Women’s The Bowerman Watch List

Women’s Pre-NCAA Prelims Watch List

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Senior
Sprints

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

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Felicia Brown, Tennessee

The Bowerman Notes: Fifth career Watch List appearance

Outdoor Season:

  • Won the SEC Championship at 200 meters in 22.26 against a 1.3m/s headwind to move to No. 10 on the all-time college performers list.
  • Also ran a windy 22.19 (+2.6m/s) in the prelims at the SEC Championships, along with finishing third at 100 meters in 11.32.
  • Ran 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
  • Tied for No. 2 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: Seventh 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.
  • Moved to No. 2 on the 2016 collegiate long jump list with a leap of 6.75m (22-1¾) to win the Big 12 title
  • 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.
  • Recorded a career-best 14.60m (47-11) shot put at the Ward Haylett Invitational
  • Tied for the world lead in the heptathlon
  • Tied for No. 2 in the world in the high jump
  • Tied for No. 7 in the world in the long 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 … Eighth career Watch List appearance

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
Hurdles

Ypsilanti, Michigan
Huron HS

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Cindy Ofili, Michigan

The Bowerman Notes: Fourth career Watch List appearance

Outdoor Season:

  • Won the Big Ten title in the 100-meter hurdles in 12.91 into a headwind after running 13.00 in the prelims
  • 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 … 14th career appearance on the Watch List

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: 2015 Semifinalist … Ninth career appearance on the Watch List

Outdoor Season:

  • 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: Second career appearance on the Watch List

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
Middle Distance

Houston, Tex.
Kinkaid HS

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Raevyn Rogers, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: Seventh career Watch List appearance

Outdoor Season:

  • Won the Pac-12 Championship at 800 meters in an outdoor-season-best 2:02.41.
  • 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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Sophomore
Throws

Charleston, SC
Burke HS
SIU Transfer

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Raven Saunders, Ole Miss

The Bowerman Notes: Fifth career Watch List appearance

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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Junior
Combined Events

Marietta, Georgia
Kell HS

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Kendell Williams, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist… 15th career Watch List appearance, most among this month’s 10 Watch List members

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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