The Bowerman: 2019 Women’s Semifinalists

NEW ORLEANS – The 2019 collegiate track & field season is in the books, which means it’s time to announce the exceptional women that were selected as the semifinalists for The Bowerman in 2019.

The group, which was named Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) after a careful deliberation by The Bowerman Watch List Committee, consists of all first time semifinalists who captured a combined 14 NCAA titles in 2019 with nine of them coming this past weekend in Austin, Texas.

From this list of 10 athletes, three will be selected as finalists for The Bowerman, which will be awarded in December at the annual USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Florida.  

Finalists will be revealed on Wednesday, June 19 on both USTFCCCA.org and TheBowerman.org.

The Bowerman: 2019 Women’s Semifinalists

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

NAME
YEAR
SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Angie Annelus RS-JR Southern California Sprints Grandview, Mo.
Chanel Brissett SO Southern California Sprints/Hurdles Philadelphia, Pa.
Janeek Brown SO Arkansas Sprints/Hurdles ,Kingston, Jamaica
Yanis David SR Florida Jumps Lamentin, Guadeloupe
Jessica Hull SR Oregon Distance Albion Park, Australia
Sinclaire Johnson JR Oklahoma State Mid-Distance Longwood, Fla.
Allie Ostrander RS-JR Boise State Mid-Distance/Distance
Kenai, Alaska
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
NEXT: Finalists (Wednesday, June 19)

We’ll start with the two semifinalists from Southern California in Angie Annelus and Chanel Brissett, because who doesn’t like when things are in alphabetical order?

Annelus was crowned NCAA champion in the 200 and 4×100 relay, along with registering a seventh-place finish in the 100. Her time in the 200 of 22.16 this past weekend is the fourth best performance in collegiate history.

Brissett captured two national titles this year as she won the 60 Meter Hurdles during the indoor season and helped out on Southern California’s first-place 4×100 relay, alongside Annelus. It was in the 60H where Brissett equaled the eighth best performer in collegiate history with her time of 7.90. During the outdoor season, Brissett finished runner-up in the 100 Meter Hurdles to Janeek Brown of Arkansas.

Speaking of Brown, she is coming off a historic performance at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. Brown started things off with a victory in the 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 12.40, which matched the second fastest performer with the second fastest performance in collegiate history. She sandwiched that effort with a carry on the third-place 4×100 relay and a fourth-place finish in the 200. When you combine her time in the 110H and the 200, it adds up to the quickest single-day double in those events in world history, topping the previous mark set by the great Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Brown finished fifth in the 60 Meter Hurdles at NCAAs.

Brown is Arkansas’ fourth semifinalist in program history and the first sprinter and hurdler from the university to make it on the list.

Another semifinalist nod went to Yanis David of Florida after a stellar year on the runway. Most recently, David won the long jump title and finished second in the triple jump at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. Couple that with her indoor title in the triple jump and a third-place finish in the indoor long jump, that gives her a whopping 34 points. It was in the long jump at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships where David matched the seventh best performer in collegiate history with her leap of 6.84m (22-5½). When you add in the fact that David became the second best performer with the third best performance in collegiate history in the outdoor triple jump at 14.35m (47-1) and pulled off the double sweep of the horizontal jumps at the SEC Championships, it turns out to be a solid year for the senior from Lamentin, Guadeloupe.

David is Florida’s third semifinalist in program history and the first since Kyra Jefferson in 2017.

Jessica Hull of Oregon is another semifinalist selection after having an outstanding year across multiple distances. The Duck finished second in the 1500 at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships with the third fastest time in collegiate history (4:06.27) and also won an NCAA individual title in the 3000 indoors, not to mention anchoring the title-winning DMR squad. 

Hull is Oregon’s ninth female semifinalist and the first since 2017 winner Raevyn Rogers.

Also making the exclusive list is Sinclaire Johnson of Oklahoma State. The junior from Longwood, Florida, turned on the jets late in the outdoor season. Johnson took over the collegiate lead in the 1500 at the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round and then clocked the second fastest time in collegiate history (4:05.98) to win the national title. She also helped the Cowgirls finish third indoors in the DMR.

Johnson is the first woman in program history to be named semifinalist for The Bowerman.

Allie Ostrander of Boise State is another semifinalist after a tremendous junior campaign. Just this past weekend at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships, Ostrander became the sixth best performer in collegiate history in the steeplechase with her winning effort of 9:37.73. It was during the outdoor season where Ostrander dotted the top of the Descending Order List in the steeplechase, 10,000 and was ranked second in the 5000. Indoors, Ostrander finished fourth in the 3000 and eighth in the 5000 at the NCAAs.

She is the first semifinalist in program history. 

Next on the list is Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU after her truly remarkable run of performances that culminated at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships.

Where else can you start but with her collegiate record of 10.75 in the 100 that made her just the third freshman in NCAA history to win that event? That effort shattered a 30-year-old collegiate record formerly held by Dawn Sowell and also bettered the World U20 record. That performance came after she anchored the Tigers to a runner-up finish in the 4×100 relay and before she finished runner-up in the 200 in the fifth fastest mark in collegiate history (22.17) and another World U20 record.

Prior to all of that, Richardson became the only freshman in SEC history to sweep the 100, 200 and be part of a winning 4×100 relay at the conference championships. Then a few months before that, Richardson finished seventh in the finals of the 60 at the NCAA indoor meet.

Richardson is LSU’s third semifinalist in program history and second in as many years, joining Aleia Hobbs. She is just the sixth true freshman semifinalist in award history.

Kayla White of North Carolina A&T is also a semifinalist after her incredible year between the indoor and outdoor seasons. Outdoors, White took second in the 100 with the 10th fastest performance in collegiate history, seventh in the 200 (22.81) and helped her team to a sixth-place finish in the 4×100 relay. Indoors, White won the national title in the 200 and took second overall in the 60H for the most combined points ever scored between those events at the NCAA Championships.

White is the first semifinalist in program history and only the second from the MEAC.

Last, but certainly not least, is Texas senior Ashtin Zamzow. Just this past weekend at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships, Zamzow capped her career with a national title in the heptathlon with 6222 points, which made her the eighth best performer in collegiate history. Zamzow finished third in the pentathlon indoors.

Zamzow is the second Texas athlete to be named a semifinalist, joining eventual 2016 winner Courtney Okolo.

The Bowerman Notes: Oregon extended its lead when it comes to all-time semifinalists. The Ducks now have nine semifinalists in the history of The Bowerman, which is three more than runner-up Texas A&M … The state of Texas is home to the most all-time semifinalists with nine, while Florida adds its fourth and fifth thanks to Johnson and White. Missouri isn’t too far behind with four now that Annelus added to that mix … Brown is the fourth Jamaican semifinalists (First since Danniel Thomas in 2017).

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