Oklahoma’s Brittany Borman is the Latest to be Added to Women’s Bowerman Watch

April 12, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – Oklahoma’s Brittany Borman was added to the The Bowerman Women’s Watch List the award’s committee announced on Thursday. Borman notched an American- and collegiate-leading throw in the javelin last weekend that also ranks among the collegiate all-time top ten. At the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State last weekend, Borman won the javelin with a collegiate-leading mark of 194-11 (59.42m) and leads the NCAA by more than 17 feet.

Borman, making her first career appearance on the watch, is one of three throwers to be in the list’s group of ten. Borman joins teammate and fellow thrower Tia Brooks on the watch list.

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2012 WOMEN

(updated April 12, 2012, listed in alphabetical order, always ten names)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Brigetta Barrett JR Arizona Jumps Duncanville, Texas
Brittany Borman (N) SR Oklahoma Throws Festus, Mo.
Tia Brooks RS JR Oklahoma Throws Grand Rapids, Mich.
Kimberlyn Duncan JR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
English Gardner SO Oregon Sprints Voorhees, N.J.
Whitney Gipson SR TCU Sprints/Jumps Newark, Texas
Christina Manning SR Ohio State Sprints/Hurdles Waldorf, Md.
Jeneva McCall SR Southern Illinois Throws Dolton, Ill.
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 – OUTDOOR: Barrett holds the title of world-leader in the high jump, having cleared 6-4¾ (1.95m) last weekend at the Stanford Invitational. Barrett leads the collegiate ranks by over three inches and is now among the all-time top ten outdoor collegiate performers in the event. In two outdoor competitions, she’s won both and cleared at least 6-4¼ (1.94m) on both occasions. Dating back to the 2011 outdoor season, Barrett has won 12 collegiate competitions.

INDOOR: Barrett completed a perfect indoor season in the high jump, winning all five contests in which she was entered, including the NCAA Championships where she won for the second-straight year. Barrett is the first to win back-to-back indoor high jump crowns since Georgia Tech’s Chaunte Howard (2004-05).

Barrett’s season’s best in the event occurred when she cleared 6-5½ (1.97m) on the way to winning the Razorback Invitational’s event in January. The leap was just one centimeter (half inch) from the collegiate record set in 2009 by Destinee Hooker. Barrett took attempts at the collegiate record at both the Razorback and NCAA meets. Barrett finished No. 3 on 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 made eight clearances at 6-2 (1.88m) or above during the indoor season.

Brittany Borman, Oklahoma – OUTDOOR: Last weekend, Borman won the javelin at the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State with a collegiate-leading mark of 194-11 (59.42m). Not only does Borman lead the collegiate ranks by over 17 feet in the early part of the season, but she is also now an all-time top ten performer in the event in collegiate history (No. 7). Borman is also the American leader in the javelin this season. Borman was the winner of the discus at the Texas Relays.

INDOOR: Did not compete.

Tia Brooks, Oklahoma – OUTDOOR: Has yet to compete.

INDOOR: Brooks won the NCAA shot put title with a fantastic series that included three throws over 60 feet and the best in round five that sailed to 62-4 (19.00m). The mark places Brooks second on the all-time collegiate indoor performers list and was the best throw by a collegian since 2004. Brooks also claimed the Big 12 title in the shot with a mark of 60-6¾ (18.46m).

Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU – OUTDOOR: Has yet to compete in the 200 meters this season – the event where she has won three-straight NCAA titles combining indoor and outdoor. But, in the 100 meters, she clocked a wind-aided (3.0) 10.94 to win the collegiate division of the event at the Texas Relays, claiming the second-fastest all-conditions time in the world this year. The time is also among the all-time top-ten all-conditions collegiate marks. Duncan also helped LSU to a Texas Relays sweep of the 4×100, 4×200, and sprint medley relay.

INDOOR: Duncan notched her second-consecutive NCAA indoor title in the 200 meters with a 2012 world-best time of 22.74. Duncan became the first to win back-to-back national indoor crowns in the event since LSU’s Muna Lee (2002-03). Duncan also claimed an eighth-place finish at the national championships in the 60 meters.

Duncan won the 200-meter title and finished as runner-up in the 60 meters at the SEC Championships. Duncan notched sub-23.25 times in the 200 on seven occasions. Duncan won 200-meter titles at the Tyson Invitational and New Balance Collegiate Invitational and has now won 14-straight finals in the 200. In the 60 meters, Duncan had a season best of 7.26, carded in a runner-up Tyson Invite performance.

English Gardner, Oregon – OUTDOOR: Has yet to compete in the 100 meters this outdoor season. She won the 200 meters at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational in 23.24, ranking in the collegiate top ten this season.

INDOOR: Gardner won the NCAA 60-meter title with a 2012 collegiate-best time of 7.12. In the meet’s preliminary, Gardner matched her then-collegiate-leading time of 7.17. Gardner’s 7.12 places her third on the all-time collegiate performers list in the event, behind only Lakya Brookins and Angela Williams (7.09). Gardner ran 7.20 or better in the 60 on four occasions during the 2012 indoor season.

Whitney Gipson, TCU – OUTDOOR: Placed third overall in the long jump at the Texas Relays with a wind-aided best of 21-10¾ (6.67m).

