Women’s The Bowerman Semifinalists

Women’s Semifinalists

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Senior
Distance

Nixa, Missouri
Nixa HS

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Courtney Frerichs, New Mexico

The Bowerman Notes: First Semifinalist appearance for Frerichs and for New Mexico.

NCAA Championships: Broke former Bowerman Winner Jenny Simpson’s steeplechase collegiate record with an NCAA Championships-winning time of 9:24.41. Became just the second woman in collegiate history (Barringer, 2009) to run sub-9:30 twice in the same college season.

Outdoor Season:

  • Ran 9:29.31 in the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational for what is now the sixth-fastest time in collegiate history.

Indoor Regular Season: Did not have eligibility indoors.

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Junior
Hurdles

Chicago, Ill.
Lindbolm HS

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Shamier Little, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: A semifinalist for the second consecutive season

NCAA Championships: Won the national title in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.51 for the second-fastest time in collegiate history.

Outdoor Season:

  • Won the SEC Championship in the 400-meter hurdles in a 2016 collegiate-leading 54.72 after running 55.29 in the prelims
  • Won the LSU Invitational 400-meter hurdles in 55.14 for the No. 2 time in the nation, topping the third and sixth-ranked women in the nation along the way.
  • Ran a 56.38 in the 400-meter hurdles at the Texas A&M vs. UCLA dual for the eighth-fastest time in the country this season.
  • Also ran a 56.67 in the 400H in her season debut in the event at the Sun Angel Classic.
  • No. 4 in the world in the 400-meter hurdles

Indoor NCAA Championships: Finished fourth overall at 400 meters in 51.74 after running 52.50 in the semifinals.

Indoor Regular Season:

  • Though her specialty 400-meter hurdles event isn’t contested until the outdoor season, she’s ranked No. 3 in NCAA DI at 400 meters in 52.15
  • Finished runner-up over 400 meters at the SEC Championships in 52.15

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Senior
Throws

Geneva, Nebraska
Fillmore Central HS

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Maggie Malone, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: First career Semifinalist appearance

NCAA Championships: Broke the collegiate record in the javelin with a winning mark of 62.19m (204-0). Ended up with four all-time top-10 collegiate throws at the NCAA Championships, and five overall for the season. Became the first woman to throw 60 meters twice or more in the same college competition, with four over that distance

Outdoor Season:

  • Opened her season with a 60.36m (198-0) mark of the Baldy Castillo Invitational for what is now the No. 10 throw in college history
  • Undefeated in six javelin finals
  • Won the SEC Championships with a mark of 59.50m (195-2)

Indoor Regular Season: Did not compete

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Senior
Sprints

Carrolton, Texas
Newman Smith HS

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Courtney Okolo, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: Repeats as a Semifinalist after a 2014 season that saw her eventually become one of three finalists for The Bowerman

NCAA Championships: Won the 400-meter national title in 50.36 for the 10th-fastest time in collegiate history. Also anchored the Longhorns’ 4×400 relay team to a come-from-behind national title.

Outdoor Season (& post NCAA indoor):

  • Won the Big 12 Championships over 400 meters in 50.76 after running 51.61 in the prelims. Also finished third at 200 meters in 23.25 after running 23.01 in the prelims.
  • Broke her own collegiate 400 meters record at the LSU Alumni Gold in 49.71, becoming the first collegian to crack the 50-second barrier during the college season. Her time is the fastest-ever by a collegian, before or after the NCAA Championships.
  • Ran a leg of the No. 2 4×400 relay (3:26.54) at the Texas Relays
  • Ran the third leg of Team USA’s gold-medal 4×400 relay in 50.71 at the IAAF World Indoor Championships
  • No. 2 in the world at 400 meters

Indoor NCAA Championships: Won the 400 meters crown in 50.69 for the third-fastest time both in collegiate and Championships history … Anchored the Longhorns’ winning 4×400 relay, splitting 50.77 to clinch the victory for Texas

Indoor Regular Season:

  • Won two individual titles at the Big 12 Championships at both 200 and 400 meters
  • Ran a collegiate-leading 51.06 over 400 meters to win the Big 12 crown in that event
  • Won the 200 meter race at Big 12s with a career-best 22.79, good for No. 3 on the 2016 collegiate leaderboard
  • Ran 51.16 in her 400-meter season debut at the Nebraska Frank Sevigne Husker Invitational for the fastest time ever run by a collegian outside conference or national championship meets
  • Anchored the collegiate-leading 4×400 relay to a 3:27.94 – the fastest regular-season time in collegiate history – with a 50.59 split

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Sophomore
Jumps

Mount Olive, N.J.
Mount Olive HS

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Keturah Orji, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: Is a Semifinalist for the second consecutive season

NCAA Championships: Broke the collegiate and American records in the triple jump with a leap of 14.53m (47-8), and three times more jumped farther than 13.90m. Also finished sixth in the long jump with a mark of 6.29m (20-7¾).

