Rising Stars Duncan, Jelmini Now Among The Bowerman’s Women’s Watch

April 7, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS – LSU sophomore sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan and Arizona State redshirt freshman thrower Anna Jelmini was added to the women’s watch list for The Bowerman, the award’s watch list committee announced on Thursday.  Duncan, promoted from the receiving mention list, recorded a world-leading clocking of 22.76 over 200 meters last weekend at her home school’s invitational. Jelmini leads the collegiate ranks in the discus by over five feet in her first year in a collegiate uniform.

Miami (Fla.)’s Ti’erra Brown was also promoted to the watch list for the second time this year.

In addition, Central Missouri’s Lindsay Lettow was added to the “also receiving mention” list. Lettow, the USTFCCCA National Women’s Field Athlete of the Year in Division II, led the Jennies with 18 team points at the NCAA D-II Indoor Championships in March, scoring a championships-record score of 4,064 in the pentathlon for a national title. Lettow added a fourth-place national showing in the long jump and sixth-place performance in the 60-meter hurdles.


(updated April 7, 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.
Ti’erra Brown (P2) SR Miami (Fla.) Hurdles Hampton, Va.
Kimberlyn Duncan (P) SO LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
Jordan Hasay SO Oregon Sophomore Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Anna Jelmini (N) RS FR Arizona State Throws Bakersfield, Calif.
Tina Sutej JR Arkansas Pole Vault Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brianne Theisen SR Oregon Combined Events Humboldt, Sask.
Kim Williams SR Florida State Jumps Kingston, Jamaica

(P) – Promoted from “receiving mention” list this update
(P2) – Promoted to the watch list for a second time
(N) – New to either list this update


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

OUTDOOR: Has yet to compete.

INDOOR: 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)

OUTDOOR: Opened the season with a win at the LSU Invitational 400-meter dash in a collegiate-leading time of 51.55, taking victory by over a second-and-a-half. In addition, Beard anchored the Aggies to a collegiate-leading 43.16 clocking in the 4×100-meter relay in her outdoor opener.

INDOOR: 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)

OUTDOOR: Recorded a 100-meter time of 11.36 at South Carolina’s Weems Baskin Relays to begin the season. Brookins finished sixth overall in the 100 at the Florida Relays and ran on the squad’s 4×100 and 4×200 teams.

INDOOR: 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.


Ti’erra Brown, Miami (Fla.)
Senior, Hurdles, Hampton, Va. (Hampton HS)

OUTDOOR: Won the 400-meter hurdles at the Florida Relays in 56.91, a time that ranks in the NCAA’s top three so far this season.

INDOOR: Known mostly for her 400-meter hurdle prowess, Brown overall had a light indoor season. However, that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been competitive. At the ACC Indoor Championships, Brown placed second overall in the open 400, and won her section of the finals, in a time of 53.25.


Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
Sophomore, Sprints, Katy, Texas (Cypress Springs HS)

OUTDOOR: Duncan is off to a fast start in the 2011 outdoor season as she has set wind-legal PRs in both the 100-meter dash (11.31) and 200-meter dash (22.76). She is again the NCAA leader in the 200-meter dash at 22.76, while her time of 11.31 ranks No. 4 in the NCAA among wind-legal performances in 2011.

INDOOR: The NCAA Indoor 200-meter champion won four-straight 200-meter finals during the season, dating back to her win at the Tyson Invitational during the indoor season on Feb. 12. After setting an indoor personal record of 22.78 in winning her first career Southeastern Conference title at the SEC Indoor Championships, Duncan became the first Lady Tiger since 2004 to take home the NCAA Indoor crown in the event with her run of 22.85 at the national meet. In fact, her indoor PR of 22.78 is the world’s fastest indoor 200-meter time in three years since former Texas star Bianca Knight set the American indoor record of 22.40 at the 2008 NCAA Indoor Championships.


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

OUTDOOR: Has yet to compete.

INDOOR: 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.


Anna Jelmini, Arizona State
RS Freshman, Throws, Bakersfield, Calif. (Shafter HS)

OUTDOOR: Opened the season with a collegiate-leading, and top-ten world mark, of 198-5 (60.49m) in the discus at the Arizona State Invitational.

INDOOR: Placed fifth at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the shot put, improving from her 14th seed, with a personal-best throw of 56-½ (17.08m).


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

OUTDOOR: At the Razorback Spring Invitational, Sutej opened the outdoor campaign with a win and clearance of 14-1¼ (4.30m). Sutej also ran on the squad’s 4×100-relay team.

INDOOR: 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.


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

OUTDOOR: Has yet to compete.

INDOOR: 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)

OUTDOOR: Has yet to compete in the long or triple jumps. Williams ran in the open 200 meters at the Florida State Relays, clocking 24.55 for fourth overall.

INDOOR: 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.



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.
Colleen Felix JR Georgia Jumps St. Andrews, Grenada
Sheniqua Ferguson SR Auburn Sprints Nassau, Bahamas
Melissa Gergel SR Oregon Pole Vault Glenwood, Ill.
Semoy Hackett (D) JR LSU Sprints Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago
Amber Kaufman SR Hawai’i Jumps San Jose, Calif.
Liz Lawton SR Chicago Distance North Easton, Mass.
Lindsay Lettow (N) JR Central Missouri Combined Events Urbandale, Iowa
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.
Sheila Reid (D) JR Villanova Distance Newmarket, Ont.
Brianna Rollins 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.
Jeneba Tarmoh (D) JR Texas A&M Sprints San Jose, Calif.
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

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, May 5. The three men and three women finalists will be named late June.

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About The Bowerman

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the top male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. Oregon’s Ashton Eaton and Virginia Tech’s Queen Harrison are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.