INDOOR: Gipson had a breakthrough performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships where she won the long jump with a collegiate-record-equaling best of 22-8 (6.91m). Gipson tied the 2002 collegiate record set by Auburn’s Elva Goulbourne in the championships’ fifth round and finished the season No. 4 on the world’s indoor performance list. In addition, Gipson had a total of three jumps of 6.20 meters (20-8) and four over 20 feet in the series at the NCAA meet. Gipson was also impressive at the Mountain West Championships where she won with a leap of 21-10¾ (6.67m) and notched three jumps over 6.50 meters (21-3¾).

Christina Manning, Ohio State – OUTDOOR: Moved into the collegiate all-time top ten with a winning time of 12.68 at Arizona’s Jim Click Shootout, a time that also stands as the American- and collegiate-leading mark. Also won the 100 dash at the Jim Click Shootout in 11.43 which ranks among the collegiate top 15 this season.

INDOOR: Manning won the NCAA indoor title in the 60 hurdles with a blazing time of 7.91, the fourth-best performance in collegiate history. Along with a 7.98 clocking in the national preliminary, Manning ended the season with four-straight sub-eight-second performances. Manning also placed fifth at the national championships in the 60 meters.

Manning also captured the 60 meter-60 hurdle double at the Big Ten Championships during the indoor campaign where she clocked her season best in the 60 dash of 7.23. 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.

Jeneva McCall, Southern Illinois – OUTDOOR: McCall is the collegiate-leader in three events: shot put, discus, and hammer. She became an all-time top ten collegiate performer in the hammer with a  throw of 227-8 (69.39m) to win Vanderbilt’s Black and Gold Invitational. She leads the NCAA in the hammer by more than four feet. In the shot put, her best of the year of 58-3¾ (17.77m) is also the American-leader this year. She leads the NCAA discus ranks by four feet with a season’s best of 192-9 (58.75m).

INDOOR: McCall won the NCAA indoor title in the weight throw and finished as the meet’s runner-up in the shot put. McCall moved to No. 4 on the all-time collegiate performers list this season with the weight with a season’s best of 77-11½ (23.76m). McCall recorded, at least, the top 15 throws among all collegians with the weight, showing a complete dominance of the event in the 2012 indoor season. McCall notched a personal best of 58-11½ (17.97m) in the shot put for the second-place national finish.

Tina Sutej, Arkansas – OUTDOOR: She won her seventh-straight overall competition with a collegiate-leading vault of 14-11 (4.55m) at the Texas Relays. She went on to make attempts at 15-1¾ (4.62m) to top her own collegiate record.

INDOOR: Sutej topped her own collegiate record in the pole vault at the SEC Indoor Championships with a clearance of 14-11 (4.55m) to win her fifth-consecutive overall conference title in the event. Sutej won six meets during the indoor season, which includes a second-straight national title, continuing her indoor winning streak that now spans 13 meets and dates back to beginning of the 2011 season.

Brianne Theisen, Oregon – OUTDOOR: Has not completed a heptathlon this outdoor season. Her season’s best in the 100 hurdles, a wind-aided 13.21, ranks among the NCAA’s current top 15 seeds.

INDOOR: Theisen capped off her indoor season with a third-straight NCAA crown in the pentathlon (4,536). Theisen joined Arizona State’s Jacquelyn Johnson (2006-07-08) as the only three-time champions in the event. Earlier in the season at the Texas A&M Challenge in January, Theisen broke her own collegiate record in the pentathlon for the third time with a tally of 4,555. In that event’s high jump portion, Theisen cleared 6-2 (1.88m) in the high jump and finished the season tied for second among all collegians with that mark. Theisen’s 4,555 also broke the Canadian record of 4,550 that was set in 1982.

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.
Kamaria Brown FR Texas A&M Sprints Baton Rouge, La.
Dezerea Bryant FR Clemson Sprints Milwaukee, Wis.
Emma Coburn SR Colorado Distance Crested Butte, Colo.
Katie Flood SO Washington Distance Des Moines, Iowa
Octavious Freeman FR UCF Sprints Lake Wales, Fla.
Semoy Hackett SR LSU Sprints Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago
Jordan Hasay JR Oregon Distance Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Emily Infeld SR Georgetown Middle Distance University Hts., Ohio
Anne Kesselring 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
Sheila Reid (D) SR Villanova Distance Newmarket, Ont.
Betsy Saina SR Iowa State Distance Eldoret, Kenya
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.

(D) – Demoted from the watch list
(N) – new to either list

ALL-TIME WATCH LIST APPEARANCES

(last appearance’s date also listed)

By Student-Athlete

THEISEN, Brianne (Oregon)

19

4/12/12

WILLIAMS, Kim (Florida State)

15

6/2/11

SUTEJ, Tina (Arkansas)

12

4/12/12

BEARD, Jessica (Texas A&M)

11

6/2/11

REID, Sheila (Villanova)

10

3/15/12

By Institution

Oregon

33

4/12/12

Texas A&M

26

3/1/12

Florida State

15

6/2/11

LSU

14

4/12/12

Arkansas

12

4/12/12

By Current Conference

SEC

54

4/12/12

Pac-12

51

4/12/12

Big 12

36

4/12/12

ACC

28

6/2/11

Big East

10

3/15/12

 

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