Coburn, Saina, Gardner & Miller Rejoin Bowerman Watch List

Coburn, Saina, Gardner & Miller Rejoin Bowerman Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – A quartet of historic and world-leading sprinters and distance runners make their return to The Bowerman Watchlist with the May edition released Thursday.

Distance runners Emma Coburn of Colorado and Betsy Saina are back on the Watch List following historic performances at the Payton Jordan Invitational, while sprinters English Gardner of Oregon and Shaunae Miller of Georgia are back on the list with world-leading marks at 100 and 200 meters, respectively.

Coburn ran her first collegiate steeplechase race since winning the 2011 NCAA title — with an Olympic Finals appearance in between — claiming the Payton Jordan title in a world-leading 9:28.26, good for the third-fastest in-season collegiate time in history. Saina was likewise dominant in taking the 10,000 crown in 31:37.22 for the No. 3 in-season time in collegiate history.

Saina and Coburn weren’t the only distance runners making waves since the last Watch List, as Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino ran the third-fastest in-season 5000 meters in collegiate history with a 15:11.35 win at the Mt. SAC Relays, picking up right where she left off during the indoor season.

Gardner just missed becoming the sixth woman to dip under 11 seconds at 100 meters, winning the Mt. SAC Relays 100 in a world-leading 11.00 (+1.8m/s). At No. 6 on the all-time in-season collegiate performer list, she joins fellow Watch Listers No. 3 Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU — the reigning winner of the award — and UCF’s Octavious Freeman at No. 8 as members of the top 10. Not on the Watch List, Texas A&M’s Ashley Collier is also active this season and on the list at No. 7.

Miller has yet to run at 400 meters this outdoor season after claiming the event at the indoor championships, but the freshman has made at impact at 200 meters where she holds the third fastest all-conditions time in the world at 22.41 (+3.1m/s), which gives her the top NCAA qualifying time.

Not new to the Watch List are mainstays Duncan and Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett. Duncan makes her 18th appearance on the Watch List, giving her the second-most all time just ahead of Barrett with 16 in third. Oregon’s Brianne Theisen is the all-time leader with 22 appearances.


(Updated May 2, 2013. Listed in alphabetical order by last name.)

Brigetta Barrett SR Arizona High Jump Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Emma Coburn SR Colorado Distance Crested Butte, Colo.
Abbey D’Agostino JR Dartmouth Distance Topsfield, Mass.
Kimberlyn Duncan SR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
Octavious Freeman SO UCF Sprints Lake Wales, Fla.
English Gardner JR Oregon Sprints Voorhees, N.J.
Andrea Geubelle SR Kansas Jumps University Place, Wash.
Shaunae Miller FR Georgia Sprints Nassau, Bahamas
Brianna Rollins RS JR Clemson Hurdles Miami, Fla.
Betsy Saina RS SR Iowa State Distance Eldoret, Kenya



Brigetta Barrett, Arizona


Since Last Time: Second all time with 15 appearances on the Watch List. Has won 28 of 29 high jump events – indoors and outdoors – against collegians dating back to the beginning of the 2012 indoor season. Won the high jump at the Arizona-Arizona State-Northern Arizona double dual meet with a clearance of 6-4¼ (1.94m), tying Amy Acuff’s (UCLA) 1995 record. Won the Mt. SAC Relays high jump at 6-2¼ (1.89m). Her 6-4¼ clearance, which she also achieved earlier in the outdoor season, is the No. 2 mark in the world outdoors in 2013.

This Season: Won the Stanford Invitational high jump with a clearance of 6-4¼ (1.94m) in her only outdoor high jump of 2013. Won the NCAA Indoor high jump with a collegiate-leading 6-4¾ (1.95m) with only one miss through seven heights. Missed three attempts at the collegiate record at 6-6¼ (1.99m). Cleared a then-collegiate-leading 6-3¼ (1.91m) in her season debut at the Razorback Invitational. Won the MPSF high jump title with a clearance of 6-2 (1.88m). Finished runner-up in the Millrose Games high jump at 6-1½ (1.87m).


Emma Coburn, Colorado


This Season: Became the second collegiate woman under 9:30 in the 3000 steeplechase during a college season with a world-leading 9:28.26 win at the Payton Jordan Invitational — the third-fastest in-season performance in collegiate history. Joins former Bowerman winner Jenny Barringer (Simpson) as the only other woman to go sub-9:30 during the college season. Ran a 4:11.36 over 1500 meters at the Drake Relays 48 hours earlier, good for fifth among collegians this season. Last appeared on the post-indoor Watch List in mid-March.

