First Regular-Season Women’s The Bowerman Watch List Announced

February 7, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - While yesterday’s The Bowerman Watch List for the men did not feature any new names, the first regular-season women’s list released by the Bowerman Watch List Committee Thursday features a number of newcomers.

After not being included in the preseason Watch List, Clemson hurdler Brianna Rollins quickly showed she not only belongs on the list, but may be at the top of it with her collegiate-record 7.78 season-opener in the 60 hurdles.

The Watch Listers combine for eight collegiate-leading marks, with Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino leading the way in two events. D’Agostino is the first student-athlete from the Ivy League to appear on the Watch List.

D’Agostino, Rollins, Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide and Kansas’ Andrea Geubelle each appear on the Watch List for the first time in their careers.

Reigning Bowerman winner Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU makes her 14th Watch List appearance and Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett her 12th – third- and fourth-most all-time, respectively.

With conference championships on tap prior to the next iteration of the Watch List, more strong performances from the current Watch Listers, honorable mention selections and student-athletes at large are surely in store.

 

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, FEBRUARY 2013 WOMEN

(Updated February 7, 2013. Listed in alphabetical order by last name)
NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Makeba Alcide SR Arkansas Combined Events Castries, St. Lucia
Brigetta Barrett SR Arizona High Jump Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Tia Brooks RS SR Oklahoma Throws Grand Rapids, Mich.
Abbey D’Agostino JR Dartmouth Distance Topsfield, Mass.
Kimberlyn Duncan SR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
English Gardner JR Oregon Sprints Voorhees, N.J.
Andrea Geubelle SR Kansas Jumps University Place, Wash.
Georganne Moline SR Arizona Hurdles Phoenix, Ariz.
Brianna Rollins RS JR Clemson Hurdles Miami, Fla.
Ashley Spencer SO Illinois Sprints Indianapolis, Ind.

QUICKLY – The Watch List

Makeba Alcide, Arkansas

This Season: Recorded the fourth-best pentathlon score in collegiate history with a 4,464 at the Razorback Invitational. Her score is the collegiate leader by more than 250 points. With a 6-2¼ (1.89m) clearance in the high jump component of that pentathlon, Alcide ranks third in the nation in the open high jump. Has set career-bests in all but one of the pentathlon components this season.

Last Season: Won the heptathlon at the pentathlon at the SEC Championships (4,126) and finished 14th with second-team All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the pentathlon (3,915). During the outdoor season she finished 13th in the heptathlon with second-team All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (5,52o). Earned bronze at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) U-23 Championships heptathlon with a score of 5,522. Scored a career-best 5,621 for third in the Drake Relays heptathlon.

Brigetta Barrett, Arizona

This Season: Has won 23 of 24 high jump events against collegians dating back to the beginning of the 2012 indoor season, and is undefeated indoors. Cleared a collegiate-leading 6-3¼ (1.91m) in her season debut at the Razorback Invitational.Is the only woman to have surpassed 6-3 this season.

Last Season: Was a finalist for The Bowerman in 2012 and semifinalist in 2011. Silver medalist at 2012 London Olympics in the high jump with a mark of 6-8 (2.03m), the all-time best mark by a collegiate woman. Won both the indoor and outdoor NCAA high jump titles in both 2012 and 2011, becoming the first woman in DI history to accomplish the feat. Has won 17 consecutive meets against collegians dating back to 2011, including two indoor Mountain Pacific Sports Federation high jump titles and two outdoor Pac-12 titles during that span.

Tia Brooks, Oklahoma

This Season: Has won seven of eight shot put events dating back to the 2012 indoor season. Launched a mark of 61-6¾ (18.76m) in her season debut at the J.D. Martin Invitational, giving her the collegiate lead and making her the only collegiate woman to surpass 60 feet. She has recorded three of the top four throws in the nation this season.

Last Season: Semifinalist for The Bowerman in 2012. Qualified for the 2012 London Olympics in the shot put. Won both the indoor and outdoor NCAA shot put titles in 2012, after finishing runner-up in both in 2011. An indoor PR of 62-4 (19.00m) makes her the second-best performer in the event in NCAA history, and is one of just two collegiate women all-time to throw farther than 62 feet. Ranked fourth among all Americans in 2012 in the shot put. Her outdoor championship-winning mark of 60-6 (18.44m) was the meet’s best mark since 1998, and she was the only student-athlete in the field to record any throws over 18 meters (59-¾) with four.

Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth

This Season: Has won 11 of 12 individual events, ranging from the 1500 to the cross country 6k, dating back to the 2012 outdoor season, including the 2012 cross country season, where she finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships. Is the current collegiate leader in both the mile and the 3000, and is third in the 1000. Ran a season-opening 4:34.15 (converted to 4:31.47 for track size) at the Dartmouth Relays, a then-nation-leading 2:45.42 in the 1000 a week later at the Yale, Dartmouth and Colombia Triangular; and most recently won the UW Invitational 3000 in 8:55.41.

Last Season: Became the first Dartmouth female to win an individual national championship with a title in the outdoor 5000 meters in 16:11.34. Finished fifth at the U.S. Olympics Team Trials 5000 meters with a career-best 15:19.98, missing out on an Olympics berth by two-tenths of a second. Is a five-time first-team All-American. Earned USTFCCCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.

Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU

This Season: Extended her streak of consecutive 200 meters finals victories to 18 with a then-collegiate-leading 23.15 in her lone 200 of the season at the Texas A&M Triangular. She is currently ranked second in the nation. Is undefeated in 60 meters finals this season with three wins, including the nation’s fastest time of 7.16 at the Armory Collegiate Invitational.

