Kaufman, Mayo Promoted to The Bowerman Women’s Watch List

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

April 7, 2010   

The Bowerman logoNEW ORLEANS – The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday the fourth update of the official watch list for The Bowerman as selected by The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee.  Hawaii’s Amber Kaufman and Texas A&M’s Gabby Mayo were promoted to The Bowerman ‘10’ as a result of performance from the early portion of the 2010 outdoor season.

Kaufman returns to the group for the second time as a result of a collegiate-leading high jump of 6-3¼ (1.91m) at the Stanford Invitational. Mayo has notched world-leading marks in the 100 meters and as part of Texas A&M’s 4×100-meter relay team.

Already in the 2010 outdoor season the group of ten on the watch list has accounted for six world-leading marks, eight American leaders and 11 collegiate leaders. In addition, Lisa Koll set a new collegiate record in the 10,000 meters two weeks ago at the Stanford Invitational.

The Bowerman Advisory Board appointed four of its members to comprise The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee and another four of its members to make up The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee. The committee will release its next update on Wednesday, May 5. The three men and three women finalists will be named on July 13. Award winners will be announced at the USTFCCCA Annual Convention, held December 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the recently-debuted trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org. Keep up with Bowerman candidates on the USTFCCCA’s weekly results page (http://www.ustfccca.org/weekly-results) and by following the organization’s twitter feed twitter.com/TheBowerman.


(updated April 7, 2010, listed in alphabetical order)

Queen Harrison SR Virginia Tech Hurdles Richmond, Va.
Amber Kaufman SR Hawaii Jumps San Jose, Calif.
Mariam Kevkhisvili SR Florida Throws Tbilisi, Georgia
Lisa Koll SR Iowa State Distance Fort Dodge, Iowa
Gabby Mayo JR Texas A&M Sprints/Hurdles Raleigh, N.C.
Francena McCorory JR Hampton Sprints Hampton, Va.
Blessing Okagbare SR UTEP Jumps/Sprints Umuahi, Nigeria
Brianne Theisen JR Oregon Combined Events Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Kim Williams JR Florida State Jumps Kingston, Jamaica
Phoebe Wright SR Tennessee Mid-Distance Signal Mountain, Tenn.


Also Receiving Mention

Joanna Atkins JR Auburn Sprints Stone Mountain, Ga.
Jessica Beard JR Texas A&M Sprints Euclid, Ohio
Angela Bizzarri SR Illinois Distance Mason, Ohio
Marie Borner SR Bethel (Minn.) Distance Hastings, Minn.
Charlotte Browning JR/SR Florida Distance Pulborough, England
Kristi Castlin SR Virginia Tech Hurdles Douglasville, Ga.
Lacey Cramer SO BYU Mid-Distance Cedar Hills, Utah
Shaniqua Ferguson JR Auburn Sprints Nassau, Bahamas
Semoy Hackett SO Lincoln (Mo.) Sprints Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago
Jordan Hasay FR Oregon Distance Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Kylie Hutson SR Indiana State Pole Vault Terre Haute, Ind.
Porscha Lucas SR Texas A&M Sprints Plano, Texas
Brenda Martinez SR UC Riverside Mid-Distance Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Gabby Mayo JR Texas A&M Sprints/Hurdles Raleigh, N.C.
Liz Patterson SR Arizona High Jump Rowlett, Texas
Barbara Pierre SR Saint Augustine’s Sprints Winter Haven, Fla.
Jessica Pixler SR Seattle Pacific Distance Sammamish, Wash.
Shara Proctor SR Florida Jumps The Valley, Anguilla
Shelia Reid JR Villanova Distance Newmarket, Ontario
Alicia Rue SR Minnesota Pole Vault Plymouth, Minn.
April Sinkler RS SO Clemson Combined Events Stafford, Va.



Queen Harrison, Sr., Virginia Tech,
Hurdles, Richmond, Va., Hermitage HS

OUTDOOR: Harrison has the started the outdoor season with a bang, collecting American- and collegiate-leading marks in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles at last weekend’s Florida Relays … her 12.65 clocking in the 100-meter hurdles is the fastest in the world so far in 2010 and places her in the collegiate all-time top five in the event.

