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Women’s Semifinalists

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Senior
Sprints

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bradley Tech HS

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Dezerea Bryant, Kentucky

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy … Along with teammate Kendra Harrison, the duo are the first Kentucky Semifinalists.

NCAAs: Won the NCAA Outdoor title at 200 meters in 22.18 by .03 over rival Semifinalist Jenna Prandini of Oregon for the second-fastest time in collegiate history, and the fastest-ever low-altitude time … Ran a 22.38w (+2.8m/s) in the 200-meter semifinals … Finished third in the 100-meter final in 11.01w (+3.1m/s), and ran 10.99w (+3.0m/s) in the semifinals

2015 Outdoor: Finished third at the SEC Championships in both the 100 meters (11.33) and 200 meters (22.65), and ran legs of the fourth-place 4×100 and 4×400 relays … Won the 200 (22.97) and finished runner-up in the 100 (11.52) at the Kentucky Relays.

2015 Indoor: At the NCAA Indoor Championships, finished third at 200 meters (22.86) and seventh at 60 meters (7.27) … Ran 7.15 in the prelims of the NCAA Championships 60 meters for the round’s top time … Finished runner-up at both 60 and 200 meters at the SEC Indoor Championships in 7.18 and 23.02, respectively … Won the 60 (7.18) and the 200 (23.12) at the season-opening Kentucky Invitational in January.

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Sophomore
Jumps

Hartselle, Alabama
Hartselle HS

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Quanesha Burks, Alabama

The Bowerman Notes: First career Semifinalist appearance … Second year in a row Alabama has had a Semifinalist (Remona Burchell in 2014)

NCAAs: Won the NCAA Outdoor long jump title with a leap of 22-8w (6.91m, +2.6m/s), moving her to No. 8 on the all-time collegiate performers list in the event under all conditions

2015 Outdoor: Won the SEC title in the long jump with a leap of 22-5.25 (6.84m) to claim a share of the ninth-farthest wind-legal jump in collegiate history … Undefeated in six long jump finals, including wins at the LSU Invitational and the Alabama vs. Mississippi Border Clash.

2015 Indoor: Did not qualify to the NCAA Indoor Championships … Finished sixth in the long jump at the SEC Championships

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Sophomore
Hurdles/Sprints

Chicago, Ill.
Lindbolm HS

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Shamier Little, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Bowerman Trophy Semifinalist … Sixth Semifinalist appearance from Texas A&M’s women, second only to 10 from Oregon … Combines with teammate Shelbi Vaughan for Texas A&M’s second year with multiple Semifinalists (2011), second only to Oregon’s three such years.

NCAAs: Scored a come-from-behind victory over rival Watch List member Kendra Harrison of Kentucky in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships in 53.74 for the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history … Became the youngest woman in the history of the world to break the 54-second-barrier in the 400-meter hurdles … Ran a leg of Texas A&M’s seventh-place 4×400 relay.

2015 Outdoor: Won the SEC Outdoor title in the 400-meter hurdles in 54.68, and ran a leg of the runner-up 4×400 relay … Won the 400-meter hurdles at the TCU Horned Frog Invitational, the Sun Angel Classic and the Stanford Invitational.

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Senior
Hurdles

Clayton, North Carolina
Clayton HS
(Clemson transfer)

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Kendra Harrison, Kentucky

The Bowerman Notes: First career Semifinalist appearance … Along with teammate Dezerea Bryant, the duo are the first Kentucky Semifinalists.

NCAAs: Won the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships and finished runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles … Claimed the 100H title in in 12.55 for the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history after running 12.59w (+2.7m/s) in the semifinals … Finished runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles to rival Semifinalist Shamier Little of Texas A&M in 54.09 for the fifth-fastest time in collegiate history … Only woman in collegiate history currently ranked top-five all-time in both the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.

2015 Outdoor: Won the SEC title in the 100-meter hurdles in 12.50, moving up to No. 3 on the all-time collegiate performers list with the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history … Finished runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles in 55.60 … Moved into a share of the No. 10 spot on the all-time collegiate performances list in the 100-meter hurdles in 12.62 to win the Tom Jones Memorial Classic … Ran a then-collegiate-leading 54.94 to win the Florida Relays 400-meter hurdles by nearly a second … 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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Senior
Pole Vault

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

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Sandi Morris, Arkansas

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … Second pole vaulter from Arkansas to be named a Semifinalist, joining Tina Sutej, who eventually went on to be a Finalist

NCAAs: Finished runner-up in the NCAA Championships pole vault to rival Semifinalist Demi Payne of Stephen F. Austin with a clearance of 15-3 (4.65m) that was 20 centimeters better than the previous meet record.

