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

NEW ORLEANS – Fans of collegiate track & field might just be yelling “Wooo Speed Sooie” after taking a look at the Women’s Pre-Conference Championships Watch List for The Bowermanreleased by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2019 Women’s Pre-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
Olivia Gruver SR Washington Pole Vault Reisterstown, Md.
Jessica Hull SR Oregon Distance Albion Park, Australia
Lexi Jacobus JR Arkansas Pole Vault Cabot, Ark.
Dani Jones SR Colorado Distance Phoenix, Ariz.
Mackenzie Little SR Stanford Javelin Roseville, Australia
Danae Rivers JR Penn State Mid-Distance Derby, Conn.
Kayla White SR North Carolina A&T Sprints Miami, Fla.
Ashtin Zamzow SR Texas Combined Events Goliad, Texas
Also Receiving Votes: Sharrika Barnett (Florida), Shadae Lawrence (Colorado State), Alicia Monson (Wisconsin), Allie Ostrander (Boise State), Sha’Carri Richardson (LSU), Kaelin Roberts (Southern California), Twanisha Terry (Southern California)
NEXT: May 15

Janeek Brown made her career debut on the Watch List after an all-time performance at the Arkansas National Relay Championships. How incredible was it? Only the great Jackie Joynee-Kersee did it better.

The sophomore sprinter and hurdler turned in the second-fastest 100H/200 one-day double in world history after posting a 12.57 and 22.67, respectively across the two events. The marks rank her first in the nation in the 100H and second overall in the 200 as the calendar turns towards the end of the regular-season.

She is also currently No. 1 in the world in the 100H as her performance tied her as the fifth-best performer with the ninth-best performance in collegiate history.

She joins teammate Lexi Jacobus who has been a mainstay on the Watch List this year.

Jacobus, who has appeared on each edition of the Watch List this season, has only competed in one meet so far this outdoor season. You know a big mark is on the way as the Razorbacks make their way through the SEC Championships and NCAA Preliminary Round.

She is looking to sweep the NCAA pole vault titles after already winning the indoor crown earlier this year.

Arkansas is the only program in the nation this year to have three athletes featured on the prestigious Watch List. Kiara Parker also earned the distinction earlier this season.

The rest of the Watch List featured returning athletes from the Mid-Outdoor edition, expect for Colorado’s Dani Joneswho is back on the list after a short absence.

Jones made her outdoor debut this past weekend and reminded people why she is in the running for the nation’s highest track & field honor. The senior posted a 4:20.57 in the 1500 to win the Jack Christiansen Invitational. The mark converted to 4:14.68 after factoring altitude, which slots her as ninth in the event so far this outdoor season.

The best mark from any female Watch List athlete still arguably belongs to Olivia Gruver as she set the collegiate pole vault record with a clearance of 4.73m (15-6¼) to win the Stanford Invitational. Gruver most recently cleared 4.66m (15-3½) at the Beach Invitational, which if it stood as her best mark this season, would still lead the NCAA by almost a foot.

The rest of the six returning members of the group, along with their season accomplishments are listed below:

  • Chanel BrissettSouthern California: Currently sits fourth in the nation in the 100H with a 12.87, a time that led the country until recently. She is also a member of the second-ranked 4×100 Trojan team. Brissett was crowned champion in the 60H during the NCAA Indoor National Championships.
  • Jessica HullOregon: Ranked third nationally in the 5000 with a 15:34.93, which also at the time was the national-leader after the Stanford Invitational in late March. She won the indoor national championships in both the 3000 and DMR this year.
  • Mackenzie LittleStanford: Leads the nation in the javelin by nearly seven feet after she posted a best toss of 59.47m (195-1) at Stanford’s Big Meet in early April. That performance sits 20th all-time in the event in collegiate history. All of her throws have cleared 57.07m this season and she is the defending javelin national champion.
  • Danae RiversPenn State: Currently sits sixth in the nation with a time of 2:03.63 in the 800 that she ran back at the Florida Relays in late March. She is also 14th overall in the 1500 (4:15.17) which she accomplished two weeks ago at the Virginia Challenge. Rivers was the national champion in the 800 at indoor nationals. 
  • Kayla WhiteNorth Carolina A&T: Ran a then national-leading time of 11.04 to win the Florida Relays which still stands as the No. 2 mark in the nation. She is also ranked fourth overall in the 200 (22.74 at the LSU Alumni Gold) and is tied for 54th in the 100H (13.44). White won the 200 and placed second in the 60H at the indoor national championships.
  • Ashtin Zamzow, Texas: Zamzow joined the Watch List during its last edition after posting a national-leading mark of 6,148 points to win the heptathlon at the Texas Relays in late March. The performance was the 20th-best all-time in collegiate history. She is also ranked 15th in the javelin (53.01/173-11) and 59h in the high jump (1.75m/5-8¾), showing off her great range as an athlete. Zamzow placed third in the pentathlon at NCAA Indoors.

It was a crowded pack in the “Also Receiving Votes” category as seven athletes landed there in this edition of the Watch List: Sharrika Barnet of Florida, Shadae Lawrence of Colorado State , Alicia Monson of Wisconsin, Allie Ostrander of Boise State, Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU and the Southern California duo of Kaelin Roberts and Twanisha Terry.

The next Women’s Watch List for The Bowerman will be released May 15.

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