Distance Star Jordan Hasay Moves to Bowerman Women’s Watch List

March 17, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS Oregon’s Jordan Hasay was added to the women’s watch list for The Bowerman, the award’s watch list committee announced on Thursday.  The Duck won national titles in the mile and 3000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships and anchored her team to a second-place finish in the DMR. Hasay became only the fifth person in NCAA women’s D-I history to notch the mile-3k double in a single championships.

In addition, Clemson’s Brianna Rollins was added to the “also receiving mention” list. The Tiger won the NCAA 60-meter hurdle title in a collegiate-season-best time of 7.96 and moved to the event’s all-time collegiate top ten.


(updated March 17, 2011, listed in alphabetical order, always ten names)

Jackie Areson SR Tennessee Distance Delray Beach, Fla.
Jessica Beard SR Texas A&M Sprints Euclid, Ohio
LaKya Brookins SR South Carolina Sprints Seneca, S.C.
Semoy Hackett JR LSU Sprints Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago
Jordan Hasay (P) SO Oregon Sophomore Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Sheila Reid JR Villanova Distance Newmarket, Ont.
Tina Sutej JR Arkansas Pole Vault Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jeneba Tarmoh JR Texas A&M Sprints San Jose, Calif.
Brianne Theisen SR Oregon Combined Events Humboldt, Sask.
Kim Williams SR Florida State Jumps Kingston, Jamaica

(P) – Promoted from “receiving mention” list this update
(N) – New to either list this update

Jackie Areson, Tennessee
Senior, Distance, Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic Community HS)

IN 2011: Areson won the NCAA indoor title at 5000 meters in 16:04.16, more than four seconds ahead of runner-up Mia Behm of Texas. Areson became the first Lady Vol to win a national crown at the distance. In addition, Areson placed fourth at the national meet at 3000 meters to score a total of 15 points for Tennessee’s tied seventh-place team finish (24 points).

At the SEC Indoor Championships, Areson brought conference titles to the Lady Vols in the 3000 meters and as anchor of the distance medley relay. Areson finished the season as the national leader in the 5000 meters with a clocking of 15:39.81 which was captured in winning the event at the Flotrack Husky Classic by nearly five full seconds. Areson’s 3000-meter run in winning the Penn State National in 9:01.91 ranked third in the NCAA this year.


Jessica Beard, Texas A&M
Senior, Sprints, Euclid, Ohio (Euclid HS)

IN 2011: Beard made the Aggie faithful stand up and cheer for her performances at the NCAA Indoor Championships. In the 400 meters, Beard would twice record the best collegiate-mark of the year with a 51.64 clocking in the preliminaries and would top it with a 50.79 world-leading time in winning the national crown. Beard would win the event by more than 1½ seconds for Texas A&M’s first women’s individual national indoor crown in school history. With the time, Beard moved to third all-time on the American indoor list and second all-time collegiately.

Beard also anchored the 4×400 team to their second national crown in three years with a 51.08 split, leading Texas A&M to a 3:29.72 clocking, the best in the NCAA this year and the eighth-best all-time.

Also during the indoor season, Beard won an unprecedented fourth-straight indoor Big 12 title at 400. Beard was named Big 12 Performer of the Year as she also scored second-place honors in the 200 meters at the conference meet and anchored the Aggies to a fifth-straight crown in the 4×400. Her season’s best 200 time of 22.95 ranked sixth in the NCAA. Beard finished the 2011 indoor season undefeated in the 400 meters.


LaKya Brookins, South Carolina
Senior, Sprints, Seneca, S.C. (Seneca HS)

IN 2011: Brookins won her second NCAA indoor 60-meter crown in 2011 by equaling the collegiate record of 7.09 in the event’s final. In addition, Brookins time ended the season as the world-leading time. In the preliminaries, Brookins would run a then-collegiate-leading time of 7.13. Brookins, who also won the title in 2009, becomes the first two-time winner of the event since LSU’s Muna Lee.