2015 Outdoor: Broke the collegiate record at the SEC Championships with a clearance of 15-5.75 (4.72m) on her first attempt, reclaiming the collegiate record that had been broken twice by Watch List rival Demi Payne … Cleared 15-1.75 (4.62m) on her second attempt to give her three of the top five clearances in collegiate history … Vaulted 14-9 (4.50m) at the Arkansas Twilight and 14-9.5 (4.51m) at the Drake Relays … Temporarily 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 … Her record had since been topped by rival Demi Payne of Stephen F. Austin … Won her outdoor debut at the Texas Relays at 14-11 (4.55m) … 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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Freshman
Jumps

Budd Lake, New Jersey
Mount Olive HS

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Keturah Orji, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalists … Just the third frosh to be named a women’s Semifinalist, and the second from Georgia (Kendell Williams, 2014)

NCAAs: Won the NCAA Outdoor Championships triple jump with a leap of 46-5.25 (14.15m) for a new U.S. Junior record, the second-best jump in Championships history and the fifth-farthest jump in collegiate history … Moved to the No. 4 spot on the all-time collegiate performers list … Also jumped 46-4.75w (14.14, +3.9m/s) on her final attempt … Finished seventh in the long jump with a mark of 21-6.75w (6.57m, +4.3m/s)

2015 Outdoor: Won the SEC Outdoor triple jump title with a wind-aided 46-4.25w (14.13m, +2.7m/s) by more than two feet over 2015 indoor national champion Ciarra Brewer of Florida … Finished third in the SEC long jump at 21-8.25 (6.61m), for one of three meters farther than 6.60m on the outdoor season

2015 Indoor: Finished runner-up in the triple jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a leap of 45-2.25 (13.77m) … Moved to No. 10 on the all-time collegiate indoor list in the triple jump with a mark of 45-10.5 (13.98m) at the Rod McCravy Memorial.

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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: First career Semifinalist appearance … First athlete of either gender from the Southland Conference to be named a Semifinalist.

NCAAs: Shattered the NCAA Championships pole vault record by 25 centimeters with first attempt clearances all the way through 15-5 (4.70m), defeating collegiate outdoor record holder/indoor national champion Sandi Morris of Arkansas (also a Bowerman Semifinalist) by five centimeters.

2015 Outdoor: Cleared 15-5.5 (4.71m) at the Southland Championships to establish a new collegiate record for the second time in three weekends, but her mark has since been topped by Watch List rival Sandi Morris … Cleared that historic height on her second attempt after a first-attempt clearance at 15-1 (4.60m), giving her five of the nine highest clearances in collegiate history … Broke the collegiate record at the Drake Relays with a runner-up mark of 15-3.5 (4.66m), defeating former collegiate record holder Sandi Morris head-to-head … Vaulted 15-1.5 (4.61m) earlier in that same week at the Drake Relays Street Vault … Vaulted 14-9.5 (4.51m) at the Longhorn Invitational. and cleared heights of 14-9 (4.50m) at the Texas Invitational and the SFA Skechers Carl Kight Invitational.

2015 Indoor: No-heighted at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships … Broke 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: Named a Semifinalist for the second consecutive season … Accounts for the 10th women’s Semifinalist appearance for Oregon, most of all schools for either gender.

NCAAs: Won the 100 meters and finished runner-up both at 200 meters and in the long jump for 26 total points – tied for the third-highest single-championships total in meet history … Claimed the 100 meters title in 10.96w (+3.1m/s) after running 11.03 in the semifinals … Came within .03 of the 200 meters title in 22.21 for the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history … Ran 22.46w (+4.6m/s) in the 200-meter semifinals … Jumped 22-3.75 (6.80m) to finish runner-up in the long jump behind rival Semifinalist Quanesha Burks of Alabama for the fourth-longest wind-legal jump in meet history.

2015 Outdoor: Did not compete at the Pac-12 Championships due to a reported illness … Ran the No. 2 time at 100 meters in collegiate history with a winning time of 10.92 at the Mt. SAC Relays, which is the fastest time by a collegian not achieved at altitude … Ran a collegiate-leading 22.42 at 200 meters in that same meet … Ran a leg of the winning sprint medley relay at the Penn Relays … Won the long jump at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational with a fifth-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 fourth-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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RS Senior
Distance

Chesterfield, Missouri
Chesterfield HS

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Emily Sisson, Providence

The Bowerman Notes: First career Semifinalist appearance … First Semifinalist from Providence for either gender

NCAAs: Won the NCAA Outdoor Championships 5000 meters title in 15:34.10 by six seconds over Arkansas’ Dominique Scott … Ran the seventh-fastest time in NCAA Championships history , and the fastest since 2010.

2015 Outdoor: Ran 31:38.03 at the Payton Jordan Invitational over 10,000 meters for the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history … Won the 5000-meter title at the BIG EAST Championships in 15:40.64, just slightly slower than the 15:40.31 she ran at the NCAA East Prelims … Won the Penn Relays 3000 meters in 9:09.12

2015 Indoor: Won the NCAA title at 5000 meters in 15.32.15 for the fifth-fastest time in meet history … Finished third at the NCAA Championships at 3000 meters in 9:01.16 … Broke the collegiate record at 5000 meters in 15:12.22 with a win at the BIG EAST Championships … Ran 15:21.84 over 5000 meters at the Boston U Season Opener for the sixth-fastest time in collegiate history indoors … Ran the fifth-fastest time in collegiate indoor history at 3000 meters in 8:52.60 at the Millrose Games.

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Junior
Throws

Mansfield, Texas
Mansfield Legacy HS

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Shelbi Vaughan, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: Named a Semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy for the second consecutive season …

NCAAs: Won the NCAA Outdoor Championships discus title with a throw of 201-5 (61.39m) for the eighth-farthest throw in NCAA Championships history

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 eight feet (more than two meters) … Has recorded the three 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) … Has thrown 190-0 (57.91m) or farther 10 times this season, compared to just three for the remainder of the country.

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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