INDOOR: Harrison completed a fantastic collegiate season with an NCAA title in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking 7.95 in the final and winning by six hundredths of a second … Harrison was the only collegian in 2010 to run under eight seconds in the event, and did so a total of five times … Harrison’s collegiate-leading and personal-best mark of 7.94 came in winning the ACC crown … The 7.94 also placed Harrison as the sixth-best performer in collegiate history … Harrison was a double winner at the ACCs, capturing victory in the 400 meters with a personal-best 53.06 time.

TFRRS Report

100mH Mar 20 13.01 w: 0.5 1 Hurricane Inv Coral Gables, Fla.
Mar 27 13.10 w: 1.9 1 Yellow Jacket Atlanta, Ga.
Apr 2 12.65 w: 1.5 1 WL, AmL, CL, PB FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
400mH Apr 2 56.06 1 AmL, CL, SB FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
4×400 Apr 3 3:33.15 lead-off 3/2s1 FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.


Flotrack video of Harrison’s 12.65 hurdle race at Florida Relays

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Amber Kaufman, Sr., Hawaii,
Jumps, San Jose, Calif., Branham HS

OUTDOOR: Has already leaped to a American- and collegiate-leading mark of 6-3¼ (1.91m) in winning the high jump at the Stanford Invitational … the mark is also the tied for the second-best in the world thus far in the 2010 outdoor season … has cleared six feet in each completion so far this year, including the indoor season.

INDOOR: Claimed second-place showing at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a 6-2¾ (1.90m) clearance … won the WAC title for the fourth-straight year … cleared an indoor personal best of 6-3¼ (1.91m) at the Lobo Challenge.

TFRRS Report


Kaufman speaks with Flotrack after Stanford Invitational

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Mariam Kevkhisvili, Sr., Florida,
Throws, Tbilisi, Georgia, Varketili Secondary

OUTDOOR: Notched an early collegiate-leading mark of 58-10¼ (17.94m) in winning the Florida Relays shot put … the Gator is undefeated this season and has now won 14 collegiate competitions in a row, dating back to 2008.

INDOOR: Kevkhisvili won her second-consecutive NCAA indoor shot put crown and third overall with a personal best of 61-0 (18.59m) … The distance is also a national record for her home country of the Republic of Georgia and places her as the third-best performer all-time in the collegiate ranks … At the SEC Championships, Kevkhisvili broke her own SEC meet record in winning the conference crown for the second-straight year.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
SP Apr 3 17.94m 58-10¼ 1 CL, SB FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.

Lisa Koll, Sr., Iowa State,
Distance, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Fort Dodge HS

OUTDOOR: Opened the season with a collegiate record clocking of 31:18.07 in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational, topping the previous mark of 31:25.45 set by Texas Tech’s Sally Kipyego in 2008 … her time is also the current world and American leader.

INDOOR: Koll won her first NCAA indoor crown with a 15:39.65 run at 5000 meters and beat the field by more than 10 seconds … Koll nearly pulled off the NCAA distance double, but was outdueled by Illinois’ Angela Bizzarri in the 3000 meters by just 12 hundredths of a second to take runner-up honors (8:57.52) … Koll claimed double Big 12 Championship titles and double collegiate-best marks of the season at the conference meet in Ames … Combining times on 200 meter and oversized tracks, Koll would be the fifth-best collegiate performer all-time in the 5000m and sixth-best all-time in the 3000m from times recorded at the Big 12 meet.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
10k Mar 26 31:18.07 1 CR, WL, AmL, CL, PB Stanford Inv Palo Alto, Calif.


Flotrack interview with Koll after setting new collegiate record in the 10,000 meters

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Gabby Mayo, Jr., Texas A&M,
Sprints/Hurdles, Raleigh, N.C., Southeast HS

OUTDOOR: Already responsible for two world-leading marks this outdoor season, having notched 11.13 in the 100-meters for the wind-legal world leader and as anchor of the Aggies’ 4×100-meter relay that clocked 42.56 in winning the Texas Relays … the 42.56 is just off the collegiate record (42.36) set by Mayo as anchor at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

