Freeman Returns to The Bowerman Women’s Watch List

May 3, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – Freshman Octavious Freeman of UCF returns to The Bowerman Women’s Watch List the award’s watch list committee announced on Thursday. Freeman returns to the grand list of ten vying for the top award in collegiate track & field after tallying some of the best performances in the world this year in the 100 and 200 meters. This is Freeman’s second appearance on the watch list this season.

Freeman is the collegiate leader in the 200 meters, having clocked 22.80 to win the event at the Florida Relays. In the 100 meters, Freeman owns the second-best wind-legal collegiate time (11.10) from a sweep of the short-sprint events at the Pepsi Relays. The 100-meter time ranks third in the world this year while the 200-meter clocking is in the world’s top ten this year. At the Penn Relays, Freeman led UCF to a third-place showing in the 4×100.

The next updates to The Bowerman Watch List will occur after the conclusion of the regular season – May 16 (men) and May 17 (women). The NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin May 24-26 with preliminary rounds in Austin, Texas and Jacksonville, Fla. The national championships for Division I will conclude June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.


(updated May 3, 2012, listed in alphabetical order, always ten names)

Brigetta Barrett JR Arizona Jumps Duncanville, Texas
Brittany Borman SR Oklahoma Throws Festus, Mo.
Tia Brooks RS JR Oklahoma Throws Grand Rapids, Mich.
Kimberlyn Duncan JR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
Octavious Freeman (P) FR UCF Sprints Lake Wales, Fla.
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 leads the collegiate ranks by over three inches with a season’s best jump of 6-4¾ (1.95m) and is now among the all-time top ten outdoor collegiate performers in the event. In four outdoor competitions, she won each and cleared at least 6-4 (1.93m) on all occasions. Dating back to the 2011 outdoor season, Barrett has won 14 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: Borman won the javelin at Arizona State’s Sun Angel Classic in early April 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 also the javelin champ at the Drake Relays. With the discus, Borman has marked 182-11 (55.77m) to rank in NCAA’s top ten this season. In addition, Borman was the winner of the discus at the Texas Relays.

INDOOR: Did not compete.

Tia Brooks, Oklahoma – OUTDOOR: At the Drake Relays, Brooks won the shot put title with a collegiate-leading throw of 60-7¼ (18.47m). In her only other shot put competition of the outdoor season thus far, Brooks finished third overall and as the second-best collegian at the Mt. SAC Relays.

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: Duncan has only once competed in the 200 meters this season – the event where she has won three-straight NCAA titles combining indoor and outdoor. At LSU’s Alumni Gold meet, Duncan clocked an all-conditions collegiate best this season with a 22.55 clocking (4.9 m/s wind). The time is also the second-fastest all-conditions time in the world this year. In the 100 meters, she is the current world leader as a result of an 11.05 run to win the LSU Alumni Gold meet. Duncan also holds the NCAA’s No. 1 seed with a wind-aided time of 10.94, gained in winning the event at the Texas Relays. In relays, Duncan helped LSU to a Texas Relays sweep of the 4×100, 4×200, and sprint medley relay and was named the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet for her efforts. At the Penn Relays, Duncan and LSU won the 4×200 relay and finished runner up in the 4×100 and sprint medley.

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.

Octavious Freeman, UCF – OUTDOOR: Freeman is the collegiate leader in the 200 meters, having clocked 22.80 to win the event at the Florida Relays. In the 100 meters, Freeman owns the second-best wind-legal collegiate time (11.10) from a sweep of the short-sprint events at the Pepsi Relays. The 100-meter time ranks third in the world this year while the 200-meter clocking is in the world’s top ten this year. At the Penn Relays, Freeman led UCF to a third-place showing in the 4×100.

 INDOOR: Freeman was second in the 60 meters (7.15) and fourth in the 200 meters (23.18) at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Freeman swept 60-200 titles at the Conference USA Championships and was the 60-meter winner at the Tyson Invitational. Her best of the season in the 60 of 7.15 was second-best among collegians during the season and she three time ran 7.20 or better during the season. Freeman also now ranks seventh on the all-time collegiate performers list in the 60 meters. In the 200, she twice ran season bests of 23.18 – both occurring at the NCAA Championships.

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) to currently sit as the No. 2 NCAA seed. Gipson holds a wind-legal best of 21-8¾ (6.62m), a mark that ranks fourth in the world this year, which also occurred at the Texas Relays. Gipson was the long jump winner at the Penn Relays.

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 and has her as the No. 2 performer in the world this year. She also won the 100 dash at the Jim Click Shootout in 11.43 which ranks among the collegiate top 25 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 discus and in the NCAA’s top four in the hammer (second) and shot put (fourth). 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. In the shot put, her best of the year of 58-3¾ (17.77m) ranks fourth among collegians this year. She leads the NCAA discus ranks by nearly a foot with a season’s best of 195-0 (59.45m). McCall won the hammer throw at the Drake Relays and has not lost to a collegian in the event this year.

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 has won nine-straight pole vault competitions and captured her 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 at the Texas Relays. Sutej also won the Drake Relays title.

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.


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
English Gardner (D) SO Oregon Sprints Voorhees, N.J.
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 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


(last appearance date also listed)

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THEISEN, Brianne (Oregon)



WILLIAMS, Kim (Florida State)



SUTEJ, Tina (Arkansas)



BEARD, Jessica (Texas A&M)



DUNCAN, Kimberlyn (LSU)



REID, Sheila (Villanova)



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