The Bowerman Women’s Watch List Has Three New Members

March 1, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – In the latest update of The Bowerman Women’s Watch List, Texas A&M freshman Kamaria Brown, Washington sophomore Katie Flood, and Ohio State senior Christina Manning now appear.

Brown (Baton Rouge, La.) won the Big 12 title in the 200 meters in a world- and collegiate-leading 22.86 seconds last weekend and owns the two fastest times in the event this season. Flood (Des Moines, Iowa) has NCAA bests in the mile, 3000 meters, and as a member of Washington’s DMR squad this season. Manning (Waldorf, Md.) won Big Ten titles in the 60 dash and 60 hurdles last weekend and is the collegiate leader in the hurdles (7.95).

For the trio, it is a first-time appearance to the Watch List.

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2012 WOMEN

(updated March 1, 2012, listed in alphabetical order, always ten names)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Brigetta Barrett JR Arizona Jumps Duncanville, Texas
Kamaria Brown (N) FR Texas A&M Sprints Baton Rouge, La.
Kimberlyn Duncan JR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
Katie Flood (P) SO Washington Distance Des Moines, Iowa
Octavious Freeman FR UCF Sprints Lake Wales, Fla.
Jordan Hasay JR Oregon Distance Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Christina Manning (N) SR Ohio State Sprints/Hurdles Waldorf, Md.
Sheila Reid SR Villanova Distance Newmarket, Ont.
Tina Sutej SR Arkansas Pole Vault Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brianne Theisen SR Oregon Combined Events Humboldt, Sask.

(P) – Promoted from the “also receiving mention” list
(N) – new to either list

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Brigetta Barrett, Arizona – Barrett is so far 4-for-4 in the victories department this season in the high jump. But, more impressively she cleared 6-5½ (1.97m) on the way to winning the Razorback Invitational’s event in January. The leap is just one centimeter (half inch) from the collegiate record set in 2009 by Destinee Hooker. Barrett took attempts at 6-6¾ (2.00m) but missed all three. Barrett is No. 3 in the world on the performer’s list for the 2012 season. Barrett also won the MPSF title with a clear of 6-4 (1.93m). Barrett has made six clearances above 6-2 (1.88m) so far this season.

Kamaria Brown, Texas A&M – Brown as a freshman won the Big 12 title in the 200 meters in a world- and collegiate-leading 22.86 seconds. Brown owns the two fastest times in the collegiate ranks so far this year in the event, having also run 23.05 in the Big 12’s preliminary round. Brown also finished as the Big 12’s runner-up in the 400 meters, clocking a season best 52.60, which ranks third among NCAA performers this season. As a member of A&M’s 4×4, the squad finished second at the Big 12 meet.

Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU – Duncan won the 200-meter title and finished as runner-up in the 60 meters at the SEC Championships. Duncan clocked 23.07 (OT) in the 200-meter final to maintain the NCAA’s No. 2 seed in the event. Duncan has clocked sub-23.25 times in the 200 on five occasions. Duncan won 200-meter titles at the Tyson Invitational and New Balance Collegiate Invitational and has won 13-straight finals in the 200. In the 60 meters, Duncan’s season best of 7.26, carded in a runner-up Tyson Invite performance, places her as the NCAA’s No. 9 seed.

Katie Flood, Washington – Flood holds the NCAA’s No. 1 seed in three events — the mile, 3000 meters, and DMR. On her home oversized track, Flood has notched times of 4:28.48 (mile), 8:55.31 (3000m), and 10:55.01 (as anchor of DMR) this season. The DMR time is fifth all-time collegiately on all tracks, Flood’s mile time is fourth all-time collegiately on all tracks, and the 3000-meter time is in the collegiate all-time top ten on all tracks.

Octavious Freeman, UCF  – Freeman as a freshman owns the second-best 60-meter time among collegians this season with a 7.19 clocking made in winning the event at the Tyson Invitational. Freeman has four of the top ten 60-meter times among collegians this season  (7.23 or better). Freeman won the 60 meters and 200 meters at the Conference USA Championships.

Jordan Hasay, Oregon – Has recorded top-ten NCAA marks in the mile, 3000 meters, and 5000 meters this year. Notably, Hasay was the winner of the Mile at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge in January with a time of 4:37.29, ranking as fourth-best time this year on legal-size tracks. At the same meet, Hasay anchored the Ducks’ DMR team to victory in 10:56.31.

Christina Manning, Ohio State – Manning captured the 60 meter-60 hurdle double at the Big Ten Championships. With a 7.95 in the final of the 60 hurdles, Manning notched the collegiate-leading mark of the season. On five occasions this season, Manning has notched times of 8.07 or better in the hurdles. The time of 7.23 in the 60 dash places Manning in the top five among all collegiate performers this year in that event as well.

Sheila Reid, Villanova – Has yet to compete.

Tina Sutej, Arkansas – Sutej topped her own collegiate record in the pole vault last weekend with a clearance of 14-11 (4.55m) to win her fifth-consecutive overall SEC title in the event. Sutej has won five meets so far this season, continuing her indoor winning streak that now spans 12 meets and dates back to beginning of the 2011 season.

Brianne Theisen, Oregon – Theisen started the 2012 indoor season exactly the same she finished the 2011 indoor season – with a collegiate record in the pentathlon. In January, at Texas A&M’s Mondo Challenge, Theisen scored 4,555 points to top her own collegiate record of 4,540 set last year in winning the NCAA title. For Theisen, her last three pentathlons have been collegiate-record breaking performances. In that January pentathlon, Theisen also cleared 6-2 (1.88m) in the high jump – a performance that ranks tied for second among all collegians so far this season. Theisen’s 4,555 also broke the Canadian record of 4,550 that was set in 1982 and ranks No. 2 in the world for 2012. At the MPSF Championships, Theisen performed in individual events, scoring 22 points with a victory in the 400 meters, a second-place in the 60 hurdles, and fifth-place showing in the long jump.

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Tori Bowie SR Southern Miss Jumps/Sprints Sandhill, Miss.
Tia Brooks (D) RS JR Oklahoma Throws Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dezerea Bryant FR Clemson Sprints Milwaukee, Wis.
Emma Coburn (D) SR Colorado Distance Crested Butte, Colo.
Semoy Hackett SR LSU Sprints Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago
Anne Kesselring (D) JR Oregon Middle Distance Nürnberg, Germany
Ryann Krais SR Kansas State Combined Events Eagleville, Pa.
Julie Labonte JR Arizona Throws Ste-Justine, Quebec
Lindsay Lettow SR Central Missouri Combined Events Urbandale, Iowa
Jeneva McCall SR Southern Illinois Throws Dolton, Ill.
Abigail Schaffer SR Moravian Pole Vault Easton, Pa.
Vashti Thomas RS JR Academy of Art Hurdles/Jumps San Jose, Calif.
Lucy Van Dalen SR Stony Brook Distance Wanganui, N.Z.

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