COLLEGE STATION, TX – The University at Buffalo's Becky O'Brien finished 11th on Saturday in the women's shot put competition as the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships concluded at Texas A&M.
O'Brien, the UB record holder in the women's shot put, finished with a best throw of 54-4.75 (16.58m) on her third and final attempt of the preliminary round. O'Brien also had throws of 53-7 (16.33m) and 53-0.75 (16.17m) on her two other attempts of the round. The top nine throwers advanced to the championship round with O'Brien missing the cut by less than five inches. Arizona's Julie Labonte won the women's title with a throw of 57-6.25 (17.53m). O'Brien earned second-team All-America honors from the USTFCCCA.
O'Brien is UB's highest women's finisher at an NCAA indoor championship meet. Shot putter Kristy Woods finished 13th at last year's championships while Sarah Vance was 15th in the 2007 meet. Laura Olson was the first UB women's athlete to compete in the indoor meet as she finished 14th in the pole vault at the 2004 championships.
O'Brien and men's shot putter Rob Golabek represented the Bulls at the 2011 NCAA Championships with Golabek earning first-team All-America honors with his eighth-place finish on Friday night.
"Becky was amazing with her record setting season," said women's head coach Vicki Mitchell. "She has certainly established herself as one of the best."
Mitchell also commented on Golabek saying "Rob's consistency has been incredible. It's what propelled him above the other men. Coach [Jim] Garnham continues his dominance as the top throws coach in the east and the country. We are fortunate to have him on our staff."
The Bulls open the outdoor season next weekend at the Wake Forest Open.