INDOOR: Scored 12 points at the NCAA Indoor Championships … at NCAA’s, she grabbed runner-up honors in the 60-meter dash by a small margin to UTEP’s Blessing Okagbare with a tied-collegiate-leading time of 7.18 and added a fifth-place showing in the 60-meter hurdles (8.12) … claimed Big 12 titles in the 60 and 60 hurdles, clocking a personal best 8.05 in the conference final of the 60 hurdles.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
100m Mar 27 11.27 w: 1.9 2 AzSt Inv Tempe, Ariz.
Apr 2 11.28w w: 3.5 q/1h8 TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 3 11.13 w: 2.0 1 WL, AmL, CL, =PB TexasR Austin, Texas
4×100 Mar 20 44.20 anchor 1 Carolina Sprng Carolina, Puerto Rico
Mar 27 43.62 anchor 1 AzSt Inv Tempe, Ariz.
Apr 2 43.76 anchor q/1h1 TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 3 42.56 anchor 1 WL, AmL, CL TexasR Austin, Texas


Mayo speaks with Flotrack following 11.13 win at the Texas Relays

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Francena McCorory, Jr., Hampton,
Sprints, Hampton, Va., Bethel HS

OUTDOOR: Known for her 400-meter speed, McCorory has shown range with a world-leading performance of 22.92 in the 200-meter dash at last weekend’s Florida Relays.

INDOOR: McCorory floored those watching the NCAA Indoor Championships by winning her second-straight national indoor title at 400 meters with an American-, collegiate-, and meet-record clocking of 50.54 … The time also ended the 2010 indoor season as the World-leading mark … McCorory became the third two-time winner of the event, joining Maciel Malone of Arizona State (1990-91-92) and Suziann Reid of Texas (1998-99) … At the MEAC Championships, McCorory claimed titles in the 400- and 200-meter events, placed fourth in the 60 and lead her team to a 4×400-meter relay crown for a total of 27½ team points.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
200m Apr 2 22.92 w: 0.3 1/1h1 WL, AmL, CL FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
4×100 Apr 3 45.53 lead-off 9/3h2 SB FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
4×200 Apr 2 1:34.12 lead-off 4/3h1 SB FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
4×400 Mar 27 3:39.97 anchor 2/2h1 SB UCF Inv Orlando, Fla.
SMR Apr 2 4:01.20 lead-off 8/3h1 SB FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.


Francena McCorory with Flotrack after 400-meter prelims at NCAA Championships

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Blessing Okagbare, Sr., UTEP,
Jumps/Sprints, Umuahi, Nigeria, Delta State

OUTDOOR: At the Texas Relays, Okagbare stole the show, notching a world-leading mark of 22-7 (6.88m) in the long jump and adding a title in the 100-meter dash with an all-conditions collegiate-leader of 11.10.

INDOOR: Okagbare was the NCAA Indoor Champion in both the 60-meter dash and long jump … Okagbare matched former Texas great Marshevet Hooker (2006) as a sprint-jump double national champ … In the long jump, Okagbare topped the former championships record twice, leaping to 22-5¼ (6.84m) in the second round and followed with a 22-6½ (6.87m) mark in the third to win the event by seven inches … In the 60-meter dash, Okagbare clocked a 7.18 in the final to match her collegiate-best of the season set previously in the heats of the Conference USA Championships … At the conference championships, Okagbare claimed crowns in four events, adding titles in the 200 meters and triple jump to go with the 60 and long jump … Okagbare ended the season ranked among the collegiate top five in all four events and second in the world in the long jump … Among indoor collegians all-time, Okagbare ranks tied for second in the long jump.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
100m Apr 3 11.10w w: 2.3 1 CL (AC), PB (AC) TexasR Austin, Texas
200m Mar 27 23.23A w: 1.6 1 PB UTEP Spring El Paso, Texas
LJ Apr 2 6.88m 22-7, w: 1.9 1 WL, CL, SB TexasR Austin, Texas
4×100 Mar 27 45.08 anchor 1 UTEP Spring El Paso, Texas
Apr 2 45.55 anchor 7q/2h2 TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 3 44.54 anchor 3 TexasR Austin, Texas


Blessing Okagbare talks to Flotrack after 60-meter, long jump double win at NCAAs

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Brianne Theisen, Jr., Oregon,
Combined Events, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Humboldt Collegiate Institute

OUTDOOR: Despite some windy conditions, Theisen scored an all-conditions collegiate leader of 5,942 in winning the heptathlon at the Texas Relays.

