The Bowerman: 2020 Women’s Preseason Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – A record seven new names are on the Women’s Preseason Watch List for The Bowerman, including three teammates for the first time in the award’s history.

The first Watch List for 2020 finds Southern California in prominent display, placing three on the chart. Only Georgia (2018) and Oregon (twice in 2017) have ever had as many, but no program has ever had that many on the Preseason Watch List. The Trojans also had two others receiving votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee.

The 10 women on the Preseason Watch List are Angie Annelus of Southern California, Chanel Brissett of Southern California, Katie Izzo of Arkansas, Dani Jones of Colorado, Weini Kelati of New Mexico, Alicia Monson of Wisconsin, Samantha Noennig of Arizona State, Laulauga Tausaga of Iowa, Twanisha Terry of Southern California and Taylor Werner of Arkansas.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2020 Women’s Preseason Update

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

Angie Annelus RS SR Southern California Sprints Grandview, Mo.
Chanel Brissett JR Southern California Sprints/Hurdles Philadelphia, Pa.
Katie Izzo RS JR Arkansas Distance Seal Beach, Calif.
Dani Jones SR Colorado Mid-Distance/Distance Phoenix, Ariz.
Weini Kelati JR New Mexico Distance Leesburg, Va.
Alicia Monson SR Wisconsin Distance Amery, Wis.
Samantha Noennig RS JR Arizona State Throws Hartford, Wis.
Laulauga Tausaga SR Iowa Throws Spring Valley, Calif.
Twanisha Terry JR Southern California Sprints Miami, Fla.
Taylor Werner SR Arkansas Distance Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Also Receiving Votes: Anna Cockrell (Southern California), Olivia Gruver (Washington), Kaelin Roberts (Southern California), Camryn Rogers (California), Nina Schultz (Georgia)
NEXT: February 5

Annelus, a senior from Grandview, Missouri, is making her Watch List debut after finishing 2019 as a semifinalist. She is the two-time defending NCAA champion in the outdoor 200, winning last year’s thriller by just 0.01 in 22.16 – the 4th-fastest ever in collegiate history – over last year’s winner of The Bowerman, Sha’Carri Richardson. She is seeking to join Kimberlyn Duncan – winner of The Bowerman in 2012 – as the only woman to win three NCAA outdoor 200 titles. Annelus also ran the second leg on Southern California’s championship 4×100 team.

Brissett, a junior from Philadelphia, is a returning semifinalist and with now her seventh appearance on the Watch List is the active leader on such mentions, all beginning last February. She won the NCAA Indoor 60 hurdles last year and owns three marks in the all-time top-10 list. Outdoors, she was runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles to Janeek Brown, finalist for The Bowerman, and is No. 6 on the all-time list at 12.52. She also led off Southern California’s championship 4×100 team.

Izzo, a junior from Seal Beach, California, makes her Watch List debut and becomes the eighth athlete from Arkansas to make the Watch List. She kicked off her 2019 track campaign in a big way at the Boston University Season Opener in December with a 15:11.80 over 5000 meters, the second-fastest ever indoors by a collegian.

Jones, a senior from Phoenix, Arizona, returns to the Preseason Watch List with the largest collection of NCAA titles of the list at four, most recently winning the outdoor 5000 crown last June in Austin. Prior to that, Jones also won the 2017 NCAA indoor 3000 as well as anchoring Colorado to winning the distance medley with a 4:31.60 split.

Kelati, a junior from Leesburg, Virginia, is the first from New Mexico to be named to the Watch List. She won the 10,000-meter title outdoors last June and left her name on the indoor record book this past December when she clocked the fourth fastest time over 5000 meters of 15:14.71. Kelati also sits seventh on that list from a time that she registered last year.

Monson, a senior from Amery, Wisconsin, won the NCAA indoor 5000 last year shortly after racing to the third-fastest mark in collegiate history in the indoor 3000 of 8:45.97 at the NYRR Millrose Games.

Noennig, a junior from Hartford, Wisconsin, makes her Watch List debut and returns as the defending NCAA champion in both the indoor and outdoor shot put.

Tausaga, a senior from Spring Valley, California, not only makes her Watch List debut but doubles as the first athlete from Iowa to be so recognized. She won the NCAA discus title last year with a PR of 63.26m (207-6) to become the 10th best performer in collegiate history and then improved by nearly two feet at the IAAF World Championships to move up to No. 7 on the all-dates list.

Terry, a junior from Miami, is making her Watch List debut after winning last year’s NCAA indoor 60-meter title. In the 100, she owns a best of 10.98 (No. 11 on the all-time list) and finished third at the NCAA meet for the second year in a row. She also anchored the Trojans’ NCAA champion 4×100 team, holding off the aforementioned Richardson.

Werner, a senior from Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, makes her Watch List debut after a pair of NCAA runner-up finishes as a junior. She added eight points to Arkansas’ national-title winning indoors thanks to her effort in the 3000 and then chipped in 13 following a runner-up effort in the 5000 and a fourth-place showing in the 10,000.

Here are the women who received mention from The Bowerman Watch List Committee, but not enough to end up on the chart: Anna Cockrell of Southern California, Olivia Gruver of Washington, Kaelin Roberts of Southern California, Camryn Rogers of California and Nina Schultz of Georgia.

The next Women’s Watch List will be released on February 5.


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