Women’s Semifinalists Info

Women’s Semifinalists

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Junior
Sprints

Montego Bay, Jamaica
Cambridge HS
Butler County CC

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Remona Burchell, Alabama

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … First woman from Alabama to have been named a Semifinalist since Semifinalists were first named in 2010.

Outdoor: Won the 100 meters title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 11.25 (-3.4m/s) … Ran a 10.95w (+2.3m/s) in the semifinal … ran a leg of the sixth-place 4×100 relay team.

Ran a wind-legal collegiate-leading 11.03 to post the top time at the East Prelims … Finished runner-up at the SEC Championships over 100 meters in 11.12 after running 11.19 in the prelims … Finished runner-up at the Mt. SAC Relays in 11.24 to rival Semifinalist Jenna Prandini of Oregon, who she would eventually beat for the NCAA title.

Indoor: Won the national title at 60 meters in a 2014 collegiate-best 7.11 at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships by .01 over rival Watch List member Dezerea Bryant of Kentucky, moving her up to No. 3 on the all-time collegiate performers list and equal to No. 8 on the 2014 world list … Ran 7.20 in the prelims … Finished runner-up to Bryant at the SEC Championships over 60 meters in 7.24.

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Senior
Sprints

Queens, N.Y.
Catherine McAuley HS

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Phyllis Francis, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … Along with current Semifinalist teammates Laura Roesler and Jenna Prandini, Oregon is the first team, men’s or women’s, to put three student-athletes on the Semifinalist list … Oregon has now had nine women earn Semifinalist status since that distinction was first made in 2010 … Oregon’s semifinalists total is more than twice that of the next best team, Texas A&M with four.

Outdoor: Finished runner-up at 400 meters at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 50.59 … ran the anchor leg of the third-place 4×400 relay team.

Won the 400 meters Pac-12 title in 51.87 and finished runner-up at 200 meters in 22.92 … Won the Mt. SAC Relays 400 meters in 51.57 by nearly a full second in her first 400 meters race of the season … Split 51.07 on the anchor leg of Oregon’s runner-up 4×400 relay at the Penn Relays, and ran a leg of the runner-up 4×100 team … Won the Pepsi Dual 200 meters against Arizona in 22.82w (+2.5 m/s).

Indoor: Broke two collegiate records and an American record at 400 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships with a title at 400 meters in 50.46 and as the national team title-clinching anchor leg of the 4×400 in 3:27.40 … Her world-leading 50.46 win at 400 meters outclassed two-time The Bowerman Semifinalist and two-time defending outdoor 400 meters champion Ashley Spencer of Texas by nearly a second-and-a-half … Topped by .08 the previous collegiate and American record held by Hampton’s Francena McCorory in 2010, from whom she also took the 2014 world lead … Chased down Spencer during the meet finale 4×400 with the team national title on the line with a 50.64 split, leaning at the line for the win and securing the Ducks’ fifth consecutive team title by just half of a team point over Texas.

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Senior
Hurdles/Sprints

Memphis, Tenn.
Northside HS

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Sharika Nelvis, Arkansas State

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … First student-athete from the Sun Belt Conference, regardless of gender, to have been named a Semifinalist since that distinction was first made in 2010.

Outdoor: Won the 100-meter hurdles title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in a windy, all-conditions world-leading 12.52 (+2.8m/s) to cap an undefeated season inhurdles finals between the indoor (seven) and outdoor (four) seasons … Ranked No. 4 in meet history and No. 6 all-time on the collegiate list, under all conditions … Finished 13th at 100 meters in 11.34.

Ran a wind-aided 12.66 (+2.3m/s) for the fastest time at the West Prelims … Won three individual titles at the Sun Belt Championships at both 100 and 200 meters and in the 100-meter hurdles, while also finishing runner-up in the long jump … Won the Mt. SAC Relays 100-meter hurdles in a wind-legal collegiate-leading 12.71.

Indoor: Won the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in 7.93 to move to the No. 7 spot on the all-time collegiate performers list … Won four individual titles at the Sun Belt Championships at both 60 and 200 meters, in the 60-meter hurdles and in the long jump.

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Sophomore
Sprints

Carrollton, Texas
Newman Smith HS

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Courtney Okolo, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … First woman from Texas to be named a Semifinliast since that distinction was first made in 2010 … Though she is the lone Longhorn on the current Semifinalist list, she joins with teammate Ashley Spencer for three total Semifinalist appearances on Texas’ roster. Spencer was a two-time Semifinalist while at Illinois.

