Women’s The Bowerman Watch List

Women’s Post-NCAA Indoor Championships 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.

Action photos courtesy: Image of Sport, Stephen F. Austin, Alabama

Senior
Sprints

Montego Bay, Jamaica
Cambridge HS
Butler County CC

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Remona Burchell, Alabama

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

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: First career appearance on the Watch List…Second athlete from Clemson to appear on the watch list after 2013 winner Brianna Rollins.

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: Seventh Watch List Appear

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: Second career appearance on the Watch List.

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: Third career appearance on the Watch List.

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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Senior
Distance

Croswell, Michigan
Croswell-Lexington HS

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Leah O’Connor, Michigan State

The Bowerman Notes: First appearance on the Watch List

2015 Indoor: Won the mile title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in a meet-record 4:27.18 in a performance that moved her up to No. 2 on the all-time collegiate list and equal to No. 8 on the all-time U.S. Indoor list … Margin of victory of 1.53 over runner-up Shelby Houlihan of Arizona State is the largest since 2006.

Won the mile and distance medley relay titles at the Big Ten Championships, running a 4:32.29 in the mile final to win by nearly nine full seconds and a reported 4:25 on the 1600 meter leg to anchor the top-seeded DMR … Ran 4:34.28 in January to win the Michigan-Michigan State dual mile by more than eight seconds.

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Junior
Sprints

Carrollton, Texas
Newman Smith HS

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Courtney Okolo, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Finalist…Sixth Watch List appearance

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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Senior
Pole Vault

New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels HS
(Kansas transfer)

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Demi Payne, Stephen F. Austin

The Bowerman Notes: Third appearance on the Watch List … First appearance by an athlete from the Southland Conference for either gender.

2015 Indoor: No-heighted at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.

Has broken the indoor pole vault collegiate record three times, and has the two best college marks indoors or out… With a first-attempt clearance of 15-7 (4.75m) [at altitude] at the New Mexico Lobo Collegiate Invitational, she moved up to a share of No. 3 on the all-time U.S. Indoor list, and a share of No. 11 on the IAAF World list … No American has ever jumped higher in the month of January, and only three women in the history of the world have jumped higher in January… initially broke Sandi Morris’ collegiate record the week prior with a first-attempt clearance of 15-2.25 (4.63m) at Texas A&M … Won the USATF indoor championship in Boston.

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Junior
Sprints/Jumps

Clovis, Calif.
Clovis HS

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Jenna Prandini, Oregon

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

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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RS Senior
Distance

Chesterfield, Missouri
Parkway Central HS (Wisconsin transfer)

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Emily Sisson, Providence

The Bowerman Notes: Second career appearance on the Watch List after two honorable mentions in 2013…First ever Watch List appearance for a Providence athlete.

This Season: Won the 5000 at the NCAA Indoor Championship and finished third in the 3000 … Took the 5000 meters title in 15:32.15 by more than eight seconds over Rachel Johnson of Baylor en route to the fifth-best time in meet history … Ran 9:01.16 at 3000 meters.

Broke the collegiate record for 5000 meters in 15:12.22 at the BIG EAST championship…Ran the fifth fastest 3000 in college history and two of the six fastest 5000s in college history … her 8:52.60 at 3000 meters came in a fourth-place finish at the Millrose Games … In addtion to her collegiate 5000-meter record, she also ran 15:21.84 in December.

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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 nine in her young career.

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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