This Season: Became just the second collegiate woman to run two sub-4:30.00 indoor miles. Won the NCAA Indoor mile title in 4:29.91, the seventh-fastest time in indoor collegiate history.  In her only other race this indoor season, she finished fourth and first among collegians in the Millrose Games’ Wanamaker Mile in 4:29.86, making her the fifth-fastest collegiate performer in the indoor mile all-time.


Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth


Since Last Time: the Mt. SAC Relays 5000 in 15:11.35 in her 2013 outdoor debut, making her the No. 3 in-season collegiate performer of all time and the second-fastest in the world outdoors in 2013. Has won or been the top collegian in 13 of her last 14 individual event finals, ranging from the 1000 to the 5000, dating back to the 2012 Mt. SAC Relays.

This Season: Completed just the third 3000/5000 meters double NCAA Indoor Championship by a woman in the history of the meet, and became the first American woman to do so. Won both events by more than five seconds, running an indoor career-best and world-leading 15:28.11 at 5000 meters and 9:01.08 at 3000 meters. Finished the season ranked with the fastest time at 3000 meters, No. 2 in the mile (4:30.03), No. 3 at 5000 meters and No. 4 at 1000 meters (2:45.42.) Claimed Ivy League Indoor titles in the mile and at 5000 meters. Has won 15 of 17 individual event finals, 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.


Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU


Since Last Time: Second all-time with 18 Watch List appearances. Won the 200 at the LSU Battle on the Bayou in 22.82 (-0.4m/s), placing her third among collegians in 2013. Won the 100 at the LSU Alumni Gold Open in 11.18 (+1.8m/s). Ran a leg of the winning sprint medley relay at the Penn Relays, winning by two seconds with a time of 3:44.26. Has won 22 of her past 23 finals at 200 meters against collegians

This Season: Ranked No. 2 at 100 meters (11.06w at Texas Relays win) and No. 9 at 200 meters at 23.26, with one attempt at each distance in the 2013 outdoor season. Won an NCAA Indoor title at 200 meters in 22.58, the ninth-fastest time in collegiate history, becoming the first sprinter – male or female – to win three straight NCAA titles indoors. Won 22 of her past 23 finals at 200 meters against collegians, edged out only once by fellow Watch Lister Aurieyall Scott of UCF by .04 at the Razorback Invitational. Reclaimed 2013’s fastest collegiate time at 200 meters with her SEC Championship-winning 22.54, placing her fifth on the all-time indoor collegiate performers list and giving her the sixth-fastest time in indoor college history. Unbeaten in finals at 60 meters this season with an SEC Championship and the nation’s second-fastest time at 7.16.


Octavious Freeman, UCF


This Season: Won the Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational in a wind-legal collegiate-leading 22.57 (+0.1m/s) — defeating 2011 Bowerman winner Jessica Beard. The time stands as the second-fastest wind-legal in the world so far in 2013. Won the 100 in 11.17 (+0.3m/s) and finished runner-up to teammate Aurieyall Scott at 200 meters in 23.79 (+0.2m/s) at the Arkansas Team Invitational.

This Season: Won the Pepsi Florida Relays 100 meters in a then-world-leading 11.02 (+1.2m/s), placing her No. 8 among all-time collegiate performers with the tenth-fastest wind-legal in-season race in collegiate history. Also won the Florida Relays 200 meters in 22.85, tying her for the 2013 outdoor collegiate lead. Finished third at both 60 and 200 meters during the NCAA Indoor Championships.


English Gardner, Oregon


Since Last Time: Won the elite section of the 100 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays in a world-leading 11.00 (+1.8m/s), making her the No. 6 in-season collegiate performer all-time. Ran a leg of the winning 4×400 relay team at the Penn Relays that set the Relays record with a 3:26.73, placing the team No. 10 all-time on the collegiate list. Finished runner-up at 200 meters in 23.32 (-2.1m/s) at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational. Last appeared on the post-indoor Watch List in mid-March.

This Season: Finished runner-up at 60  meters (7.15) at the NCAA Indoor Championships and ran a leg of the 4×400 relay that clinched an Oregon team championship from the first heat. Won the Millrose Games 60 in 7.19, defeating three Olympians in her season debut in the event. Claimed the MPSF title at 60 meters in 7.24, and ran a leg of the Ducks’ victorious 4×400 relay team. Is currently ranked third in a three-way tie at 60 meters. Has only lost once in 14 career finals between the indoor 60 and outdoor 100.


Andrea Geubelle, Kansas


Since Last Time: Finished third in the long jump at the Sun Angel Classic with a mark of 20-8½ (6.31m). Has focused primarily on sprint events so far in the outdoor season, having competed in the long jump and triple jump once each this spring and not since early April.

