The Bowerman Final Women’s Candidate List of 10 Released

The Bowerman Final Women’s Candidate List of 10 Released

NEW ORLEANS – On Monday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the and ten women student-athletes that will be considered for The Bowerman in 2010 as chosen by The Bowerman Women’s Watch List Committee. The groups of 10 will be narrowed to three women by the ten-member Bowerman Advisory Board in the coming weeks. The ten male final candidates will be announced Tuesday.

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The Board, chaired by Herman Frazier, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sports Administration at Temple University, will release their selections on the week of July 12. The Board is vice chaired by Alfreeda Goff, Horizon League Senior Associate Commissioner.

Once the finalists are set, The Bowerman Voters, a group of around 100, consisting of national and regional media personnel, track & field statisticians, NCAA collegiate administrators, and Presidents of affiliated organizations will make their selections. Previous winners Galen Rupp and Jenny Barringer will also receive one vote. Once tabulations are calculated, award winners will be announced at the USTFCCCA Convention, held December 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

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(listed in alphabetical order, these are the final 10 in consideration for The Bowerman and will be narrowed to three in mid-July)

Semoy Hackett, Lincoln (Mo.), Soph., Sprints, Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago
Won five NCAA Division II titles in 2010, setting three championships records and an all-time Division II best in the 200

Queen Harrison, Virginia Tech, Senior, Hurdles, Richmond, Va. (Hermitage HS)
Became the first female to win NCAA titles in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles in same season, also was 60m hurdle champ indoors

Kylie Hutson, Indiana State, Senior, Pole Vault, Terre Haute, Ind. (Terre Haute North HS)
Swept indoor and outdoor NCAA pole vault crowns, was undefeated in collegiate competition, and set outdoor NCAA meet record

Mariam Kevkhishvili, Florida, Senior, Throws, Tbilisi, Georgia (Varketili Secondary)
Swept indoor and outdoor NCAA shot put titles, was undefeated in 2010, and claimed marks of over 60 feet four times

Lisa Koll, Iowa State, Senior, Distance, Fort Dodge, Iowa (Fort Dodge HS)
Won NCAA 5k/10k titles outdoors and was 5k champion indoors and notched new collegiate record in 10k at 31:18.07

Porscha Lucas, Texas A&M, Senior, Sprints, Plano, Texas (Plano HS)
NCAA outdoor 200-meter 4×100 champ, second nationally at 100m, second leg of undefeated 4×100-meter squad

Francena McCorory, Hampton, Junior, Sprints, Hampton, Va. (Bethel HS)
Claimed both indoor and outdoor 400-meter titles, won indoor title in American Record 50.54

Blessing Okagbare, UTEP, Senior, Sprints/Jumps, Umuahi, Nigeria (Delta State)
First ever to win both 100m and long jump titles in single NCAA meet, also was NCAA indoor champ at 60m and long jump

Brianne Theisen, Oregon, Junior, Combined Events, Humboldt, Saskatchewan (Humboldt Collegiate Institute)
Was the NCAA champ in the pentathlon indoors and heptathlon outdoors, also led off Ducks’ 4×400 that won NCAA crown

Phoebe Wright, Tennessee, Senior, Mid-Distance, Signal Mountain, Tenn. (Red Bank HS)
Swept 800m NCAA crowns, led off DMR to NCAA indoor title, undefeated at 800m, member of three Penn Relays champ teams


Semoy Hackett, Soph., Lincoln (Mo.)
Sprints, Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago

INDOOR: Won NCAA titles in both the 60 and 200 in meet record time at the Division II Championships in Albuquerque … claimed the 60 with a time of 7.24 seconds to top the 2009 record of 7.29 set by Saint Augustine’s Barbara Pierre … took the NCAA 200 in record fashion, coming across with a time of 23.32 to break the championship record by over two-tenths of a second (23.56) … was named the 2009 USTFCCCA South Central Region Indoor Women’s Track Athlete of the Year.

OUTDOOR: At the NCAA Division II Championships, Hackett won the 100, 200, and 4×100-meter relay for the second straight year … in the 200, she set the NCAA Championships meet record and all-time Division II best in the process, as her time of 22.75 broke a 17-year-old standard set by Chandra Sturrup of Norfolk State … among all collegians, Hackett finished the season among the top five … she won the NCAA 100-meter crown in 11.33 and ran as a member of the national champion 4×100 (44.73) on the second leg.


