The Bowerman: 2019 Women’s Pre-NCAA Indoor Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – With the running of 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships just around the corner, now is the perfect time to look at the Pre-NCAA Indoor Watch List for The Bowerman – collegiate track & fields highest honor – which was released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.

The list includes eight national leaders in their respective events, along with one of the top javelin throwers in collegiate history. It also includes athletes who have posted some of the best performances in collegiate history so far this year during the indoor season. 

The Bowerman Watch List: 2019 Women’s Pre-NCAA Indoor Update

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

NAME
YEAR
SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Chanel Brissett SO Southern California Sprints/Hurdles Philadelphia, Pa.
Jessica Hull SR Oregon Distance Albion Park, Australia
Lynna Irby SO Georgia Sprints Indianapolis, Ind.
Lexi Jacobus JR Arkansas Pole Vault Cabot, Ark.
Kortnei Johnson SR LSU Sprints Italy, Texas
Ednah Kurgat JR New Mexico Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Mackenzie Little SR Stanford Javelin Roseville, Australia
Alicia Monson JR Wisconsin Mid-Distance Amery, Wis.
Sade Olatoye SR Ohio State Throws Dublin, Ohio
Danae Rivers JR Penn State Mid-Distance Derby, Conn.
Also Receiving Votes: Michelle Atherley (Miami), Olivia Gruver (Washington), Yanis David (Florida), Tori Hoggard (Arkansas), Dani Jones (Colorado), Allie Ostrander (Boise State)
NEXT: March 14

First up is Arkansas’s Lexi Jacobus after she notched the second-best all-time performance in the pole vault this past weekend. The junior won the SEC Championship after clearing 4.68m (15-4¼) on her first attempt at the height.

Next is a familiar name in New Mexico’s Ednah Kurgat. Earlier this season, she recorded the top time in the nation in the 5000 (15:14.78) at the Boston University Season Opener all the way back on December 1. The mark is the third fastest in collegiate history. The junior is also ninth overall in the 3000 at 8:59.78.

Danae Rivers from Penn State finds herself at the top of the charts in both the 800 and mile. She leads the nation in the mile with a time of 4:29.47, which she posted back at the NYRR Millrose Games in mid-February and is currently third overall in the 800 at 2:02.94. The junior also won the Big Ten title in the 800 this past weekend and her nation-leading mile time makes her the 10th-best performer of all-time in the event.

Lynna Irby from Georgia is currently tops the country in the 400 at 52.02, a performance that won her the SEC title this past weekend. She also sits at 23rd overall in the 200.

Another returning Watch List athlete is Jessica Hull from Oregon, who is among the national leaders in two events so far this indoor season. The senior is second in the country in both the mile (4:31.03) and the 3000 (8:53.91) to go with being apart of the Ducks seventh-ranked DMR squad. Her time in the 3000 gave her one of the best all-condition marks in DI history.

Stanford’s Mackenzie Little is the last Watch List returnee as her season debut is being eagerly awaited with the start of outdoors just around the corner. The junior captured the NCAA title in the javelin throw with a heave that made her the fifth-best performer in the event all-time.

Four athletes make their career debut on the Watch List this week: Chanel Brissett (USC), Kortnei Johnson (LSU), Alicia Monson (Wisconsin) and Sade Olatoye (Ohio State). All four lead the country in their respective events.

We’ll start will Brissett, who leads the nation in the 60 hurdles with a 7.90 performance at the Tyson Invitational back in the beginning of February. She followed it by winning the MPSF title this past weekend where she also helped the Trojans to their fifth indoor title in the past six seasons. The mark makes Brissett the eight-best performer of all-time in the event in DI history.

Next up is Johnson, who tops the country in the 60 (7.14) which she clocked back at the LSU Twilight in mid-February. The senior followed that performance up by capturing the SEC title in the event over the weekend. She is also 12th in the nation in the 200 (23.08).

Monson who is the national leader in the 3000 (8:45.97), a mark she set at the NYRR Millrose Games in mid-February. The time stands as the third-best performance of all-time in collegiate history. The junior is also ranked 11th overall in the 5000 (15:34.53) and won both events at the Big Ten Indoor Championships this past weekend. Monson is also apart of the ninth-ranked Wisconsin DMR squad and sits 23rd overall in the mile.

Olatoye leads the nation in both the shot put and weight throw after a stellar effort at the Big Ten Championships this past weekend. The senior captured individual conference titles in both events with best marks of 17.88m (58-8) in the shot put and a 24.07m (78-11¾) in the weight throw.

Athletes also receiving votes were Michelle Atherley (Miami (Fla.)), Yanis David (Florida), Olivia Gruver (Washington), Tori Hoggard (Arkansas), Dani Jones (Colorado) and Allie Ostrander (Boise State).

The next Bowerman Watch List will be released by the USTFCCCA on March 13, following the conclusion of the 2019 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

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