Women’s Bowerman Trophy Watch List

Women’s April Watch List

Want to learn more about the 2014-15 Women’s Watch List? Click a student-athlete’s photo to go to her biography section.

 
 

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Senior
Sprints

Montego Bay, Jamaica
Cambridge HS
Butler County CC

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Remona Burchell, Alabama

The Bowerman Notes: Fifth Watch List appearance…2014 Semifinalist.

2015 Outdoor: Ran a collegiate-leading 11.04 at 100 meters at the Florida Relays, finishing runner-up to pro Michelle-Lee Ahye … Missed her career-best and the all-time collegiate list by .01 of a second, despite running into a 2.5m/s headwind (some conversions have that as a wind-neutral 10.85, which would be No. 2 in collegiate history).

2015 Indoor: Won her second straight national championship in the 60 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships … Won the final in 7.12 for the third-fastest time in meet history and the sixth-fastest in collegiate history … Won by .09 over runner-up Ky Westbrook of Southern California, tied for the second-biggest margin of victory in this event since it was first included in the NCAA Championships program in 1999 … Ran 7.16 in the semifinals.

Broke the collegiate record for 60 meters, running 7.08 seconds for the win in the SEC final…Currently undefeated on the season.

 

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Senior
Middle-Distance

Clarendon, Jamaica
Manchester HS
(LSU transfer)

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Natoya Goule, Clemson

The Bowerman Notes: Fourth career appearance on the Watch List.

2015 Outdoor: Finished runner-up in the Florida Relays 800 meters in a collegiate-leading 2:01.63 … Ran a leg of Clemson’s third-ranked 4×400 relay in a second-place finish at Florida.

2015 Indoor: Won the NCAA Indoor Championships 800 in a meet-record time of 2:01.64…Is now the third-fastest woman indoors in the event in collegiate history… Ran a leg on Clemson’s fourth-place 4×400 team at nationals.

During the regular season, she finished sixth as the only collegian in the Armory Track Invitational in 2:02.78 … Ran numerous 400 and 4×400 races, including a career-best 53.33 at the Texas A&M Aggie Invitational in early February.

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Senior
Hurdles

Clayton, North Carolina
Clayton HS
(Clemson transfer)

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Kendra Harrison, Kentucky

The Bowerman Notes: Eighth career Watch List appearance.

2015 Outdoor: Ran a collegiate-leading 54.94 to win the Florida Relays 400-meter hurdles by nearly a second over the No. 2 collegian … In terms of peformances in the month of March, hers is the fastest ever by a collegian, the third fastest by an American, and tied for the 24th-fastest time in the history of the world (per alltime-athletics.com) … Won both the 100-meter hurdles and the open 200 at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational in 12.94w (+2.4m/s) and 23.69, respectively.

2015 Indoor: Won the 60 meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships…Ran a time of 7.87 seconds, tying her for the third fastest hurdler in collegiate history.

Opened up her season at the SEC Championships with a win and a career best 7.92 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles…Also ran a leg on Kentucky’s runner-up 4×400 meter relay at the SEC meet.

 

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Junior
Sprints

Detroit, Michigan
Cass Technical HS

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Kyra Jefferson, Florida

The Bowerman Notes: Third career appearance on the Watch List.

2015 Outdoor: Collegiate leader at 400 meters with a career-best 51.50 to win the Florida Relays … Ran a leg of the No. 2 4×400, which finished in 3:31.00 to win the Florida Relays.

2015 Indoor: Won the 200 and ran a leg on the fifth-place 4×400 at the NCAA Indoor Championships … Winning 200 time of 22.63 in the final was the second-fastest in the NCAA this winter … Defeated collegiate-leading Jenna Prandini of Oregon – a rival Watch List member – in the final … Ran 22.64 in the prelims for the meet’s second fastest qualifying time.

Won the 200 (23.02) and finished second in the 400 (52.00) at the SEC Indoor Championships.

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Senior
Pole Vault

Greenville, S.C.
Greenville HS
(UNC Transfer)

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Sandi Morris, Arkansas

The Bowerman Notes: Fourth career appearance on the Watch List.

2015 Outdoor: Broke the collegiate outdoor pole vault record with a first-attempt clearance at 15-1.75 (4.62m) at the John McDonnell Invitational, surpassing by one centimeter the old standard held by former Bowerman Trophy finalist Tina Sutej of Arkansas … Won her outdoor debut at the Texas Relays at 14-11 (4.55m) for the sixth-highest vault in outdoor history … Won the Stanford Invitational at 14-7.25 (4.45m).

2015 Indoor: Won the NCAA Indoor Championships pole vault on her home runway … Equaled the NCAA meet record with a second-attempt clearance at 4.60m (15-1) to win by 10 centimeters over Duke’s Megan Clark … Achieved her fifth clearance this season of 15 feet or higher, tied with rival Watch List member Demi Payne for the most in collegiate indoor history.