Coming into the NCAA meet, Brookins has the nation’s leading time in the 60 meters with a 7.14 run captured in winning the SEC title in the event. All told, Brookins won six-out-of-seven finals at the distance this year and has clocked sub-7.20 performances on six occasions, including the last five. Brookins also won 60-meter titles at the Tyson Invitational, the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, and the Texas A&M Challenge.


Semoy Hackett, LSU
Sprints, Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago (Bishop’s HS/Lincoln (Mo.))

IN 2011: In her first season as a Division I participant, Hackett placed sixth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 200 meters  (23.21) and eighth in the 60 (7.29).  In the 60-meter preliminaries, Hackett clocked a personal best of 7.22.

During the season, Hackeet achieved marks in the 60 and 200 that finished among the nation’s top seven in both events. Hackett finished runner-up in the SEC in both the 60 and 200.


Jordan Hasay, Oregon
Distance, Arroyo Grande, Calif. (Mission College Prep)

IN 2011: Hasay would lead Oregon to a national team title with a meet-high 22 points at the NCAA Indoor Championships, scoring individual national crowns in the mile and 3000 meters and as anchor of the Ducks’ runner-up DMR squad. Hasay became the fifth overall and first to win the national mile-3k double since Northern Arizona’s Johanna Nilsson in 2006. Hasay won the mile at the NCAA Championships in a personal-best 4:33.01, a mark that is among the all-time top ten of American collegians. In the 3000, Hasay outlasted Villanova’s Sheila Reid with a 9:13.71 run to avenge a previous head-to-head loss to Reid in the DMR the night before.

Hasay clocked a 9:05.42 season’s best in the 3000 at the UW Invitational in January. Hasay was also the mile champ at the MPSF Championships. Hasay was selected by the nation’s coaches as the USTFCCCA National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year.


Sheila Reid, Villanova
Junior, Distance, Newmarket, Ontario

IN 2011: The aforementioned Reid was impressive in leading the Wildcats to their first NCAA distance medley relay title since 1995 in anchoring the team to victory with a 4:29.91, 1600-meter split. The squad’s time of 10:52.52 turned out to be the second-best all-time DMR in history. Only Tennessee’s 2009 run of 10:50.98 has been better. Reid came back from the DMR run to finish runner-up the next evening in the 3000 meters by a slim margin to Hasay (9:13.71 to 9:13.86).

In one of the more impressive showings by anyone at a conference championship this year, Reid won three Big East titles this indoor season. Starting off, she was the winner of the 1000 meters in a very fast 2:43.70, was the third leg of the Wildcats’ winning DMR, and anchor of the squad’s 4×800 team that won a conference crown. Reid claimed the second-best mark among collegians this year in the 3000 meters, having run 8:56.92. At the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, Reid ran a would-be NCAA-leading mark in the mile with an impressive showing against a bevy of professionals, finishing third in that event with a 4:35.30 clocking.


Tina Sutej, Arkansas
Junior, Pole Vault, Ljubljana, Slovenia (Gimnazija Bezigrad)

IN 2011: Sutej topped the collegiate record in the pole vault with a clearance of 14-10¾ (4.54m) in winning the SEC title in the event. Sutej broke the 2002 record of Amy Linnen Undoubtedly the most consistent in the vault during the indoor season season, Sutej cleared more than 14-6 (4.42m) five times this season and won seven-straight events. In addition, Sutej won the national crown in the event, becoming the first from Arkansas to win an indoor NCAA pole vault title as the only to clear 14-7¼ (4.45m) at the national meet.


Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M
Junior, Sprints, San Jose, Calif. (Mt. Pleasant HS/Tennessee)

IN 2011: At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Tarmoh placed second overall in the 200 meters with a 22.88 clocking – a mark that would finish fourth-best in the 2011 collegiate season.  In addition, Tarmoh led off the Aggie 4×400-meter relay team that won their second national title in three years with a 3:29.72 clocking, the best in the NCAA this year and the eighth-best all-time.

Tarmoh was busy in the 2011 indoor season. Including relays and all rounds, Tarmoh contested 25 races in the 60, 200, and 4×400. Tarmoh was the Big 12 Champion in the 200 meters, runner-up in the 60, and helped the Aggies to another conference victory in the 4×400. Additional winning credits from 2011 include a victory in the 200 at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and in the 60 at the Texas A&M Conference Challenge on January 15.