Outdoor: Won the 400 meters crown at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 50.23 by a third of a second over rival Semifinalist Phyllis Francis of Oregon … Posted the No. 5 time in collegiate history with the result, making her one of just two women with a pair of top-five all-time performances (Natasha Hastings, South Carolina, 2007) … Anchored Texas to a 4×400 relay NCAA Championships record in 3:24.21 with a split of 49.58, which is is the the third-fastest in meet history and the fastest by an underclassman … also ran a leg of Texas’ third-place 4×100 relay.

Won the Big 12 400 meters title in a world-leading, collegiate-record 50.03, surpassing the previous record of 50.10 set by Monique Henderson of UCLA at the 2005 NCAA Championships … Ran a leg of Texas’ winning 4×100 relay at the Big 12 meet, and also finished eighth at 200 meters … Won the 400 meters at the Longhorn Invitational in 51.36 … ran a legs of the Longhorns’ winning 4×400 relays at the Penn Relays and Texas Relays.

Indoor: Finished fourth at 400 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in 51.97, and ran a leg of Texas’ runner-up 4×400 relay team …Finished runner-up at the Big 12 meet both at 200 and 400 meters.

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Sophomore
Sprints/Jumps

Clovis, Calif.
Clovis HS

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Jenna Prandini, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … Along with current Semifinalist teammates Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis, Oregon is the first team, men’s or women’s, to put three student-athletes on the Semifinalist list … Oregon has now had nine women earn Semifinalist status since that distinction was first made in 2010 … Oregon’s semifinalists total is more than twice that of the next best team, Texas A&M with four.

Outdoor: With 24 individual points at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, became the highest individual point scorer since 2001 (Brianna Glenn, Arizona – 26 points) … Won the long jump with a career-best 21-6 (6.55m) on her fifth attempt to break a tie and win by nearly five inches … Finished runner-up at 200 meters by a thousandth of a second to Texas A&M’s Kamaria Brown in 22.63w (+2.2m/s) … Finished third at 100 meters in 11.42 (-3.4m/s) after running an 11.11 in the prelims.

Won three individual titles at the Pac-12 Championships with victories both at 100 and 200 meters and in the long jump, in addition to running a leg of the runner-up 4×100 relay … Ran a leg of the runner-up 4×100 squad at the Penn Relays … Defeated NCAA 100 meters champion Remona Burchell of Alabama en route to winning the Mt. SAC Relays in 11.11 in what was then the collegiate-leading time.

Indoor: Finished seventh at 60 meters in 7.32 at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships … Finished runner-up at 60 meters at the MPSF Championships.

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Sophomore
Throws

Hamilton, New Zealand
Waikata Diocesan HS

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Julia Ratcliffe, Princeton

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … First Princeton woman to be named a Semifinalist. Donn Cabral was named a Men’s Semifinalist in 2012 … Second woman from the Ivy League to be named a Semifinalist, joining Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth from last season.

Outdoor: Won the hammer throw title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships by nearly seven feet with a heave of 219-5 (66.88m) on her fifth attempt, though she had three marks that would have won the competition.

Won all 10 of her hammer throw finals, recording the nine best marks of the collegiate season … Moved to No. 5 on the all-time collegiate performers list with a heave of 230-7 (70.28m) at the Larry Ellis Invitational, which also broke her own Ivy League record … Won the ECAC Championship with a mark of 226-8 (69.10m), the Penn Relays title at 222-4 (67.76m) and the Ivy League title at 222-3 (67.75m).

Indoor: Finished runner-up in the Hammer throw at the Ivy League Championships with a mark of 62-9¼ (19.13m) … Recorded a season’s best mark of 64-10¾ (19.78m) at the Harvard-Yale-Princeton triangular meet.

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Senior
Middle Distance

Fargo,  N.D.
Fargo South HS

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Laura Roesler, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … Along with current Semifinalist teammates Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis, Oregon is the first team, men’s or women’s, to put three student-athletes on the Semifinalist list … Oregon has now had nine women earn Semifinalist status since that distinction was first made in 2010 … Oregon’s semifinalists total is more than twice that of the next best team, Texas A&M with four.

Outdoor: Won the 800 meters title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 2:01.22 by 1.7 seconds for the largest winning margin since 2001 … Ran a 51.62 split on the third leg to help Oregon to a third-place finish in the 4×400 relay.

Ranked first among collegians at 800 meters following a win at the Mt. SAC Relays in 2:00.54 for the No. 8 performance in collegiate history … Was a member of Oregon’s runner-up 4×800 and 4×400 relays at the Penn Relays … Won the Pac-12 800 meters title in 2:05.77 … Ran a 2:01.10 over 800 meters to win at the Pepsi Dual against Arizona … Opened her outdoor season with a 4:19.44 personal best at 1500 meters at the Oregon Preview.

