Women’s The Bowerman Watch List

Women’s February 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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Junior
Jumps

Hartselle, Ala.
Hartselle HS

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Quanesha Burks, Alabama

The Bowerman Notes: 2015 Semifinalist … Second Watch List appearance

  • Collegiate leader in the long jump with a winning-leap of 6.71m (22-¼) to win the Conference Clash Power Five Invitational
  • Ranked No. 14 among all collegians at 60 meters with a time of 7.33 at the Commodore Invitational.

Past Seasons

  • 2015 NCAA Outdoor Champion in the long jump with a windy 6.91m (22-8), defeating indoor national champion Jenna Prandini of Oregon
  • Moved to No. 6 on the all-time collegiate long jump performers list with the ninth-farthest jump ever to win the SEC long jump title
  • Finished sixth in the long jump at the SEC Indoor Championships and did not qualify to the NCAA Indoor Championships.
  • Jumped a career-best 6.93m (22-9) to win the 2015 NACAC Championships following the college season

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Senior
Sprints

Detroit, Michigan
Cass Technical HS

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Kyra Jefferson, Florida

The Bowerman Notes: Sixth career appearance on the Watch List.

  • Collegiate leader at 200 meters at 22.72 in winning her debut at the Razorback Invitational, less than a tenth of a second off her NCAA-winning time from a year ago
  • Ran a career-best 7.33 over 60 meters at the Razorback Invitational

Past Seasons

  • 2015 NCAA Indoor Champion at 200 meters in 22.63 after running 22.64 in the prelims, topping eventual The Bowerman winner Jenna Prandini of Oregon.
  • Finished fourth at 200 meters at the NCAA Championships in 22.24, good enough to move her into a tied for No. 7 on the all-time college performers list in the event.
  • Won the SEC Outdoor title at 200 meters
  • Won the SEC Indoor title at 200 meters, and finished runner-up at 400 meters
  • Finished sixth at the 2015 USATF Championships at 200 meters

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Senior
Combined Events

St. Michael, Barbados
(OK Baptist transfer)

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Akela Jones, Kansas State

The Bowerman Notes: Second career Watch List appearance.

  • 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
  • Tied her career-best in the long jump at 6.64m (21-9½), good for the No. 2 rank among collegians this year
  • Has cleared 1.87m (6-1½) in the high jump, good for the No. 2 rank among collegians this year
  • Has run 8.17 in the 60-meter hurdles, good for No. 7 among collegians this year

Past Seasons

  • 2015 NCAA Outdoor Champion in the heptathlon with a winning score of 6371w to defeat reigning champion Kendall Williams of Georgia. That heptathlon was just the second of her career.
  • Also finished fourth in the high jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at 1.87m (6-1½)
  • Finished fourth in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships at 1.84m (6-½) and sixth in the long jump at 6.28m (20-7¼)
  • Posted the second-best long jump of the indoor college season at 6.64m (21-9½)
  • Won the long jump, finished runner-up in the high jump and third in the 60-meter hurdles at the Big 12 Indoor Championships
  • Finished runner-up in the high jump, long jump and 100-meter hurdles at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships
  • Qualified for the IAAF World Championships heptathlon

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Junior
Hurdles

Chicago, Ill.
Lindbolm HS

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Shamier Little, Texas A&M

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

  • Though her specialty 400-meter hurdles event isn’t contested until the outdoor season, she’s ranked No. 5 in NCAA DI at 400 meters in 52.96

Past Seasons

  • 2015 NCAA Outdoor Champion in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.74 for the No. 4 spot on the all-time collegiate list in the event, defeating Kendra Harrison of Kentucky – who is No. 5 on the list – by a quarter of a second.
  • Won the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships title in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.83 and went on to finish runner-up at the IAAF World Championships in 53.94
  • Joined Sheena Johnson as the lone collegians to have ever gone sub-54 seconds three times in a single season (post-NCAA included)
  • Finished fourth at the NCAA Indoor Championships at 400 meters in 51.37
  • SEC Outdoor Champion in the 400-meter hurdles
  • SEC Indoor Champion at 400 meters

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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 … Fifth career appearance on the Watch List

  • Collegiate leader in the triple jump with a winning leap of 13.55m (44-5½) at the Kentucky Rod McCravy Memorial.
  • Ranked No. 6 among NCAA DI women in the long jump with an indoor PR of 6.51m (21-4¼) to finish third at the Conference Clash Power Five Invitational

Past Seasons

  • 2015 NCAA Outdoor Champion in the triple jump with a leap of 14.15m (46-5¼) to move to No. 4 on the all-time collegiate performers list as the only freshman to have surpassed 46 feet. Also finished seventh in the long jump
  • Finished runner-up at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championships in the triple jump
  • Ended the indoor season as the 10th-best collegiate triple jumper of all-time on the performers list
  • SEC Outdoor Champion in the triple jump and third in the long jump
  • SEC Indoor Champion in the triple jump and third in the long jump
  • Finished third in the USATF Outdoor Championships in the triple jump

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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… Eighth career Watch List appearance.

