Women’s The Bowerman Watch List

Women’s May Watch List

Want to learn more about the 2015-16 Women’s Watch List? Click a student-athlete’s photo to go to her biography section.

 
 

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Senior
Sprints

Lithonia, Georgia
M.L.K. Jr. HS

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Felicia Brown, Tennessee

The Bowerman Notes: Fourth career Watch List appearance

Outdoor Season:

  • Ran a collegiate-leading and career outdoor-best 22.55 at the Seminole Invitational, along with a career-best 11.40 at 100 meters
  • Won the LSU Alumni Gold 200 meters in 22.57w (+2.6m/s)
  • Ran legs of the runner-up 4×100, 4×200 and 4×400 relays at the Penn Relays
  • Ranked No. 5 in the world at 200 meters

Indoor NCAA Championships: Won the 200 meters title in 22.47 for the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history and the third-fastest in meet history … Ran 22.59 in the semifinals for a share of the 11th-fastest time in meet history … Won by .36 of a second for the second-largest margin of victory in the event’s history … Ran a leg of Tennessee’s fifth-place 4×400 relay and finished 10th at 60 meters

Indoor Regular Season:

  • Collegiate and world leader at 200 meters with a 22.45 to win the SEC Championships title over defending national indoor champion Kyra Jefferson of Florida.
  • Her 200 meter time moved her to the No. 3 position on both the all-time collegiate performers list and performances list. It also moved her to No. 3 on the all-time U.S. indoor performers list
  • Anchored the SEC-winning 4×400 relay to a 3:30.56, moving Tennessee to the No. 10 spot on the all-time team list
  • Finished fifth in the SEC 60 meters in 7.28 after running a career-best 7.23 in the prelims
  • Won the Tyson Invitational 200 meters in a then indoor career-best 22.81

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Senior
Combined Events

St. Michael, Barbados
(OK Baptist transfer)

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Akela Jones, Kansas State

The Bowerman Notes: Sixth career Watch List appearance.

Outdoor Season:

  • Scored 6307 to win the Mt. SAC Relays Heptathlon, good for a share of the sixth-best score in collegiate history, and a share of the third-best score ever recorded prior to the NCAA Championships.
  • Jumped a collegiate-leading 1.95m (6-4¾) during that heptathlon, the highest-ever clearance by a collegiate heptathlete and tied for the No. 8 spot on the all-time collegiate performers list.
  • Improved on her own collegiate lead in the high jump, which had previously stood at 1.90m (6-2¾) – a height no other collegian has yet cleared this season.
  • Long jumped 6.55m (21-6) at the Arkansas John McDonnell Invitational for a share of the No. 4 rank in the nation. Also ran a career-best 12.94 in the 100-meter hurdles at Arkansas for the No. 5 wind-legal time of the college season.
  • Tied for the world lead in the heptathlon
  • Tied for the world lead in the high jump

Indoor NCAA Championships: Had her overall pentathlon competition derailed with a fall over the final hurdle in the opening 60-meter hurdles event, but turned in historic performances in the pentathlon high jump and long jump … Tied the collegiate high jump record at 1.98m (6-6) on her first attempt … Won the open NCAA high jump title the following day at 1.87m (6-1½) … Leapt 6.80m (22-3¾) in the pentathlon long jump for a share of the 2016 collegiate lead and the all-time best mark by a pentathlete during a collegiate competition … Finished 14th overall in the pentathlon at 3623 after dropping out of the 800 meters, but scored 3083 points in the three field events

Indoor Regular Season

  • Won individual Big 12 titles in the 60-meter hurdles, long jump and high jump
  • Took the Big 12 long jump title with a leap of 6.75m (22-1¾), moving into a share of both the 2016 collegiate lead and the No. 8 spot on the all-time collegiate performers list
  • Won the Big 12 high jump crown with a second-attempt clearance at 1.93m (6-4), moving her into the 2016 collegiate lead and a share of the No. 11 spot on the all-time college performers list
  • Ran a career-best 8.00 to win the Big 12 60-meter hurdles title, moving her to No. 4 on the 2016 collegiate list and making her just the 27th woman in college history to run 8.00 or faster.
  • Moved to No. 2 on the all-time collegiate pentathlon performers list with a 2016 college-leading score of 4643 at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational, which was the best-ever score by a collegian in the month of January

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Junior
Hurdles

Chicago, Ill.
Lindbolm HS

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Shamier Little, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: 2015 Semifinalist … Seventh career Watch List appearance

Outdoor Season:

  • 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
Hurdles

Ypsilanti, Michigan
Huron HS

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Cindy Ofili, Michigan

The Bowerman Notes: Third career Watch List appearance

Outdoor Season:

  • Won the Drake Relays 100-meter hurdles in 12.90, and ran the fastest 100 meters time in the prelims (11.57w) before opting to compete in the hurdles final.
  • Ran a collegiate-leading 12.66 (+2.0m/s) to win the Mt. SAC Relays
  • Won the 100, 200 and 100 hurdles in a dual against North Carolina and Duke.
  • No. 4 in the world in the 100-meter hurdles

Indoor NCAA Championships: Won the national title in the 60-meter hurdles in a 2016 collegiate-best 12.89 by .02 of a second … She became just the sixth woman in collegiate history to run faster than 7.90

Indoor Regular Season:

  • Finished runner-up in the 60 hurdles at the Big Ten Championships by .02 in 7.99, in addition to fifth-place finishes both at 60 and 200 meters.
  • Also ran 7.97 in the 60-meter hurdles to win the Notre Dame Meyo Invitational

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Senior
Sprints

Carrolton, Texas
Newman Smith HS

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Courtney Okolo, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Bowerman Finalist … 13th career appearance on the Watch List

Outdoor Season (& post NCAA indoor):

  • 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: 2015 Semifinalist … Eighth career appearance on the Watch List

Outdoor Season:

  • Debuted in her signature triple jump event at the Virginia Challenge with a college-leading 14.11m (46-3½) and an additional mark of 14.10m (46-3¼). Those marks are the 9th and 10th-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. 4 in the world in the triple jump

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
Pole Vault

New Braunfels, Tex.
New Braunfels HS
Kansas Transfer

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Demi Payne, Stephen F. Austin

The Bowerman Notes: 2015 Finalist… 12th career Watch List appearance

Outdoor Season:

  • Cleared 4.45m (14-7¼) at the UTSA Invitational after three unsuccessful attempts at 4.75m (15-7).
  • Has not vaulted since her pole snapped while competing at the Texas Relays before clearing a height

DISCLAIMER: Payne has exhausted her indoor collegiate eligibility, but returned for one final outdoor campaign. Per Bowerman rules, her unattached performances from this indoor season must not factor into her candidacy for The Bowerman at season’s end.

  • Cleared 4.85m (15-11) at the USATF Indoor Championships, finishing third and missing out on a bid to compete at the IAAF World Indoor Championships
  • Cleared 4.90m (16-¾) to finish runner-up via tie breaker at the Millrose Games, giving her a share of the No. 3 spot on the all-time world performers list and the No. 2 spot on the all-time U.S. indoor performers list
  • Cleared 4.88m (16-0) at the New Mexico Collegiate Classic to become just the third woman in world history to surpass the 16-foot barrier
  • Unattached, cleared 4.71m (15-5½) at the Akron Pole Vault Convention and 4.65m (15-3) at both Texas A&M and Houston

 

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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 appearance on the Watch List … Is the second woman to represent Southern Illinois (Raven Saunders, 2015) and hers is the sixth total Watch List appearance for the Salukis.

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 this past weekend’s SIU-SIUE dual
  • 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. 7 in the world in the hammer throw

Indoor Season: Did not compete; no remaining eligibility

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Sophomore
Middle Distance

Houston, Tex.
Kinkaid HS

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Raevyn Rogers, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: Sixth career Watch List appearance

Outdoor Season:

  • Ran legs of the winning sprint medley and 4×400 relays at the Penn Relays
  • Ran 2:02.81 to finish third overall and second among collegians (behind indoor mile champion Kaela Edwards of Oklahoma State) at the Mt. SAC Relays
  • Also ran 2:03.77 to win the Pepsi Invitational 800 meters

Indoor NCAA Championships: Won the 800 meters national title in 2:04.68 after running 2:03.13 in the preliminaries … Anchored the third-place 4×400 relay team with a 51.41 leg

Indoor Regular Season:

  • Came within .15 of the indoor collegiate 800-meter record with a 2:00.90 to finish fourth at the Millrose Games, moving to No. 2 all-time among collegians in the process
  • She is the only woman in collegiate history to have broken both 2:00 outdoors and 2:01 indoors in a career
  • In running 1:26.34 over 600 meters on Washington’s oversized track, Rogers ran faster than any other collegian in history over that distance, regardless of track size
  • Ran a 51.95 anchor leg on the country’s second-fastest 4×400 relay at the Razorback Invitational, and 2:06.35 on 800m leg of No. 4 DMR team

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Junior
Combined Events

Marietta, Georgia
Kell HS

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Kendell Williams, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist… 14th career Watch List appearance, most among this month’s 10 Watch List members

Outdoor Season (& Post NCAA Indoors):

  • 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. 15 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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