The Bowerman: 2018 Women’s Preseason Watch List

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The winner of collegiate track & field’s highest honor will not be named until mid-December at the next USTFCCCA Convention, but a slew of talented women will look to etch their names into the history books this season.

On Monday, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the The Bowerman 2018 Women’s Preseason Watch List, which features 10 of the best women’s track & field athletes in the NCAA.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2018 Women’s Preseason Update

(Click student-athletes’ names for their TFRRS page)

Mikiah Brisco SR LSU Sprints/Hurdles Baton Rouge, La.
Maggie Ewen RS SR Arizona State Throws St. Franics, Minn.
Mady Fagan SR Georgia High Jump Los Gatos, Calif.
Lexi Jacobus JR Arkansas Pole Vault Cabot, Ark.
Sydney McLaughlin FR Kentucky Hurdles/Sprints Dunellen, N.J.
Keturah Orji SR Georgia Jumps Mount Olive, N.J.
Raven Saunders SR Mississippi Throws Charleston. S.C.
Karissa Schweizer SR Missouri Distance Urbandale, Iowa
Ariana Washington RS JR Oregon Sprints Signal Hill, Calif.
Sammy Watson FR Texas A&M Mid-Distance Rochester, N.Y.
Also Receiving Votes: Taliyah Brooks (Arkansas), Jasmine Camacho-Quinn (Kentucky), Hannah Cunliffe (Oregon), Kendall Ellis (Southern California), Ednah Kurgat (New Mexico)
NEXT: February 7

Eight of those women hail from the SEC: LSU’s Mikiah Brisco, Georgia’s Mady Fagan and Keturah Orji, Kentucky’s Sydney McLaughlin, Arkansas’ Lexi Jacobus, Mississippi’s Raven Saunders, Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer and Texas A&M’s Sammy Watson. The remaining two women come from Pac-12 programs: Maggie Ewen of Arizona State and Ariana Washington of Oregon.

The Preseason Watch List is heavy on the veteran side. A year ago, a combined ten individual NCAA titles were claimed by the group during the indoor and outdoor seasons. Three of the women – Ewen (2017), Orji (2016 and 2017) and Saunders (2016) – have been finalists for The Bowerman in the past, marking the first time that has ever occurred in the history of The Bowerman.

Fagan, Orji and Schweizer all secured multiple national titles a season ago. Fagan picked up the indoor and outdoor high jump championships, while her fellow Bulldog teammate Orji won both the indoor and outdoor triple jump titles, in addition to finishing second in the long jump during the outdoor campaign. Schweizer was a beast on the track, winning both the indoor and outdoor 5000-meter championships. The Urbandale, Iowa, native was also the runner-up in the 3000 meters indoors.

Brisco elevated her status on the track & field circuit after swooping in and taking home the outdoor 100m title with a time of 10.96 last year in Eugene. She is joined on the list by another outdoor title winner in Ewen, who took home the championship in the hammer throw with a collegiate record-setting performance. Ewen also posted a runner-up finish in the discus.

During the indoor season, Washington and Saunders both put their names in the history books with title-clinching performances. Saunders notched the collegiate indoor record in the shot put to win a national championship in College Station, while Washington took home the title in the 200 meters. Both had success during the outdoor season as well, with Washington finishing second in the 200 meters while Saunders posted a fourth-place finish in the shot put.

Jacobus was the runner-up in the pole vault during the outdoor championships in addition to finishing seventh during the indoor campaign.

On the flipside, there are rookies on the Watch List, as well. McLaughlin and Watson are now the first freshman in the history of The Bowerman to be named to the Women’s Preseason Watch List. Watson is also the youngest, by age, to be named to the Watch List.

The duo set the world on fire during their pre-collegiate years, with McLaughlin earning a spot on the American Olympic track & field squad during the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as the youngest to make USA’s team since 1980, while Watson broke the high school and junior indoor record in the 800 meters that had stood for 43 years.  

Also receiving votes was Arkansas’ Taliyah Brooks, Kentucky’s Jasmine Camacho-Quinn, Oregon’s Hannah Cunliffe, Southern California’s Kendall Ellis and New Mexico’s Ednah Kurgat.  

The next Watch List will be announced on February 7.

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