NAMPA, ID – The University at Buffalo's Becky O'Brien finished ninth in the women's shot put with a throw of 53-5.25 (16.30m) on Saturday night at the NCAA National Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Jackson Track Center at the Idaho Center. With her finish, the senior also earned Second-Team All-America honors from the USTFCCCA for the second consecutive season.
Competing in the second of two eight-person flights, O'Brien was the ninth and final entrant to reach the championship round as she moved up from last place following her first attempt. O'Brien's first attempt was 47-7.25 (14.51m), more than three feet behind the next closest thrower. She threw 52-2 (15.90m) on her second attempt to move into 13th place. She uncorked her best throw of the preliminary round on her third throw at 53-5.25 (16.30m) to move into ninth. She was assured a spot in the final round when Florida's Keely Medeiros fouled on her final attempt.
O'Brien was unable to move up into the top eight, which would have guaranteed a first-team spot on the USTFCCCA's All-America list. She top mark in the championship round was 53-0.75 (16.17m) on the second of her three attempts. The top eight individual finishers earn first-team honors while the ninth through 16th-place finishers are on the second-team. O'Brien finished 11th at last year's meet in College Station, TX.
The UB junior was named the Northeast Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year earlier this week by the USTFCCCA. Her best throw of the 2012 season was 57-8.25 (17.58m), set at the SPIRE Division I Invitational as she posted UB and Mid-American Conference records with the performance.
Oklahoma junior Tia Brooks won the national title with a top mark of 62-4 (19.00m). She set the facility record with three of her six throws in the competition.
UB finished the 2012 national championships with All-Americans in both the men's and women's shot puts. Men's athlete Rob Golabek finished seventh on Friday night attaining first-team honors.