Outdoor Season:

  • Broke the collegiate record in the triple jump with a leap of 14.29m (46-10¾) at the East Prelims.
  • Won the SEC Championship in the triple jump with a windy leap of 14.60m (47-10¾, +2.9m/s) that tied the longest jump in collegiate history under all conditions.
  • She also notched a wind-legal leap of 14.19m (46-6¾) for the sixth-best wind-legal jump in collegiate history – which also made her the only American this season with the Olympic qualifying standard
  • Also finished fourth-place in the SEC long jump at 6.48m (21-3¼).
  • Has recorded six triple jump marks this outdoor season, all of which would be the collegiate leader and five of which are farther than 14 meters.
  • Debuted in her signature triple jump event at the Virginia Challenge at 14.11m (46-3½) and an additional mark of 14.10m (46-3¼). Those marks are the 10th and 11th-farthest in college history, and make her just the second woman in college history to jump 14.10m or farther twice in the same meet under wind-legal conditions (collegiate record-holder Kim Williams of Florida State in 2011 is the other)
  • No collegian has ever triple jumped farther in the month of April
  • Long jumped a season-best 6.55m (21-6) at the Georgia Invitational to move into a share of the No. 4 spot on the wind-legal descending order list
  • No. 8 in the world in the triple jump; No. 4 on the all-conditions world list

Indoor NCAA Championships: Won the triple jump national title with a winning leap of 14.12m (46-4) to win by 71 centimters for the biggest margin of victory since 1990 … Her winning leap was the sixth-farthest in collegiate history and tied for the fourth-farthest in Championships history … Also finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 6.48m (21-3¼).

Indoor Regular Season:

  • Won the SEC title in the triple jump with an indoor career-best leap of 14.08m (46-2½), moving her into a share of the No. 6 spot on the all-time collegiate performers list with the eighth-farthest jump in college history.
  • Became just the 10th woman in collegiate indoor history to surpass the 14-meter threshold, and moved to No. 5 on the all-time indoor U.S. performers list
  • Finished fourth in the SEC long jump with an indoor career-best leap of 6.51m (21-4¼). She also finished third at the Razorback Invitational with a leap the exact same distance

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Senior
Throws

Moscow Mills, Missouri
Troy Buchanan HS

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DeAnna Price, Southern Illinois

The Bowerman Notes: First career Semifinalist appearance

NCAA Championships: Broke the NCAA Championships record in the hammer throw with a mark of 71.53m (234-8) for a nearly six-meter margin of victory – the biggest in the event’s history at the NCAA Championships.

Outdoor Season:

  • Owns the 24 best hammer throw marks of the 2016 collegiate season, including the second-farthest throw in history at 72.66m (238-4) from the SIU-SIUE dual
  • Won the MVC titles both in the hammer throw and the shot put
  • Price has equaled or surpassed 230 feet (70.10m) 15 times so far this season, equal to the total number of 230-foot throws in the USTFCCCA record books prior to the beginning of this season
  • Has posted four of the nine farthest throws in collegiate history this season
  • No. 8 in the world in the hammer throw

Indoor Season: Did not compete; no remaining eligibility

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Sophomore
Throws

Charleston, SC
Burke HS
SIU Transfer

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Raven Saunders, Ole Miss

The Bowerman Notes: Sixth career Watch List appearance

NCAA Championships: Broke the 33-year-old collegiate record in the shot put and became the first collegiate woman to throw farther than 19 meters outdoors with a heave of 19.33m (63-5).