Last Season: Winner of the 2012 Bowerman, and a finalist in 2011. Will look to become the first two-time winner of the award. Won the 200 meters at both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships in 2011 and 2012, making her the first woman to accomplish that feat. Her outdoor NCAA 200 finals time was 22.19, fourth-best among Americans in 2012. Her contributions – not only in the 200, but also with a runner-up showing in the 100 – propelled LSU to a team national championship. She was untouchable in the 200 in 2012, winning all six finals indoor and four more outdoor, en route to an individual SEC Championship in the indoor and outdoor 200, and the outdoor 100, in which she ran a 10.96, making her the fifth-fastest American in the event in 2012. She also garnered USTFCCCA Outdoor National Track Athlete of the Year and Honda Sport Award honors for women’s track and field.

English Gardner, Oregon

This Season: Has yet to compete in 2012-13. Set to make debut at Millrose Games.

Last Season: Semifinalist for The Bowerman in 2012. Earned 2012 individual national championships in the 100 meters and the 60 meters, in addition to the outdoor 4×400 relay, helping Oregon to its third consecutive indoor national championship. Did not lose a collegiate final at any distance in 2012 en route to three Pac-12 individual titles (100, 200, 4×100 relay). Her 7.12 in the 60 at the 2012 Indoor National Championships is the fourth-fastest in collegiate history, and placed her fourth among Americans in 2012, and her 11.10 at the outdoor championships put her eighth among Americans. Qualified for the finals of the 100 at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trial.

Andrea Geubelle, Kansas

This Season: Extended her streak of triple jump victories against collegians to 10 of the past 12 dating back to the 2012 indoor season with a then-collegiate-leading mark of 44-1½ (13.45m) at the Jayhawk Classic. She is currently ranked second as one of two jumpers to surpass 44 feet. She is undefeated in the long jump this season in two events, including a win at the Armory Collegiate Invitational with a collegiate-leading jump of 22-11½, just a quarter inch shy of placing her among the top 10 collegians all-time.

Last Season: Finished third in the U.S. Olympics Team Trials with a mark of 45-3 (13.79m). Won the triple jump at the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships with a jump of 44-10¼ (13.67m), and won the 2012 Big 12 Championship in the triple jump both indoors and outdoors. Set the triple jump school record (45-5/13.84m) in a third-place effort at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Earned first-team All-America honors in both the indoor and outdoor long jump in 2012.

Georganne Moline, Arizona

This Season: A 400 hurdler building strength for the outdoor season. Ran the eighth-fastest 400 meters in the nation this season (53.27) in a fifth-place season-debut showing at the Razorback Invitational. Is the anchor of the sixth-fastest 4×400 relay team in the nation at 3:36.35.

Last Season: Finished fifth in the 400 hurdles final with a school-record 53.92 at the 2012 London Olympics as the youngest competitor in the field, making her the second-fastest American woman of 2012. Finished runner-up at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. After redshirting the indoor season, she went undefeated in the outdoor season until a fall in the preliminary rounds of the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Championships caused her to miss the final. Earned 2012 All-American honors in the 4×400 relay with a sixth-place finish outdoors. Won 2012 Pac-12 individual championships in the 400 hurdles and the 4×400 relay.

Brianna Rollins, Clemson

This Season: Broke the all-time collegiate record in the 60 hurdles in her season debut, scorching to a 7.78 and becoming the first collegiate woman to dip under 7.80. Beat the previous record of 7.84 held by USC’s Virginia Powell since 2006. Has won eight of nine 60 hurdles finals dating back to her individual national championship in 2011.Owns the three fastest times in the nation this season – all faster than 8.0 – and is the only collegian to run faster than 8.10. Clocked the nation’s fifth-fastest 200 in winning the Armory Collegiate Invitational at 23.22.

Last Season: Finished runner-up in the indoor 60 hurdles and outdoor 100 hurdles at the 2012 NCAA Championships, following an indoor 60 hurdles individual national championship in 2011. Ran a pair of 7.93′s in the prelims and finals of the 2012 Indoor Championships, both of which placed her among the top 10 performers all-time in the event. Won the ACC Championship in the 60 hurdles (8.07). Finished sixth in the U.S. Olympics Team Trials in the 100 hurdles in a school-record 12.70. Won the gold medal in the 100 hurdles at the NACAC U-23 Championships with a wind-aided 12.60.

Ashley Spencer, Illinois

This Season: Ran 23.42 in her season-opening 200 meters at the Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational for a runner-up finish. Currently ranked ninth in Division I in the 200, having not made her season debut in the 400.

Last Season: Semifinalist for The Bowerman in 2012. Won the 400 meters at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in a then-collegiate-leading 50.95, making her the first freshman to win the event since Sanya Richards (-Ross) of Texas in 2003. Won two golds at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in the 400 and the 4×400 relay. Her time of 50.50 in the IAAF 400 made her the fourth-fastest American of 2012 and the 16th-fastest in the world. After one academic year already owns six school records and has won six Big Ten individual championships. Earned All-America honors in the indoor 200 meters with a sixth-place finish. Was the Big Ten Track Athlete of the Championships and the Freshman of the Year both indoors and outdoors.

Also Receiving Mention

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Dezerea Bryant SO Clemson Sprints Milwaukee, Wis.
Katie Flood JR Washington Distance Des Moines, Iowa
Felisha Johnson SR Indiana State Throws Indianapolis, Ind.
Morgann Leleux SO Georgia Pole Vault New Iberia, La.
Betsy Saina RS SR Iowa State Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Aurieyall Scott JR UCF Sprints Greenbelt, Md.
Emily Sisson JR Providence Distance Chesterfield, Mo.
Shelbi Vaughan FR Texas A&M Throws Mansfield, Texas

 

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.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

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.