurdles for Jamaica, and two-time Olympian Laverne Jones-Ferrette will compete in the 100 and 200 meter events for the U.S. Virgin Islands.
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Tavia Fuller Armstrong is an Oklahoma resident and a lifelong fan of the Olympic Games with old photos of commemorative childhood haircuts to prove it.
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