Women’s The Bowerman Watch List

Women’s Preseason Watch List

Want to learn more about the 2014-15 Women’s Preseason Watch List? Click a student-athlete’s photo to go to her biography section.

Action photos courtesy: Image of Sport, USTFCCCA

Senior
Sprints

Montego Bay, Jamaica
Cambridge HS
Butler County CC

TFRRS Profile

School Bio

Remona Burchell, Alabama

The Bowerman Notes: Second watch list appearance…2014 Semifinalist … First woman from Alabama to have been named a Semifinalist since Semifinalists were first named in 2010.

2014: 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.

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.

Back to top

Senior
Sprints

Germantown, Md.
Northwest HS

TFRRS Profile

School Bio

Olivia Ekpone, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: Third appearance on the watch list…one of three Texas A&M women on the preseason watch list.

2014: Anchored the winning 4×100 relay and runner-up 4×400 at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships…Finished fifth in the 100 meters and third in the 200 meters at NCAAs…Pulled off the sprint quadruple at the SEC Championship, winning the 100, 200, 4×100, and 4×400 in Lexington…Her 22.23 time in the 200 at the SEC meet makes her the third fastest in-season performer in college history, and the fastest ever into a headwind…Times in the 200 and 4×400 are also Texas A&M school records.

Finished third in the 4×400 relay and did not make the final in the 60 and 200 at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in Albuquerque…Took third in the 60 and fourth in the 200 at the SEC Championships.

Back to top

Senior
Middle-Distance

Clarendon, Jamaica
Manchester HS
(LSU transfer)

TFRRS Profile (CU)
TFRRS Profile (LSU)

School Bio

Natoya Goule, Clemson

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List…Second athlete from Clemson to appear on the watch list after 2013 winner Brianna Rollins.

2014 (unattached): Did not compete as a collegian in 2013-14…Competed unattached while equired to sit out a year under NCAA rules after transferring from LSU… Qualified for the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, running an indoor personal best 2:01.89 in the heats … Semifinalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games at 800 meters … Won the New York adidas Grand Prix 800 meters in a season’s-best 2:00.28 … Won the Jamaican title at 800 meters in 2:01.34

2013: Won the 2013 indoor and outdoor NCAA 800 meter championships over Oregon’s Laura Roesler, who went on the next season to win the 2014 The Bowerman Trophy …is the fourth-fastest in-season performer in the event in collegiate history, with a faster in-season best than 2014 Bowerman winner Laura Roesler.

Back to top

Sophomore
Hurdles/Sprints

Chicago, Ill.
Lindbolm HS

TFRRS Profile

School Bio

Shamier Little, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List…One of three athletes from Texas A&M on the preseason watch list.

2014: Set her personal best of 55.07 seconds in winning the NCAA championship on the same track six weeks prior…Ran a leg on the runner-up 4×400 meter relay at NCAAs…Finished third at the SEC Championship in the 400 hurdles behind Kentucky’s Kendra Harrison and teammate Janeil Bellille…Won the SEC Championship in the flat 400 meters in 51.06, making her the fourth fastest 400 performer in the NCAA in 2014…Times in the 400 hurdles and 4×400 are Texas A&M school records.

Finished third in the 400 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championship and the SEC Championship… Ran a leg on the NCAA third-place 4×400 meter relay…Time of 51.86 seconds in the 400 makes her the third fastest performer in Texas A&M history, behind Kamaria Brown and The Bowerman winner Jessica Beard.

Postseason: Ran seven of the ten fastest junior times in the world in 2014…Won the IAAF World Junior Championship in the 400 meter hurdles in Eugene

Back to top

Junior
Sprints

Carrollton, Texas
Newman Smith HS

TFRRS Profile

School Bio

Courtney Okolo, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Finalist…Third watch list appearance … First woman from Texas to be named a Finalist since that distinction was first made in 2010.

2014: Won the 400 meters crown at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 50.23 by a third of a second over 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 collegiate-record, then-world-leading 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.

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.

Back to top

Junior
Pole Vault

Round Rock, Texas
McNeil HS
South Dakota

TFRRS Profile

School Bio

Kaitlin Petrillose, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: Fifth appearance on the watch list…One of two Texas women on the preseason watch list, along with 2014 Finalist Courtney Okolo.

2014: Only lost once all season before no-heighting at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships…Won the Big 12 Outdoor Championship for the second straight year…Broke the Texas school record and set an outdoor season best of 14-9 (4.50m) at the Texas Relays in March.

Broke the collegiate record with a 15-1 (4.60m) vault over the bar at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in Albuquerque…That mark is one centimeter lower than the outdoor college record set by Tina Sutej in 2011…Won the Big 12 Championship, clearing 14-5¼ (4.40m) in Ames, Iowa.

Postseason: Finished fourth at the USA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento with a clearance of 14-7¼ (4.45m)

Back to top

Junior
Sprints/Jumps

Clovis, Calif.
Clovis HS

TFRRS Profile

School Bio

Jenna Prandini, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist … First appearance on the watch list…Oregon has the most women’s watch list appearances of any school, with 61.

2014: 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.

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.

Back to top

Junior
Throws

Hamilton, New Zealand
Waikata Diocesan HS

TFRRS Profile

School Bio

Julia Ratcliffe, Princeton

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist, the second woman from the Ivy League to be named a Semifinalist, joining Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth… First ever appearance by a Princeton woman on the watch list… also the first ever athlete from New Zealand to make the watch list.

2014: 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).

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.

Postseason: Won a silver medal in the hammer at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, representing New Zealand.

Back to top

Junior
Throws

Mansfield, Texas
Mansfield Legacy HS

TFRRS Profile

School Bio

Shelbi Vaughan, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 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…One of three women from Texas A&M on the preseason watch list.

2014: 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 Big 12-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.

Postseason: Finished third in the discus at the USA Championships in Sacramento.

Back to top

Sophomore
Combined Events

Marietta, Ga.
Kell HS

TFRRS Profile

School Bio

Kendell Williams, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist… Just the second true first-year collegiate woman to be named a Semifinalist, joining Illinois’ Ashley Spencer from 2012…Leads all athletes on the current watch list with six appearances.

2014: 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.

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.

Postseason: Elected to focus on the 100 meter hurdles in the summer, setting a meet record in the 100-meter hurdles (12.89) to win the IAAF World Junior Championships in Oregon… Won the USATF Junior Championships after setting an American Junior and a school record in the 100-meter hurdles (12.87) with the second-fastest time in World Junior history.

Back to top