INDOOR: Theisen added the NCAA pentathlon title holder to her resume after scoring a personal best of 4,396 in the competition that she won by more than 150 points … As a result of three personal individual-event personal bests, Theisen now ranks fourth among collegians all-time in the event … Earlier in the year, Theisen scored 4,198 points at the Texas A&M Challenge in January in a winning effort … Among the pentathlon’s five events, Theisen claimed personal bests in four of the events … Theisen finished third in the 60-meter hurdles at the MSPF Championships.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
HEPT Mar 31-Apr 1 5,942w 1 CL (AC) TexasR Austin, Texas
( 13.69w – 1.80m [5-10¾] – 12.62m [41-5] – 24.24w / 5.87mW – 39.35m [19-3¼] – 2:19.78 )
100mH Mar 31 13.69w w: 3.7 H TexasR Austin, Texas
HJ Mar 31 1.80m 5-10¾ H oPB TexasR Austin, Texas
SP Mar 31 12.62m 41-5 H oPB TexasR Austin, Texas
200m Mar 31 24.24w w: 3.5 H TexasR Austin, Texas
LJ Apr 1 5.87mW 19-3¼, w: 5.4 H TexasR Austin, Texas
JAV Apr 1 39.35m 129-1 H TexasR Austin, Texas
800m Apr 1 2:19.78 H TexasR Austin, Texas


Theisen talks to Flotrack after Texas Relays heptathlon

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Kim Williams, Jr., Florida State,
Jumps, Kingston, Jamaica, Vere Technical

OUTDOOR: Has yet to begin outdoor season.

INDOOR: Williams notched her second-consecutive NCAA indoor triple jump title with a mark of 45-9¼ (13.95m) … Williams joined Yvette Bates of Southern California (1986-87-88), Leah Kirklin of Florida (1991-92), Telisa Young of Texas (1993-94) and Erica McClain of Stanford (2007-08) as two-time winners of the event … Williams also took fifth place in the long jump at the national championships … Earlier in the season, Williams notched a new collegiate-leading triple jump of 46-8¼ (14.24m) in winning the ACC title, a mark that placed her just two centimeters shy of the collegiate record held by Suzette Lee of LSU (46-9, 14.25m) … The mark also ended the season as the national-leading mark for Jamaica … Williams was runner-up at the ACC meet in the long jump and as well.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
LJ Jan 23 6.25m 20-6¼ 1 Hokie Inv Blacksburg, Va.
Feb 26 6.51m 21-4¼ 2 PB ACC Blacksburg, Va.
Mar 12 6.46m 21-2½ 5 NCAA Fayetteville, Ark.
TJ Feb 13 14.17m 46-6 1 Tyson Inv Fayetteville, Ark.
Feb 27 14.23m 46-8¼ 1 CL, PB, NL (JAM) ACC Blacksburg, Va.
Mar 13 13.95m 45-9¼ 1 NCAA Fayetteville, Ark.

Phoebe Wright, Sr., Tennessee,
Mid-Distance, Signal Mountain, Tenn., Red Bank HS

OUTDOOR: Notched wins at the Florida State Relays 800 meters (2:05.98) and at the Florida Relays in the 1500 meters (4:18.29) … her 800-meter time this season is No. 2 on the 2010 outdoor collegiate list.

INDOOR: Wright claimed her first NCAA indoor 800-meter title with a run of 2:02.55, a day after guiding the Lady Vols to their third-straight NCAA crown in the distance medley relay … Wright has been a part of each of the DMR wins by Tennessee over the past three years (lead off twice, 800-meter leg in 2008), and lead off this year’s team to a 3:22.21 split and a two-second lead … Wright was the collegiate leader by a substancial margin for the entire season, starting with a 2:04.00 run in late January … Wright bested her that time twice, clocking a 2:02.84 at Texas A&M in mid-February and running her personal best of 2:01.47 in winning the SEC title for the second-straight time … Only Tennessee’s Nicole Cook (2:00.75) has had a faster indoor run among collegians all-time … Shortly after winning the SEC 800m crown, Wright lead-off her SEC Champ DMR team to a 3:29.58, 1200-meter split.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
800m Mar 26 2:05.98 1 FlaSt Relays Tallahassee, Fla.
1500m Apr 2 4:18.29 1 FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
4×400 Mar 27 3:40.80 anchor 2/2s1 FlaSt Relays Tallahassee, Fla.


Wright speaks with Flotrack after winning 1500m at Florida Relays

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