Indoor: Won the NCAA Division I Indoor title at 800 meters in 2:03.85, besting Oklahoma State’s Savannah Camacho by nearly two full seconds … Ran a leg of Oregon’s collegiate-record 4×400 relay in 51.25 to help clinch the Ducks’ fifth consecutive national team title over Texas by just .02 seconds in 3:27.40 … Ran a leg of Oregon’s fifth-place distance medley relay team … Collegiate leader at 800 meters (2:01.32) … Her win at 800 meters in 2:01.32 on Kentucky’s oversized track at the Rod McCravy Memorial Invitational is the second-fastest all-conditions time over the distance indoors in collegiate history, and ran a 2:02.5 split in Oregon’s DMR that ranks among the fastest in collegiate history.

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Senior
Horizontal Jumps

Clarendon, Jamaica
Vere Technical

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Shanieka Thomas, San Diego State

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … First student-athlete from San Diego State, either male or female, to be named a Semifinalist for The Bowerman since that distinction was first made in 2010 … First student-athlete from the Mountain West, male or female, to be named a Semifinalist.

Outdoor: Won the triple jump title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships with a collegiate-leading leap of 45-11¼ (14.00m) to win by nearly a foot-and-a-half … Would have won with three of her six jumps.

Finished undefeated against collegians in four triple jump finals in 2014 … Posted the top collegiate mark at the Mt. SAC Relays in a runner-up finish at 45-½ (13.73m) … Won the Drake Relays title at 44-4 (13.51m) and the Mountain West crown at 44-9½ (13.65m).

Indoor: Claimed the triple jump title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships with a 2014 collegiate-best leap of 45-10 (13.97m), winning by nearly two feet over runner-up Marshay Ryan of Auburn … Could have won the title with four of her five measured attempts, including a leap of 45-7¾ (13.91m) on her first attempt … Won triple jump titles at the Mountain West Championships and the New Mexico Don Kirby Elite, where she jumped 45-3 (13.79m).

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Sophomore
Throws

Mansfield, Texas
Mansfield Legacy HS

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Shelbi Vaughan, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … Fourth woman from Texas A&M to have been named a Semifinalist since that distinction was first made in 2010, a total that includes 2011 winner Jessica Beard.

Outdoor: After staving off elimination on her third attempt following two opening fouls, won the discus title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships with a mark of 196-11 (60.02m) … Could have won with any of her three legal attempts.

Threw the West Prelims’ best mark in the discus at (194-0/59.14m) … Collegiate leader and No. 12 in the world with a SEC-winning discus mark of 208-8 (63.60m), giving her the No. 6 spot on the all-time collegiate performers list and the best mark by a collegian since the turn of the new millennium … Threw 199-3 (60.74m) to win at the Arizona Sun Angel Classic by nearly 27 feet over defending national champion Anna Jelmini of ASU … Owns the top seven collegiate throws of 2014, including winning marks of 198-10 (60.61m) at the Texas Relays and 198-5 (60.49m) at the Stanford Invitational.

Indoor: Did not compete.

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Freshman
Combined Events

Marietta, Ga.
Kell HS

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Kendell Williams, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … Just the second true first-year collegiate woman to be named a Semifinalist, joining Illinois’ Ashley Spencer from 2012 … First student-athlete, male or female, from Georgia to be named a Semifinalist since that distinction was first made in 2010.

Outdoor: Won the heptathlon title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships with a score of 5854 … Posted a new all-time collegiate- and NCAA Championships-best in the heptathlon 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.99, moving her up to No. 1 on the 2014 World Junior list and No. 9 on the all-time World Junior list.

Broke the long-standing U.S. Junior Record in the heptathlon with a collegiate-leading 6018 at the Georgia Bulldog Heptathlon, surpassing the former record of 5678 by Ellannee Richardson of Washington State in 1999 and the all-time U.S. Junior best 5754w by Jackie Joyner-Kersee of UCLA in 1981 … Ranked third of six women in the world who have posted scores better than 6000 points so far in 2014, and leads all collegians by by 15 points … Won the SEC title in the heptathlon with a score of 5877.

Indoor: Broke the collegiate and World Junior pentathlon records with a score of 4635 en route to a national title in the event at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships … Surpassed the previous collegiate record from 2013 of 4569 held by Arkansas’ Makeba Alcide and the previous World Junior record of 4535 set by Sweden’s Carolina Klüft from 2002 … Moved to No. 5 on the all-time U.S. indoor performers list and is just the fifth woman in U.S. history to surpass 4600 points … Defeated defending NCAA pentathlon champion Erica Bougard of Mississippi State, who also surpassed Alcide’s previous collegiate record, by 49 points … Had earlier in the season broken the American Junior pentathlon record with a score of 4302 at the New Mexico Cherry & Silver Invitational, and finished runner-up at the SEC Championships to Bougard.

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