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

INDOOR: Captured Virginia Tech’s first national title in women’s track and field at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, winning the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.95 … set personal, school and ACC meet record with a 2010 collegiate-leading time of 7.94 in the 60-meter hurdles for her first individual ACC Championship … also broke school record in the 400-meter dash three times on the season, and owns the standard at 53.06, which she achieved in another ACC-title performance at the conference championships … was undefeated in 60-meter hurdle competition … named ACC Performer of the Week twice during indoor campaign … USTFCCCA Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year

OUTDOOR: Became the first female in NCAA history to win both the 100- and 400-meter hurdle national titles … captured the 100-meter hurdles title with a time of 12.67, after winning the 400-meter hurdles earlier in the championship with a school-record time of 54.55 … Harrison broke the school record in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking a 2010 collegiate-leading 12.61 en route to the Penn Relays championship … also won the ACC crowns in the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles … named ACC Women’s Track MVP honors for the outdoor season, the Penn Relays Women’s Individual Athlete of the Meet and has won the conference’s weekly award three times this year … USTFCCCA Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year


Kylie Hutson, Sr., Indiana State
Pole Vault, Terre Haute, Ind., Terre Haute North

INDOOR: Won a second-straight NCAA indoor pole vault title with a 2010 indoor collegiate-leading vault of 14-9 (4.50m), marking an Indiana State school record and the all-time record for the Missouri Valley Conference … Hutson cleared a total of seven heights at the NCAA meet and soared over 14-9 on her first attempt … Hutson was undefeated in eight competitions in 2010 and had five performances of over 14 feet, and the final three over 14-6 … in the Missouri Valley Conference, Hutson remained undefeated against conference opponents, winning her fourth straight MVC title with a conference record of 14-8¼ (4.48m) and was named the Most Outstanding Women’s Field Athlete in the conference for the second straight year … Hutson ended the indoor season ranked fourth among U.S. Women and 14th in the world … USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year.

OUTDOOR: Tallied her second-straight outdoor and fourth-straight overall NCAA pole vault crown with a vault of 14-7¼ (4.45m), setting an NCAA Championship meet record … Hutson set the Indiana State and Missouri Valley Conference all-time record with a 2010 collegiate-leading clear of 14-9½ (4.51m) at the Billy Hayes Invitational, a mark that stands third best all-time in collegiate history… also at the Billy Hayes, Hutson attempted a collegiate record 15-1½ (5.61m), but broke her pole (her second broken pole of the competition) on her second attempt with the pole fracture causing a cut on her left hand that required stitches … the injury kept Hutson out of the MVC Outdoor Championships where she was the three-time defending champion … the NCAA East Preliminary competition was her first since the injury and with just one clearance, she was able to advance … Hutson was undefeated among collegians once again … was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine All-Academic District V First Team and received the Indiana State Hillman Award as the top female senior athlete … USTFCCCA Great Lakes Region Field Athlete of the Year.


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

INDOOR: NCAA indoor champion in the women’s shot put, winning for the third consecutive year with a school-record toss of 61-0 (18.59m), which also goes down as the Georgian National Record in the women’s shot put … became just the second woman in NCAA history to capture three consecutive NCAA indoor shot put titles … finished her collegiate career having won 13 consecutive indoor shot put competitions dating back to the 2008 season … Bested her personal-record mark on three occasions during the 2010 indoor season … won the SEC Indoor Championship in the women’s shot put with a toss of 59-4¼ (18.09m) … each of Kevkhishvili’s marks during the 2010 indoor season were better than 18 meters (59-¾) … SEC Female Field Athlete of the Week on Jan. 19.