Briefly held the collegiate indoor women’s pole vault record before it was broken by current record holder and rival Watch List member Demi Payne … Earlier this season set the former collegiate record with a third-attempt clearance of 15-1.5 (4.61m) at the Arkansas-Texas dual…Won the SEC Championships with a vault of 15-3.5 (4.66m), the best at sea level in college history.

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Junior
Sprints

Carrollton, Texas
Newman Smith HS

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Courtney Okolo, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Finalist…Seventh Watch List appearance.

2015 Outdoor: Has not yet competed in an open event in 2015 … ran a leg of the collegiate-leading 4×400 relay (3:29.65) to win the Texas Relays, and a leg of the No. 5 4×100 relay team.

2015 Indoor: Won the 400-meters title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in a season-best 51.12 by four-tenths of a second over Arkansas’ Taylor Ellis-Watson … Ran the meet’s top semifinals time in 51.89 … anchored the winning 4×400 relay in 50.36 to a team time of 3:28.48 for the fifth-fastest time in collegiate history.

Entering NCAAs, had the fastest 400 meter time (51.35 seconds) and a leg on the fastest 4×400 meter relay (3:29.36) in the NCAA in 2015…Won the 600 yards at the Big 12 championships in 1:18.24 and finished fourth in the 400 meters half an hour later.

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Freshman
Jumps

Mount Olive, N.J.
Mount Olive HS

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Keturah Orji, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: Third career appearance on the Watch List

2015 Outdoor: Took the outdoor collegiate lead both in the long jump and the triple jump with wins at the Spec Towns Invitational … Leapt to a career-best 21-8.75 (6.62m) in the long jump, and a mark of 45-2.25 (13.77m) in the triple jump.

2015 Indoor: Finished runner-up in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a leap of 45-2.25 (13.77m) and 13th in the long jump with a leap of 19-8.25 (6.00m) … Notched three wins against eventual NCAA triple jump indoor champion Ciarra Brewer of Florida, including a 45-10.5 (13.98m) mark to win the Kentucky Rod McCravy Memorial, which was good for the No. 10 spot on the all-time collegiate performers list by the end of the season.

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Junior
Sprints/Jumps

Clovis, Calif.
Clovis HS

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Jenna Prandini, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist … Fifth career appearance on the Watch List

2015 Outdoor: Won the long jump at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational with a fourth-ranked leap of 21-0.5 (6.41m) into a 1.6m/s headwind – her lone fair jump of the 2015 outdoor season … ran a leg of the third-ranked 4×100 relay team at the Trojan Invitational.

2015 Indoor: Posted a meet-best 23 points at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships … Won the long jump title with a collegiate-leading leap of 21-10 (6.65m) using just two attempts to win by 12 centimeters … Ran a 2015 collegiate-best 22.52 in the 200-meter semifinals for the ninth-fastest time in colelgiate history … Finished runner-up in the 200 meters final in 22.74 … Ran 7.15 in the 60-meter prelims to miss the top qualifying time by just .002 … finished fourth at 60 meters in 7.24.

Entered NCAAs ranked fifth among collegians in the long jump at 21-2.5 (6.46m), fifth in the 60 meters at 7.17 (converted to 7.19 for altitude), and second in the 200 meters at 22.87 (converted to 22.94 for altitude) … Won the 60 meters at the MPSF championships

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Junior
Throws

Mansfield, Texas
Mansfield Legacy HS

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Shelbi Vaughan, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist… Seventh career Watch List appearance.

2015 Outdoor: Leads all collegians in the discus throw at 201-8 (61.48m), which was good to win the Texas Relays by more than 14 feet (nearly 4.5 meters) … Leads all collegians by 13 feet (4 meters) … Has recorded the ten farthest throws of the 2015 collegiate season … Won the Arizona State Sun Angel Classic at 192-7 (58.70m) and the Stanford Invitational at 194-2 (59.19m).

2015 Indoor: Specialty discus event is not contested indoors … Contested the weight throw for the first time in her career, including a career-best throw of 17.23m at the SEC Championships.

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Sophomore
Combined Events

Marietta, Ga.
Kell HS

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Kendell Williams, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist… Active women’s Watch List appearance leader with ten in her young career, becoming the 11th woman in the history of the award to earn double-digit nods.

2015 Oudoor: Has yet to debut.

2015 Indoor: Won the pentathlon title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships with a new collegiate-record 4678 points, 112 points better than runner-up Erica Bougard of Mississippi State … Improved her standing as the fifth-best pentathlete in U.S. Indoor history … Ran a career-best 8.10 in the 60-hurdles component to open and a career-best 2:17.30 to close the five events … came within one centimeter of her season-best in the long jump at 6.53m and two of her high jump best at 1.83m.

Posted the then-second-best pentathlon score in collegiate history and (then) the best-ever not recorded at altitude with a 4609 at the Rod McCravy Memorial … Won the indoor SEC pentathlon for the first time… Finished the season ranked No. 1 among collegians in the pentathlon, No. 4 in the long jump, tied for No. 6 in the 60-hurdles, and tied for No. 10 in the high jump.

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