2014 Women’s Finalists for The Bowerman

2014 Women’s Finalists for The Bowerman

Women’s Finalists

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Senior
Hurdles/Sprints

Memphis, Tenn.
Northside HS

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Sharika Nelvis, Arkansas State

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Outdoor: Won the 100-meter hurdles title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in a windy, all-conditions world-leading 12.52 (+2.8m/s) to cap an undefeated season inhurdles finals between the indoor (seven) and outdoor (four) seasons … Ranked No. 4 in meet history and No. 6 all-time on the collegiate list, under all conditions … Finished 13th at 100 meters in 11.34.

Ran a wind-aided 12.66 (+2.3m/s) for the fastest time at the West Prelims … Won three individual titles at the Sun Belt Championships at both 100 and 200 meters and in the 100-meter hurdles, while also finishing runner-up in the long jump … Won the Mt. SAC Relays 100-meter hurdles in a wind-legal collegiate-leading 12.71.

Indoor: Won the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in 7.93 to move to the No. 7 spot on the all-time collegiate performers list … Won four individual titles at the Sun Belt Championships at both 60 and 200 meters, in the 60-meter hurdles and in the long jump.

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Sophomore
Sprints

Carrollton, Texas
Newman Smith HS

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Courtney Okolo, Texas

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Outdoor: Won the 400 meters crown at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 50.23 by a third of a second over rival Semifinalist Phyllis Francis of Oregon … Posted the No. 5 time in collegiate history with the result, making her one of just two women with a pair of top-five all-time performances (Natasha Hastings, South Carolina, 2007) … Anchored Texas to a 4×400 relay NCAA Championships record in 3:24.21 with a split of 49.58, which is is the the third-fastest in meet history and the fastest by an underclassman … also ran a leg of Texas’ third-place 4×100 relay.

Won the Big 12 400 meters title in a world-leading, collegiate-record 50.03, surpassing the previous record of 50.10 set by Monique Henderson of UCLA at the 2005 NCAA Championships … Ran a leg of Texas’ winning 4×100 relay at the Big 12 meet, and also finished eighth at 200 meters … Won the 400 meters at the Longhorn Invitational in 51.36 … ran a legs of the Longhorns’ winning 4×400 relays at the Penn Relays and Texas Relays.

Indoor: Finished fourth at 400 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in 51.97, and ran a leg of Texas’ runner-up 4×400 relay team …Finished runner-up at the Big 12 meet both at 200 and 400 meters.

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Senior
Middle Distance

Fargo,  N.D.
Fargo South HS

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Laura Roesler, Oregon

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Outdoor: Won the 800 meters title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 2:01.22 by 1.7 seconds for the largest winning margin since 2001 … Ran a 51.62 split on the third leg to help Oregon to a third-place finish in the 4×400 relay.

Ranked first among collegians at 800 meters following a win at the Mt. SAC Relays in 2:00.54 for the No. 8 performance in collegiate history … Was a member of Oregon’s runner-up 4×800 and 4×400 relays at the Penn Relays … Won the Pac-12 800 meters title in 2:05.77 … Ran a 2:01.10 over 800 meters to win at the Pepsi Dual against Arizona … Opened her outdoor season with a 4:19.44 personal best at 1500 meters at the Oregon Preview.

Indoor: Won the NCAA Division I Indoor title at 800 meters in 2:03.85, besting Oklahoma State’s Savannah Camacho by nearly two full seconds … Ran a leg of Oregon’s collegiate-record 4×400 relay in 51.25 to help clinch the Ducks’ fifth consecutive national team title over Texas by just .02 seconds in 3:27.40 … Ran a leg of Oregon’s fifth-place distance medley relay team … Collegiate leader at 800 meters (2:01.32) … Her win at 800 meters in 2:01.32 on Kentucky’s oversized track at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational is the second-fastest all-conditions time over the distance indoors in collegiate history, and ran a 2:02.5 split in Oregon’s DMR that ranks among the fastest in collegiate history.

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