The Bowerman: 2019 Women’s Post-Conference Championships Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – If posting a dominant performance over Conference Championship Weekend is any indication of how the rest of the outdoor season is going to go, expect some even bigger numbers out of the 10 women named to the Post-Conference Championships Watch List for The Bowerman.

The most recent Watch List for collegiate track & field’s highest honor was released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) after a careful deliberation by The Bowerman Watch List Committee.

The stellar athletes on this edition of the Watch List combined for 16 conference titles, which included some truly outstanding performances that made their way into the record books.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2019 Women’s Post-Conference Championships Update

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

NAME
YEAR
SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Chanel Brissett SO Southern California Sprints/Hurdles Philadelphia, Pa.
Janeek Brown SO Arkansas Sprints/Hurdles Kingston, Jamaica
Yanis David SR Florida Jumps
Lamentin, Guadeloupe
Olivia Gruver SR Washington Pole Vault Reisterstown, Md.
Jessica Hull SR Oregon Distance Albion Park, Australia
Dani Jones SR Colorado Distance Phoenix, Ariz.
Shadae Lawrence SR Colorado State Throws
St. Catherine, Jamaica
Sha’Carri Richardson FR LSU Sprints
Dallas, Texas
Kayla White SR North Carolina A&T Sprints Miami, Fla.
Ashtin Zamzow SR Texas Combined Events Goliad, Texas
Also Receiving Votes: Mackenzie Litte (Stanford), Danae Rivers (Penn State) and Kaelin Roberts (Southern California)
NEXT: June 4

To get started with this edition, look no further than the three athletes making their season and career Watch List debut: Florida’s Yanis David, LSU’s Sha’Carri Richardson and Colorado State’s Shadae Lawrence.

David and Richardson both competed at the SEC Championships over the weekend with each leaving their mark in their respective events.

First, there is David – who was named this week’s NCAA DI Women’s National Athlete of the Week – after she had a series to remember in the triple jump. David took control of the event with her first two marks and went on to post a best of 14.35m (47-1) to claim the conference title. She became the second best performer with the third best mark in collegiate history, with just 2018 The Bowerman winner Keturah Orji ahead of her in the record books.

David also captured the individual title in the long jump by more than four inches with a season-best leap of 6.65m (21-10). The showing now ranks her second in the event in the nation so far this outdoor season to go with that national leader in the triple jump.

While David dominated the runway, Richardson set the track ablaze in winning the SEC titles in the 100, 200 and helping out on the title-winning 4×100. (Richardson is the first freshman in SEC history to win the 100, 200 and be a member of a winning 4×100 relay team). The freshman from Dallas is currently ranked third nationally in both the 100 and 200. Her windy 10.91 showing in the 100 at the Texas Littlefield Texas Relays ranks as one of the all-time conditions best in the sport.

Not to be outdone, Lawrence became the third-best performer with the sixth-best performance of all-time in the discus after her 65.05m (213-5) effort at the Mountain West Championships. No female collegiate athlete had thrown farther than Lawrence since 1997.

The remaining seven athletes on the Watch List are spread about between hurdle/sprints, distance and multi disciplines.

The two standout hurdlers continue to be Chanel Brissett (Southern California) and Janeek Brown. And we’re not throwing the “standout” label around lightly as the two have been saving their best for last, posting the No. 1 and 2 times in the 100H just this past weekend.

Brown holds the national lead with an SEC title-winning 12.55, but Brissett is right behind her at 12.70 after a victory at the Pac-12 Championships. The former also placed fifth in the 200 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, while Brissett also chipped in a leg of the Pac-12 winning 4×100 unit. Being in opposite regions of the country, the two will not get a chance to square off until the national championships.

Kayla White continued her storybook season at the MEAC Championships, where she won the 100, 200 and was a member of the winning 4×100 relay team. She posted the top time in the country in both the 100 (10.96) and 200 (22.52), while her time in the 100 made her the fifth-best performer with the 10th-best performance in collegiate history.

We’ll jump over to the Pac-12 next, which features two of the best distance runners in the country in Colorado’s Dani Jones and Oregon’s Jessica Hull. Jones was crowned the conference champion in the 5000, while Hull took the top spot in the 1500 this past weekend.

For the season, Jones is ranked  11th in the 1500 (4:14.68) and 28th in the 5000 (15:54.86), while Hull is No. 1 in the 1500 (4:12.08), fifth in the 5000 (15:34.93) and 80th in the 800. Neither veteran athlete has ran in too many meets this outdoor season, though, as they look to save their best for the NCAA postseason. Hull has competed in four meets while Jones has taken to the track for just two.

The only multi athlete who continues to hold a spot on the Watch List is Ashtin Zamzow of Texas.

Zamzow put together an incredible few days at the Big 12 Championships. First, she became the first woman in program history to win the heptathlon title. Then she captured the conference title in the javelin. When you combine those two feats, she was the first athlete – male or female – in conference history to do so.

Washington’s Oliver Gruver did not compete this past weekend at the Pac-12 Championships. Gruver won two event titles this season so far and currently holds the top mark in the nation – and in the collegiate record book – at 4.73m (15-6¼).

Three women landed in the “Also Receiving Votes” category: Mackenzie Little of Stanford, Danae Rivers of Penn State and Kaelin Roberts of Southern California. Each of those three athletes have appeared on the Watch List multiple times this season.

The next Watch List update will be released Tuesday, June 4, following competition at the NCAA Division I East & West Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida, and Sacramento, California, respectively.

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