Brianne Theisen, Oregon
Senior, Combined Events, Humboldt, Saskatchewan (Humboldt Collegiate Institute)

IN 2011: Theisen twice set the collegiate record in the pentathlon in 2011 and won her second-straight NCAA crown in the event. Her score of 4,540 bettered her previous all-time collegiate-best mark of 4,507 set in January at the UW Invitational and ranked among the world’s top five in the event for the season. Theisen would earn personal bests of 6-½ (1.84m) in the high jump and 2:11.82 in the 800 meters en route to this season’s national crown. In addition, Theisen has won ten-straight combined-event competitions against collegiate competition through the 2011 indoor season.

Theisen also scored at the NCAA meet for the second-straight year as a member of Oregon’s 4×400 relay team.

At the MPSF Championships, Theisen sat out the pentathlon, but competed in four other events, including leading-off the Ducks 4×400 to victory, placing second in the high jump, and third in the 60-meter hurdles.

Theisen was also named the USTFCCCA National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year.


Kim Williams, Florida State
Senior, Jumps, Kingston, Jamaica (Vere Technical HS)

IN 2011: Williams became the first in NCAA D-I women’s history to win the national title in the triple jump for a third time. Williams in the 2011 version, used a 45-9¾ (13.96m) mark on her final attempt to post the best mark among all collegians for the season. However, it was not easy as Williams posted fouls on her first two attempts in the competition, but notched a 43-1¾ (13.15m) in round three to secure a spot in the event’s finals. In addition, Williams placed second in the long jump at the NCAA Championships.

Williams also netted impressive performances in both long and triple jumps at the ACC Championships. In becoming the first in ACC Championship history to win an event for a fourth time, Williams triple jumped to a collegiate-leading mark of 45-9¾ (13.96m). In addition, the previous day, Williams won the ACC long jump title with a leap of 21-6 (6.55m) – a performance that finished the season ranked No. 2 in the NCAA for the indoor season.


The Bowerman Advisory Board appointed four of its members to comprise The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee and another four of its members to make up The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee. The committee will release their next women’s update on Thursday, April 7. The three men and three women finalists will be named late June.

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Nia Ali SR Southern California Combined Events Philadelphia, Pa.
Marie Louise Asselin SR West Virginia Distance Sarnia, Ont.
Joanna Atkins SR Auburn Sprints Stone Mountain, Ga.
Brigetta Barrett SO Arizona Jumps Duncanville, Texas
Gwen Berry SR Southern Illinois Throws St. Louis, Mo.
Ti’erra Brown (D) SR Miami (Fla.) Hurdles Hampton, Va.
Kimberlyn Duncan SO LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
Colleen Felix JR Georgia Jumps St. Andrews, Grenada
Sheniqua Ferguson SR Auburn Sprints Nassau, Bahamas
Melissa Gergel SR Oregon Pole Vault Glenwood, Ill.
Amber Kaufman SR Hawai’i Jumps San Jose, Calif.
Liz Lawton SR Chicago Distance North Easton, Mass.
Chantel Malone SR Texas Jumps/Sprints Tortola, British V.I.
Gabby Mayo JR Texas A&M Sprints/Hurdles Raleigh, N.C.
Chantae McMillan SR Nebraska Combined Events Rolla, Mo.
Lauryn Newson JR Oregon Jumps Richmond, Calif.
Holly Ozanich SR UW Oshkosh Throws Green Bay, Wis.
Ashton Purvis FR Miami (Fla.) Sprints Oakland, Calif.
Brianna Rollins (N) SO/FR Clemson Hurdles Miami, Fla.
Faith Sherrill SR Indiana Throws Ft. Wayne, Ind.
Karen Shump SO Oklahoma Throws Media, Pa.
Neely Spence JR Shippensburg Distance Shippensburg, Pa.
Kate Van Buskirk SR Duke Mid-Distance Brampton, Ont.
Lucy Van Dalen SR Stony Brook Distance Wanganui, N.Z.

(D) – demoted from the watch list this update
(N) – new to either list this update