This Season: Jumped a collegiate-best 45-1¾ (13.76m) at the Texas Relays, and is No. 6 in the long jump at 20-8½ (6.31m), both of which are her only jumps competitions of the 2013 outdoor season. Has won 10 of her last 12 horizontal jumps events between the 2012-13 indoor and outdoor seasons, and 14 of her last 15 in the triple jump against collegians dating back to 2012 indoor. Won NCAA Indoor titles in both the long jump and triple jump, marking the first time since 2003 that double has been completed indoors. Won the triple jump with a collegiate-leading mark of 46-6¼ (14.18m), placing her fourth on the all-time collegiate performers list. She won all four competitions in the indoor long jump this season including wins at the NCAA Championships, Big 12 Championships and the Armory Collegiate Invitational where she posted a collegiate-leading jump of 21-11½ (6.69m), just a quarter inch shy of placing her among the top 10 collegians all-time. Won an individual title in the Big 12 triple jump, recording a mark of 44-3¼ (13.49m).


Shaunae Miller, Georgia


Since Last Time: Won the Georgia Spec Towns Invitational 200 in a wind-aided 22.41w (+3.1m/s), giving her the fastest NCAA qualifying time of the 2013 outdoor season and the third fastest outdoor all-conditions mark in the world. Won the 200 at the Auburn War Eagle Invitational in 22.61 (+1.2m/s), making her the second-fastest collegian this season. Won the 2013 u20 CARIFTA Games 200 in 20.77.

This Season: Won the NCAA Indoor title at 400 meters with a winning time of 50.88, making her the fifth-fastest performer in collegiate history and tying her for the No. 2 spot on the world list for 2013, just .03 off the world lead.. Beat two of the top 10 fastest performers in collegiate history in Arkansas’ Regina George (No. 8) and Illinois’ Ashley Spencer (No. 10) en route to becoming just the seventh collegiate woman to go sub-51.00 indoors, and the only woman to do so this season. Ran the 10th-fastest time in indoor collegiate history in the prelims, clocking in at 51.14.


Brianna Rollins, Clemson


Since Last Time: Won individual ACC titles in the 100 hurdles in 12.87 (-1.4m/s) and at 200 meters in 23.04 (+0.2m/s). Her 100 hurdles performance is the fastest wind-legal time among collegians this season, and ranks No. 5 in the world among wind-legal times.

This Season: Ran the fastest collegiate 100 hurdles time of 2013 with a 12.54 (+2.1m/s) at the Texas Relays, the fifth-fastest all-conditions collegiate performance of all time and at the time the world-leader. Owns five of the top 10 times in collegiate history in the 60 hurdles and the three fastest times in the world this season, including the collegiate record of 7.78. Won an NCAA Indoor title in the 60 hurdles with a 7.79 in the finals, giving her the second-fastest time in collegiate history, and qualified with a time of 7.82, giving her the third-fastest time in collegiate history. 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 nine of 10 60 hurdles finals dating back to her individual national championship in 2011. Owns seven of the eight fastest times in the nation this season. Claimed the ACC title in the 60 hurdles by nearly a quarter of a second with a 7.90 in the finals.


Betsy Saina, Iowa State


Outdoor: Won the Payton Jordan Invitational 10,000 meters in 31:37.22, giving her the second-fastest time in the world for 2013 and the No. 3 in-season time in collegiate history. Made her 2013 outdoor debut with a 15:12.05 5000 meters win at the Stanford Invitational, which was at the time the fourth fastest in-season performance in collegiate history (now fifth), and stands as the third-fastest in the world for 2013. Last appeared on the Watch List in March prior to the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Indoors: Finished runner-up over 5000 meters at the NCAA indoor championships (15:33.66) and fourth at 3000 meters (9:07.34). Ran a collegiate-leading 15:21.66 over 5000 meters at the Iowa State Classic – the fifth-fastest all-conditions time in indoor collegiate history (oversized track). Claimed Big 12 individual titles in the mile, 3000 and 5000.



Makeba Alcide SR Arkansas Combined Events Castries, St. Lucia
Tia Brooks RS SR Oklahoma Throws Grand Rapids, Mich.
Kori Carter JR Stanford Hurdles Claremont, Calif.
Georganne Moline SR Arizona Hurdles Phoenix, Ariz.
Ashley Spencer SO Illinois Sprints Indianapolis, Ind.
Vashti Thomas SR Academy of Art Hurdles/Jumps San Jose, Calif.

NOTE: Vashti Thomas is the first DII woman to either appear on the Watch List or receive mention since Semoy Hackett of Lincoln (Mo.) appeared on the preseason Watch List in 2010.



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