OUTDOOR: NCAA outdoor champion in the women’s shot put, becoming just the second woman in NCAA history to win five combined (indoor and outdoor) shot put championships over the course of her career … captured the NCAA outdoor championship with a toss of 59-5 (18.11m), tying for the school record of most career NCAA titles by one individual (5) … went undefeated against collegiate competition outdoors in each of her last two seasons … won her third SEC Outdoor Championship in the last four years with a toss of 159-0 (17.98m) … became the first person to win three SEC women’s shot put championships in her career since Crystal Brownlee of South Carolina won three in a row from 1996-98 … won the shot put at the prestigious Penn Relays with a winning throw of 59-7½ (18.17m)… claimed the women’s shot put at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic with a personal-record and 2010 collegiate-leading toss of 60-6¾ (18.46m) … named the USTFCCCA South Region Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year and SEC Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.


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

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 … USTFCCCA Midwest Track Athlete of the Year.

OUTDOOR: Swept NCAA crowns in the 5000 and 10,000 meters becoming only the fourth female in NCAA history to notch, the 5k-10k double, joining Amy Skieresz (Arizona, 1997-98), Stephanie Herbst (Wisconsin, 1986), and Betty Jo Springs (North Carolina State, 1983) … Koll’s 10k victory of 32:49.35 gave her the second NCAA title of the event in her career, cruising to victory after breaking from the pack at the 7000-meter mark to win by over 20 second … two days later, Koll returned for the 5000 and led nearly wire-to-wire in a 30-second, 15:23.80 victory, the third-fastest time recorded by a collegian … 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 … Went on to win Big 12 titles in both the 5000 and 10,000 meters and reset the 5000 meet record with a 15:22.42 clocking previously held by Sara Slattery of Colorado … USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Year … finalist for Honda-Broderick Cup, representing track & field.


Porscha Lucas, Sr., Texas A&M
Sprints, Plano, Texas, Plano HS

INDOOR: Lucas won her third-straight Big 12 title at 200 meters with a 23.12 clocking … At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Lucas did not make it out of the qualifying round after dealing with an injury for a majority of the indoor season … her 200-meter season best of 23.06 accomplished at home on January 16 was the third-best in the world in 2010.

OUTDOOR: Won the NCAA 200-meter crown for the second-straight time, becoming the first back-to-back winner since Juliet Cuthbert of Texas (1985-86) … Lucas clocked 22.83 in the NCAA final, but notched a 2010 collegiate-leading 22.49 in the national semifinal – the time is also fourth in the world in 2010 … was runner-up in the 100 meters, running a wind-aided 11.12 in the final and a wind-aided 11.07 in the semifinal … Lucas was again a member of the Aggies’ 4×100 relay that won the national crown for the fourth-straight year with her as the second leg … Lucas is the first female sprinter in NCAA history to run on four consecutive 4×100 relay championship teams … Lucas and the Aggies also won another Big 12 4×100 title … in addition, Lucas was runner-up in the 200 at the Big 12 Championships and fourth in the 100 meters … Lucas and 4×100 team clocked a world-leading 42.49 in the quarterfinal round (West finals) of the NCAA meet and to another Penn Relays crown … anchored the 4×200 team to a Texas Relays and Penn Relays title.


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

INDOOR: Defended her NCAA indoor title in the 400-meter dash, breaking a 19-year-old American record with a time of 50.54 and becoming the third two-time winner of the event, joining Maciel Malone of Arizona State (1990-91-92) and Suziann Reid of Texas (1998-99) … also set a school, meet and facility record with that time, which was the fastest in the world during the 2010 indoor season … named Most Outstanding Runner at the MEAC Indoor Championships, after winning 200 and 400, 4×400, and placing fourth in the 60 … ran a 52.83 in the 400-meter dash at the Armory New Balance Collegiate Invitational, finishing second … named the USTFCCCA National Female Track Athlete of the Year.

OUTDOOR: Won the NCAA title in the 400-meter dash, running a season-best and outdoor 2010 collegiate-leading 50.69 for first outdoor NCAA title … became the fifth female to win both indoor and outdoor NCAA titles … ran a 22.92 in the 200-meter dash at the Florida Relays, winning the event and setting a new school record … won the MEAC title in the 400-meter dash with a 53.39, while also helping the 4×400-meter relay team win the title with a 3:40.83… also finished second in the 200-meter dash (23.84) and the 4×100-meter relay (45.58) at league meet … named Hampton University Female Athlete of the Year.


