Kansas’ Diamond Dixon Now on The Bowerman Watch

May 31, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – The collegiate track & field season is nearing its end as next weekend’s conclusion to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will close the book on what has been an exciting six months in the sport. The final watch list for The Bowerman – collegiate track & field’s biggest honor – has been released, and Kansas’ Diamond Dixon has been added to the group of ten athletes to keep attention to as the season draws to the end. In addition, Oregon’s English Gardner returns to the watch list for the second time this season.

Dixon, a sophomore, won the NCAA indoor crown in the 400 meters in March and has the second-fastest outdoor time (51.09) among the collegiate ranks this year. Dixon claimed Big 12 titles both indoors and out in the event this season and helped Kansas to 4×400 relay crown in both league meets. The Jayhawks’ relay took third at the NCAA indoor meet and is ranked No. 1 for the outdoor season. Dixon is making her first-ever appearance on the watch list.

Ten women’s semifinalists for The Bowerman will be announced on Tuesday, June 19 and three finalists will be announced on Friday, June 29. The winner of The Bowerman will be presented on December 19 in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The three finalists will be invited to take part in the award ceremony.

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2012 WOMEN

(updated May 31, 2012, listed in alphabetical order, always ten names)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Brigetta Barrett JR Arizona Jumps Duncanville, Texas
Tia Brooks RS JR Oklahoma Throws Grand Rapids, Mich.
Diamond Dixon (N) SO Kansas Sprints Houston, Texas
Kimberlyn Duncan JR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
English Gardner (P) 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

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Brittany Borman SR Oklahoma Throws Festus, Mo.
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 SR Villanova Distance Newmarket, Ont.
Betsy Saina SR Iowa State Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Abigail Schaffer SR Moravian Pole Vault Easton, Pa.
Ashley Spencer FR Illinois Sprints/Hurdles Indianapolis, Ind.
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 date also listed)

By Student-Athlete

THEISEN, Brianne (Oregon)

22

5/31/12

SUTEJ, Tina (Arkansas)

15

5/31/12

WILLIAMS, Kim (Florida State)

15

6/2/11

DUNCAN, Kimberlyn (LSU)

12

5/31/12

BEARD, Jessica (Texas A&M)

11

6/2/11

By Institution

Oregon

37

5/31/12

Texas A&M

26

3/1/12

LSU

17

5/31/12

Arkansas

15

5/31/12

Florida State

15

6/2/11

By Current Conference

SEC

60

5/31/12

Pac-12

58

5/31/12

Big 12

41

5/31/12

ACC

28

6/2/11

Conference USA

10

5/17/12

Big East

10

3/15/12

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Florida State’s Ngoni Makusha and Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard 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.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.