Follett Added to Watch List, Coburn and Thomas Earn Mention Nods
By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA
May 5, 2010
NEW ORLEANS – Washington’s Katie Follett was added to The Bowerman women’s watch list The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee announced in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday. In addition, Colorado’s Emma Coburn and LSU’s LaTavia Thomas are on the award’s receiving mention list.
Follett clocked a collegiate-leading 1500-meter time of 4:10.66 in winning at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 17, besting Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler (4:11.06) in a come-from-behind effort. Her time is the best in Division I by over two seconds and is the sixth best in world this year.
Coburn won the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays with the second-best time in the world this year (9:56.29) and ranks as the collegiate leader by over six seconds. LSU’s Thomas is the collegiate leader in the 800 meters, having clocked 2:01.40 at the LSU Alumni Gold on April 16.
Already in the 2010 outdoor season the group of ten on the watch list has accounted for six world-leading marks, four American leaders and nine collegiate leaders. Three collegiate records have been set by the group, including Lisa Koll’s 10,000-meter performance and the collegiate record forged by Texas A&M’s 4×200- and shuttle hurdle relay teams.
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 19, following the collegiate regular season. The three men and three women finalists will be named on July 13. Award winners will be announced at the USTFCCCA 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 and Facebook page facebook.com/TheBowerman.
THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2010 WOMEN
(updated May 5, 2010, listed in alphabetical order)
|Katie Follett (N)||SR||Washington||Distance||Fort Collins, Colo.|
|Queen Harrison||SR||Virginia Tech||Hurdles||Richmond, Va.|
|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 (23)
|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.|
|Emma Coburn (N)||SO||Colorado||Distance||Crested Butte, Colo.|
|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.|
|Amber Kaufman (D)||SR||Hawaii||Jumps||San Jose, Calif.|
|Porscha Lucas||SR||Texas A&M||Sprints||Plano, Texas|
|Brenda Martinez||SR||UC Riverside||Mid-Distance||Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.|
|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.|
|LaTavia Thomas (N)||SR||LSU||Mid-Distance||Philadelphia, Pa.|
(N) new to either list, (D) demoted from watch list
THE BOWERMAN WATCH LIST PROFILES
Katie Follett, Sr., Washington,
Distance, Fort Collins, Colo., Fort Collins HS
OUTDOOR: Clocked a collegiate-leading 1500-meter time of 4:10.66 in winning at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 17, besting Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler (4:11.06) in a come-from-behind effort … her time is the best in Division I by over two seconds and is the sixth best in world this year.
INDOOR: Won runner-up honors in the Mile at the NCAA Championships with a 4:36.39 performance … finished third at the MPSF Championships in the same event … season-best of 4:34.98 (OT) happened at the Husky Invite on February 13.
|1500m||Mar 26||4:15.04||2||Stanford Inv||Palo Alto, Calif.|
|Apr 10||4:17.02||1||Pepsi Team Inv||Eugene, Ore.|
|Apr 17||4:10.66||1||CL, PB||Mt. SAC Relays||Walnut, Calif.|
Follett with Flotrack after taking Mt. SAC 1500 meters
Queen Harrison, Sr., Virginia Tech,
Hurdles, Richmond, Va., Hermitage HS
OUTDOOR: Harrison has the started the outdoor season with a bang, compling a world- and collegiate-leading 12.61 in the 100-meter hurdles in winning at the Penn Relays … Harrison won the ACC title in the sprint hurdles with a wind-aided (5.3 m/s) 12.44, the best ever time by a collegian in all conditions … Harrison also tallied an ACC title in the 400-meter hurdles with a collegiate-leading 54.66, a time that also ranks second in the world this year.
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.
|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||FloridaR||Gainesville, Fla.|
|Apr 16||12.82w||w: 2.2||q||ACC||Clemson, S.C.|
|Apr 17||12.44W||w: 5.3||1||[all-cond. CR]||ACC||Clemson, S.C.|
|Apr 23||12.46w||w: 3.1||q||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Apr 24||12.61||w: 1.1||1||WL, AmL, CL, PB||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|400mH||Apr 2||56.06||1||FloridaR||Gainesville, Fla.|
|Apr 16||56.89||q||ACC||Clemson, S.C.|
|Apr 17||54.66||1||CL, SB||ACC||Clemson, S.C.|
|4×400||Apr 3||3:33.15||lead-off||3/2s1||FloridaR||Gainesville, Fla.|
|Apr 17||3:36.50||lead-off||2||ACC||Clemson, S.C.|
Flotrack video of Harrison’s 12.65 hurdle race at Florida Relays
Mariam Kevkhisvili, Sr., Florida,
Throws, Tbilisi, Georgia, Varketili Secondary
OUTDOOR: Collegiate-leading mark of 60-6¾ (18.46m) was claimed in winning at the Tom Jones Memorial … the Gator is undefeated this season and has now won 16 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.
|SP||Apr 3||17.94m||58-10¼||1||FloridaR||Gainesville, Fla.|
|Apr 17||18.46m||60-6¾||1||CL, PB||Tom Jones Inv||Gainesville, Fla.|
|Apr 23||18.17m||59-7½||1||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
Kevkhisvili on GatorVision Online Following SEC Indoor Championships
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 … on May 1, Koll posted a 15:17.76 collegiate-leading time over 5000 meters in placing fourth overall and as the first collegiate at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, again at Stanford … anchored DMR team with a 4:31.8, 1600-meter split to a Drake Relays title.