  • Has exhausted eligibility indoors; will return for the outdoor season
  • Unattached, cleared 4.71m (15-5½) at the Akron Pole Vault Convention and 4.65m (15-3) at Texas A&M

Past Seasons

  • 2015 NCAA Outdoor Champion in the pole vault, defeating outdoor collegiate record holder Sandi Morris of Arkansas with a leap of 4.70m (15-5) for the third-highest clearance in collegiate outdoor history.
  • Owns four of the six highest clearances in outdoor college history and six of the top 10
  • Owns the collegiate indoor record at 4.75m (15-7) and five of the top seven clearances in collegiate history
  • Won the Southland Conference outdoor pole vault
  • Won the Southland Conference indoor pole vault
  • Won the USATF Indoor title in the pole vault and finished third at USATF Outdoors to qualify for the IAAF World Championships

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Sophomore
Middle Distance

Houston, Tex.
Kinkaid HS

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Raevyn Rogers, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: Second career Watch List appearance

  • 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

Past Seasons

  • 2015 NCAA Outdoor 800 meters national champion with a winning 1:59.71 that moved her to No. 4 on the all-time collegiate list as just the fourth college woman and the first freshman to dip under two minutes during the NCAA season.
  • Won the Pac-12 outdoor title at 800 meters
  • Finished sixth at the MPSF Indoor Championships at 800 meters, but did not qualify for the NCAA Championships
  • Won the USATF Junior and Pan Am Junior titles at 800 meters

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Sophomore
Throws

Charleston, SC
Burke HS
SIU Transfer

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Raven Saunders, Ole Miss

The Bowerman Notes: Second career Watch List appearance

  • 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 six times in 2016, including marks of 18.67m (61-3) to win the Kentucky Invitational and 18.56m (60-10¾) at the Conference CLash Power Five Invitational
  • Threw a career-best 20.22m (66-4¼) in the weight throw at Vanderbilt

Past Seasons

  • 2015 NCAA Outdoor Champion in the shot put, winning with a season’s best 18.35m (60-2½) throw on her final attempt
  • 2015 NCAA Indoor Champion in the shot put, winning with a career-best 18.62m (61-1¼) on her penultimate attempt to set a new U.S. Junior Record. The mark also moved her to No. 4 on the all-time college performers list indoors and the top frosh of all time
  • MVC Outdoor Champion in the shot put
  • MVC Indoor Champion in the shot put
  • USATF and Pan Am Junior Champion in the shot put

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Senior
Throws

Mansfield, Texas
Mansfield Legacy HS

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Shelbi Vaughan, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: 2015 Semifinalist… 12th career Watch List appearance, most among active athletes.

  • Her specialty event, the discus, is not a championship event indoors. In the meantime, she notched a career-best weight throw mark of 18.73m (61-5½) at the Texas A&M Quadrangular

Past Seasons

  • 2015 NCAA Outdoor Champion in the discus, winning by two meters with a heave of 61.39m (201-5)
  • SEC Outdoor Champion in the discus, winning with a career-best throw of 64.52m (211-8) to move her to No. 5 on the all-time college performers list in the event.
  • Went undefeated in eight discus finals and recorded the six farthest individual throws of the 2015 collegiate season
  • Finished third at the USATF Championships in the discus to qualify for the IAAF World Championships

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Junior
Combined Events

Marietta, Georgia
Marietta HS

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Kendell Williams, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: 11th career appearance on the Watch List.

  • Scored 4558 points in the pentathlon at the Arkansas Razorback Invitational for the eighth-best score in collegiate history.
  • Currently ranked No. 2 among all collegians in the high jump at 1.87m (6-1½)

Past Seasons

  • Broke her own collegiate record in the pentathlon en route to winning the NCAA Indoor title with a score of 4678 points
  • Ran the fastest-ever 60-meter hurdles by a collegian in a pentathlon competition
  • Scored a career-best 6223 points to finish runner-up to Akela Jones in the NCAA Outdoor Championships heptathlon, good for the 10th-best score in collegiate history
  • Won the NCAA pentathlon and heptathlon titles in 2014, as well as a IAAF World Junior title in the 100-meter hurdles – an event in which she also owns the World Junior record

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