The Bowerman: 2022 Women’s Watch List Update #1

NEW ORLEANS – The Bowerman Women’s Watch List is starting to resemble a list of athletes who know a thing or two about setting collegiate records.

Four CR holders among an impressive group that comprises The Bowerman Mid-Indoor Watch List in 2022 – and that doesn’t even count another pair with best-ever performances by a collegian outside the collegiate season.

Here are the 10 athletes on the Watch List: Adelaide Aquilla of Ohio State, Jasmine Moore of Florida, Kemba Nelson of Oregon, Camryn Rogers of California, Grace Stark of Florida, Abby Steiner of Kentucky, Shey Taiwo of Ole Miss, Ruth Usoro of Texas Tech, Jorinde van Klinken of Arizona State and Courtney Wayment of BYU. Eight return from the previous Watch List, while two are make their debut on the latest index, released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The Bowerman Women’s Watch List

2022 Update #1 — February 2

Year Team Events Hometown
Adelaide AquillaSROhio StateThrowsRocky River, Ohio
Jasmine MooreJRFloridaJumpsGrand Prairie, Texas
Kemba NelsonJROregonSprintsMontego Bay, Jamaica
Camryn RogersSRCaliforniaThrowsRichmond, B.C.
Grace StarkSOFloridaSprints/HurdlesWhite Lake, Mich.
Abby SteinerJRKentuckySprintsDublin, Ohio
Shey TaiwoSROle MissThrowsSouth Holland, Ill.
Ruth UsoroSRTexas TechJumpsAkwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Jorinde van KlinkenSRArizona StateThrowsAssen, The Netherlands
Courtney WaymentSRBYUMid-Distance/DistanceLayton, Utah

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES Anavia Battle, Ohio State (Sprints); Mercy Chelangat, Alabama (Distance); Joyce Kimeli, Auburn (Distance); Aaliyah Miller, Baylor (Mid-Distance); Kemba Nelson, Oregon (Sprints)

NEXT UPDATE: Wednesday, March 2

Aquilla, who hails from Rocky River, Ohio, launched her 2022 indoor season splendidly – three wins beginning with two PRs in the shot put. A 19.08m (62-7¼) effort at the Badgers Big 10 Midwest Invitational added more than two feet to her indoor best. A week later she nudged slightly farther at 19.09m (62-7¾), improving her position as No. 5 collegian all-time and now with two all-time top-10 performances. She’s just short of her outdoor best of 19.12m (62-8¾) set last year that put her among the top-5 in that venue, when she completed the NCAA indoor and outdoor shot put title sweep in 2021.

Moore, who hails from Grand Prairie, Texas, keeps getting better to begin the 2022 campaign. She bettered her indoor long jump best at the Clemson Invitational with a leap of 6.58m (21-7¼), then returned to the same site for a seasonal triple jump debut that resulted in a CR 14.55m (47-9) at the Bob Pollock Invitational. The CR came in the same building, where four years earlier, 2018 The Bowerman winner Keturah Orji set the previous standard. Moore showed it wasn’t simply a single great effort as she added two more jumps that land in the all-time top-10 performances.

Nelson, who hails from Montego Bay, Jamaica, is unbeaten in two 60-meter outings thus far with a best of 7.16. That is the same time she posted last year at this point in the season before finishing with an impressive flurry that resulted in the NCAA Indoor title and a 7.05 CR.

Rogers, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, has always made her biggest efforts outdoors in the hammer throw, in which the two-time reigning NCAA champion holds the CR of 75.52m (247-9) and was fifth in the Tokyo Olympics. She began this indoor season in the weight throw at 22.04m (72-3¾), about a meter further than she opened her NCAA hammer title seasons of 2019 and 2021. She was a semifinalist for The Bowerman last year.

Stark, who hails from White Lake, Michigan, makes her Watch List debut after a pair of eye-opening races. She skimmed over the 60-meter hurdles at the Clemson Invitational in 7.86 for a share of No. 3 on the all-time collegiate list. Two weeks later, she showed she was fast without barriers, winning the Bob Pollock Invitational 60 in 7.12, which is No. 2 for on this year’s list and just 0.01 seconds outside of the all-time top-10.

Steiner, who hails from Dublin, Ohio, has a share of two CRs after a scintillating 35.80 for 300 meters in December that broke the 40-year-old record of Merlene Ottey. She has the nation’s fastest mark this year in her other record-setting event – the indoor 200 from last year (22.38) – with a 22.58 time on an oversized track. She’s lowered her 60 PR to 7.17 and contributed the fastest split (51.40) on Kentucky’s nation-leading 4×400 (3:28.62).

Taiwo, who hails from South Holland, Illinois, makes her Watch List debut and becomes just the second Ole Miss woman in Watch List history – the other being Raven Saunders, a 2016 The Bowerman finalist and two-time semifinalist. Taiwo is undefeated in the weight throw in three meets, the last two with significant PRs. A 24.11m (79-1¼) effort at the Vanderbilt Invitational brought her into the all-time collegiate top-10 at No. 6, but that was demolished a week later at the Indiana Relays, where she unleashed a 25.02m (82-1) bomb that made her No. 2. She’s also got impressive hammer credentials, PRing at 71.27m (233-10) – No. 9 all-time – for second in the NCAA Championships last year behind CR holder Rogers.

Usoro, who hails from Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, has jumped in only one meet thus far, winning the long jump at the Corky Classic at 6.48m (21-3¼) and finishing second in the triple jump at 13.47m (44-2½). She was a semifinalist for The Bowerman last year when she swept the indoor and outdoor NCAA triple jump titles and moved to No. 2 on both the indoor and outdoor all-time lists (now No. 3 indoors).

Van Klinken, who hails from Assen, The Netherlands, was known primarily as a discus thrower until her shot putting skill set flourished in January. She added more than three feet to her PR in moving to No. 6 all-time in winning the New Mexico Team Open at 18.88m (61-11½). Her prowess with the discus made her a semifinalist for The Bowerman last year after a come-from-behind meet record to win the NCAA title at 65.01m (213-3). She also owns a stunning 70.22m (230-4) effort while competing unattached, which far exceeds the recognized CR of 67.48m (221-5) that has stood since 1981.

Wayment, who hails from Layton, Utah, has raced twice this winter, both times moving into the collegiate all-time top-10. Most recently, she was the top collegian in the Millrose Games 3000 meters, clocking 8:50.05 to become No. 6 all-time. In December, she ran 15:15.46 in the 5000 at the Sharon Colyear-Danville Season Opener, moving to No. 7 all-time. She was a semifinalist last year for The Bowerman, when she also made outdoor all-time lists in the steeplechase – No. 5 at 9:31.37, although she followed that up with a postseason 9:23.09 that is the fastest-ever on the all-dates collegiate list.

Five athletes received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee but fell outside the top 10: Julien Alfred of Texas, Alia Armstrong of LSU, Lisa Gunnarsson of LSU, Anna Hall of Florida and Aaliyah Miller of Baylor.

The next women’s Watch List is scheduled for March 2.

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