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.
|5000m||May 1||15:17.76||4 [1c]||CL, PB||Cardinal Inv||Palo Alto, Calif.|
|10k||Mar 26||31:18.07||1||CR, WL, AmL, CL, PB||Stanford Inv||Palo Alto, Calif.|
|4×1600||Apr 23||19:14.80||anchor||3||(4:42.4 split)||Drake Relays||Des Moines, Iowa|
|DMR||Apr 24||11:08.64||anchor||1||(4:31.8 split/1600m)||Drake Relays||Des Moines, Iowa|
Flotrack interview with Koll after running 5000 meters at Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational
Gabby Mayo, Jr., Texas A&M,
Sprints/Hurdles, Raleigh, N.C., Southeast HS
OUTDOOR: In the collegiate top three in the 100 meters with an equal personal best of 11.13 claimed in winning the Texas Relays title … 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 … also was the second leg of the Aggie 4×200-meter relay (1:29.42) and of the Aggie shuttle hurdle relay (52.50) that notched collegiate record times in earning additional titles at the Penn Relays.
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.
|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||=PB||TexasR||Austin, Texas|
|200m||May 1||23.22||w: 1.7||3||SB||Texas Inv||Austin, Texas|
|100mH||Apr 10||13.10||w: 1.1||1||SB||Pepsi Team||Eugene, Ore.|
|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|
|Apr 10||43.89||anchor||1||Pepsi Team||Eugene, Ore.|
|Apr 22||43.13||anchor||q||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|Apr 23||43.09||anchor||1||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|4×200||Apr 24||1:29.42||second-leg||1||CR, WL, AmL||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|SHR||Apr 23||52.50||second-leg||1||CR, WL||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
Mayo speaks with Flotrack following 11.13 win at the Texas Relays
Francena McCorory, Jr., Hampton,
Sprints, Hampton, Va., Bethel HS
OUTDOOR: Holds the second-best collegiate time for 200 meters this season with a 22.92 run in winning the 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.
|200m||Apr 2||22.92||w: 0.3||1/1h1||FloridaR||Gainesville, Fla.|
|4×100||Apr 24||44.90||second-leg||prelim||SB||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|4×200||Apr 2||1:34.12||lead-off||4/3h1||SB||FloridaR||Gainesville, Fla.|
|Apr 23||1:34.29||lead-off||6||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|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
Blessing Okagbare, Sr., UTEP,
Jumps/Sprints, Umuahi, Nigeria, Delta State
OUTDOOR: At the Texas Relays, Okagbare stole the show, notching a collegiate-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 … history certainly could have been made at the UTEP Invitational on April 10, but a timing malfunction only allowed for a hand time of Okagbare’s 100-meter run that was on the stopwatch at 10.7h.
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.
|100m||Apr 3||11.10w||w: 2.3||1||CL (AC), PB (AC)||TexasR||Austin, Texas|
|Apr 10||10.7hA||w: 1.3||1||UTEP Inv||El Paso, 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||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|
|Apr 23||44.71||anchor||1q/1h1||Drake Relays||Des Moines, Iowa|
|Apr 24||44.45||anchor||1||SB||Drake Relays||Des Moines, Iowa|
Blessing Okagbare talks to Flotrack after 60-meter, long jump double win at NCAAs
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.
|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||May 1||13.61||w: 0.8||1||SB||OregonR||Eugene, Ore.|
|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||5.86m||19-2¾, w: 1.1||3||SB||OregonR||Eugene, Ore.|
|JAV||Apr 1||43.05m||141-3||4||SB||Pepsi Team||Eugene, Ore.|
|800m||Apr 1||2:19.78||H||SB||TexasR||Austin, Texas|
Theisen talks to Flotrack after Texas Relays heptathlon
Kim Williams, Jr., Florida State,
Jumps, Kingston, Jamaica, Vere Technical
OUTDOOR: Recorded a collegiate-leading triple jump in winning the Seminole Invitational on April 10 with a mark of 44-4½ (13.52m) … winner of the triple jump at the ACC Championships with a heavily wind-aided mark of 44-2½ (13.47m).
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.
|LJ||Apr 9||5.93m||19-5½, w: 0.5||1||SB||Seminole Inv||Tallahassee, Fla.|
|Apr 16||5.92m||19-5¼, w: -1.2||7||ACC||Clemson, S.C.|
|TJ||Apr 10||13.52m||44-4½, w: 0.2||1||CL, SB||Seminole Inv||Tallahassee, Fla.|
|Apr 17||13.38m||43-10¾, w: 1.8||(r3)||ACC||Clemson, S.C.|
|Apr 17||13.47mW||44-2½, w: 6.3||1||ACC||Clemson, S.C.|
Phoebe Wright, Sr., Tennessee,
Mid-Distance, Signal Mountain, Tenn., Red Bank HS
OUTDOOR: Helped the Lady Vols to a Penn Relays distance trifecta for the second-straight year, anchoring Tennessee’s 4×800-meter relay with a 2:00.89 split and the 4×1500-meter relay with a 4:17.3 split … Wright ran the 800-meter third leg in the DMR with a 2:02.12 split for the other relays title … also 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.
|800m||Mar 26||2:05.98||1||SB||FlaSt Relays||Tallahassee, Fla.|
|1500m||Apr 2||4:18.29||1||FloridaR||Gainesville, Fla.|
|Apr 9||4:15.66||1||PB||SeaRay Relays||Knoxville, Tenn.|
|4×400||Apr 10||3:36.34||anchor||2||SeaRay Relays||Tallahassee, Fla.|
|4×800||Apr 24||8:18.22||anchor||1||(split 2:00.89)||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|4×1500||Apr 23||17:14.91||anchor||1||(split 4:17.3)||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
|DMR||Apr 22||10:54.65||third leg||1||(split 2:02.12/800m)||Penn Relays||Philadelphia, Pa.|
Flotrack talks to Phoebe Wright and DMR teammates after Penn Relays win