Outdoor Season:

  • Notched a collegiate shot put leader at the Alabama Relays with a mark of 18.75m (61-6¼) in mid-March
  • Won the SEC Championship in the shot put at 18.58m (60-11½) and also finished runner-up in the discus at 56.24m (184-6) and sixth in the hammer with a career-best 57.97m (190-2)
  • Has thrown farther than 18 meters in the shot put nine times this season, including winning marks of 18.63m (61-1½), 18.57m (60-11¼), and 18.33m (60-1¾)
  • Threw a career-best 56.85m (186-6) in the discus in mid-March
  • Ranked No. 6 in the world in the shot put

NCAA Indoor Championships: Did not advance to the finals in the shot put, finishing 12th overall … Threw 16.59m (54-5¼) on her first attempt and fouled her last two

Indoor Regular Season:

  • Broke the collegiate shot put record with a heave of 19.23m (63-1¼) at the Iowa State Classic, topping the old standard by a single centimeter and moving to No. 5 on the all-time U.S. indoor performers list
  • Also threw 19.02m (62-5) at Iowa State to become the first collegian to surpass the 19-meter barrier twice in the same meet. That throw is the fifth-best in collegiate history.
  • With a winning heave of 18.98m (62-3¼) at the Vanderbilt Commodore Invitational, she moved up to No. 3 on the all-time collegiate performers list with the fifth-farthest throw in collegiate history. The mark is the farthest-ever throw by a collegian in the month of January
  • Has broken the 18-meter barrier nine times in 2016, including marks of 18.67m (61-3) to win the Kentucky Invitational, 18.56m (60-10¾) at the Conference Clash Power Five Invitational, and 18.12m (59-5½) at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational
  • Threw a career-best 20.78m (68-2¼) in the weight throw at the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational

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Senior
Distance

Capetown, South Africa
Rhenish Girls HS

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Dominique Scott-Efurd, Arkansas

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist

NCAA Championships: Became the first woman since former Bowerman Finalist Lisa Koll of Iowa State in 2010 to sweep the 5000- and 10,000-meter national titles. Ran 15:57.07 to win the 5000 title and clocked 32:35.69 for the 10,000 title.

Outdoor Season:

  • Ran 31:56.84 over 10,000 meters at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational for the seventh-fastest time in collegiate history
  • Ran a career-best 15:25.10 over 5000 meters at the Stanford Invitational
  • Won the SEC Championships 5000 meters and finished runner-up at 1500 meters.

Indoor Regular Season: Did not have remaining eligibility

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Freshman
Sprints

Signal Hill, Calif.
Poly HS

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Ariana Washington, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: First career Semifinalist appearance … Fourth freshman woman to be named a Semifinalist

NCAA Championships: Became the first freshman in NCAA Championships history to sweep the 100 and 200 meters national titles, and the first woman overall to do it since 2003. Won the 200 title in 22.21 for the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history and ran a windy 10.95w to take the 100 title. Also ran a leg of the third-place 4×100 relay.

Outdoor Season:

  • Finished as the Pac-12 runner-up over 100 meters and was third at 200 meters

Indoor NCAA Championships: Did not compete at the NCAA Indoor Championships

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Junior
Combined Events

Marietta, Georgia
Kell HS

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Kendell Williams, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: Returns as a semifinalist for the second time in her career (2014)

NCAA Championships: Won the national title in the heptathlon with a come-from-behind victory at 6,225 points. The total moves her to No. 7 on the all-time collegiate performers list.

Outdoor Season (& Post NCAA Indoors):

  • Finished runner-up in the SEC 100-meter hurdles final in 13.00 after running a season-best 12.96 in the prelims
  • Threw a significant career-best in the javelin at 41.33m (135-7) at the Virginia Challenge. Threw an outdoor career-best 13.26m (43-6) in the shot put at the Georgia Invitational.
  • Scored 5957 points to finish runner-up in the Bulldog Heptathlon, good for the fourth-best score among collegians this season
  • Finished sixth in the pentathlon at the IAAF World Indoor Championships with 4586 points, which stands as the sixth-best score in collegiate history
  • No. 18 in the world in the heptathlon

Indoor NCAA Championships: Won the NCAA Championships title in the pentathlon with a collegiate-record score of 4703 … Became the first collegian in history to surpass 4700 points and the fourth woman in American indoor history to do so … Williams now owns four of the five best scores in collegiate history … Ran 8.09 in the pentathlon 60-meter hurdles, the fastest ever run by a collegian in the pentathlon … Finished fifth in the open long jump competition with a season’s best 6.45m (21-2) leap … Qualified in the high jump, but no-heighted

Indoor Regular Season:

  • Scored 4558 points at the Razorback Team Invitational for the No. 9 score in collegiate history
  • Won the SEC title in the pentathlon with a score of 4420 points

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