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

INDOOR: NCAA Champion in the long jump and 60 meters … in the long jump notched a meet record, 2010 collegiate best and personal best mark of 22-6½ (6.87m) on third attempt to go with 22-5¼ (6.84m) mark on previous attempt … Okagbare also finished the season with the third-best long jump performance in the world … clocked 7.18 in the 60 at the NCAA meet to equal her own 2010 collegiate best and personal best … Okagbare matched former Texas great Marshevet Hooker (2006) as a sprint-jump double national champ … claimed titles in the 60m, 200m, triple and long jump at the Conference USA Championships to earn the Performance of the Meet and High Point Scorer of the Meet honors (40 points) … set new meet records in the triple jump and school and meet records in the 60m at the C-USA Championships … named C-USA Athlete of the Week three times during the season… went undefeated in all events competed throughout season … … tapped as USTFCCCA National Female Field Athlete of the Year … named the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Track Athlete of the Year, USTFCCCA Mountain Region Field Athlete of the Year, and Conference USA Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

OUTDOOR: Won NCAA titles in the long jump and the 100 meters, becoming the first in NCAA history to win the 100m-long jump double at the national outdoor meet … clocked an 11.21 in the semifinal for wind legal season best in the 100 and notched a wind-aided 10.98 in the finals for the all-conditions collegiate-leading mark of 2010 … in the long jump, won NCAA crown with 22-3½ (6.79m) leap, and notched season’s collegiate best mark of 22-7 (6.88m) in winning the Texas Relays with meet record … winner of the 100m and long jump at the Conference USA Championships … honored as the Conference USA Track and Field Athlete of the Year as well as picking up C-USA Championships Performance of the Meet and High Point Scorer of the Meet accolades … honored as the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Female Track Athlete of the Year … named a finalist for the Honda Sports Track and Field Woman of the Year Award.


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

INDOOR: Theisen added the NCAA pentathlon title 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 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.

OUTDOOR: Captured a second-straight national title in the heptathlon with NCAA meet win … Theisen notched a personal-best and Oregon school-record score of 6,094 points in defense of her crown, topping the field by over 400 points … during the NCAA competition, Theisen notched a new personal best and school record with a 13.39 run in the 100-meter hurdles … the score of 6,094 currently ranks seventh in the world thus far in 2010 and places Theisen ninth all-time in the event among collegians … Theisen also led off the Ducks’ 4×400-meter relay that captured the national title with photo-finish victory over Texas A&M … with a 53.7 split, Theisen helped Oregon to a 2010 collegiate best clocking of 3:28.54 … Theisen became the second from Oregon to win back-to-back Pac-10 titles in the heptathlon (Kelly Blair, 1993-94), scoring 5,917 … Theisen also won the heptathlon at the Texas Relays … USTFCCCA National Field Athlete of the Year.


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

INDOOR: Wright was a key to Tennessee’s runner-up team effort at the NCAA Indoor Championships … not only did she win the 800 meters, claiming her first NCAA individual triumph, she ran the 1200m leg on UT’s distance medley relay unit, playing a role for the third straight season in UT’s victory in that event … also was a double winner in those events at the SEC Indoor Championships, helping Tennessee break its own meet record in the DMR … the conference win in the 800, which came with the collegiate No. 2 indoor mark ever registered at 2:01.47, was the third in what would become a string of four straight SEC victories (indoors/outdoors) … for her performance, which included being 7-0 in the 800 and mile and carding the No. 5 all-time collegiate mark in the 500m at 1:09.70, she was chosen the SEC Indoor Women’s Runner of the Year.

OUTDOOR: Won all 10 of her individual contests in 2010, seven of them at 800 meters, en route to NCAA and SEC crowns at her specialty distance … became the fifth woman in NCAA history to sweep indoor and outdoor 800 crowns and is just the second SEC woman to claim all four indoor and outdoor conference and national crowns in the 800 in the same season … recorded the nation’s best readout in the 800 in 2010 and No. 13 all-time at 2:00.87, and finished the last two years with 25 wins in 27 college races at 800 meters … keyed the Lady Vols to three distance relay victories for the second year in a row at the Penn Relays … academically, the double major in biology carried a 3.96 GPA and was chosen ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV for the third time … named SEC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year and claimed the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for all sports, the highest distinction accorded by the SEC … USTFCCCA South Region Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.