Women’s The Bowerman Watch List

Women’s Pre-NCAA Indoor Championships Watch List

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Senior
Sprints

Montego Bay, Jamaica
Cambridge HS
Butler County CC

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Remona Burchell, Alabama

The Bowerman Notes: Fourth Watch List appearance…2014 Semifinalist.

This Season: Broke the collegiate record for 60 meters, running 7.08 seconds for the win in the SEC final…Currently undefeated on the season.

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.

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Senior
Hurdles

Clayton, North Carolina
Clayton HS
(Clemson transfer)

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Kendra Harrison, Kentucky

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

This Season: Opened up her season at the SEC Championships with a win and a career best 7.92 seconds in the 60 meter hurdles…Also ran a leg on Kentucky’s runner-up 4×400 meter relay at the SEC meet… That relay time of 3:31.43 ranks fourth in Division I, while her hurdle time is the collegiate leader by a tenth of a second…Is now tied for the sixth fastest hurdles performer in collegiate history.

2014: Finished second in the 400 hurdles (55.55 seconds) and fifth in the 100 hurdles (12.79w) at the NCAA Outdoor Championships…Won both events at the SEC Outdoor Championship… Finished fourth at indoor NCAAs in the 60 meter hurdles and won the event at SEC indoors.

 

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Junior
Sprints

Detroit, Michigan
Cass Technical HS

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Kyra Jefferson, Florida

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

This Season: Won the 200 (23.02) and finished second in the 400 (52.00) at the SEC Indoor Championships… Her 22.81 at the Tyson Invitational is currently the collegiate leader in the 200… Ran a leg on the second-ranked 4×400 and is ranked sixth in the open 400.

2014: Ran on the fourth-place 4×100 meter relay at the NCAA Outdoor Championships… Did double relay duty at the SEC outdoor meet, running a leg on the third-place 4×100 and runner-up 4×400… Finished second in the 200 at the NCAA Indoor Championships after finishing third in the event at the SEC Indoor Championships.

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Senior
Pole Vault

Greenville, S.C.
Greenville HS
(UNC Transfer)

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Sandi Morris, Arkansas

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

This Season: Briefly held the collegiate indoor women’s pole vault record before it was broken by current record holder and rival Watch List member Demi Payne … Earlier this season set the former collegiate record with a third-attempt clearance of 15-1.5 (4.61m) at the Arkansas-Texas dual…Won the SEC Championships with a vault of 15-3.5 (4.66m), the best at sea level in college history.

2014: Finished fourth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a leap of 14-3.25 (4.35m) – a performance she replicated from the NCAA Indoor Championships with an identital finish and height … Won the SEC outdoor title with a clearance of 14-9 (4.50m), giving her a share of the collegiate best for the 2014 outdoor season … Won the pole vault title at the Penn Relays as one of five times she went 4.40m or higher during the 2013-14 season, four times outdoors and once indoors.

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Junior
Sprints

Carrollton, Texas
Newman Smith HS

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Courtney Okolo, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Finalist…Fifth Watch List appearance

This Season: Has the fastest 400 meter time (51.35 seconds) and a leg on the fastest 4×400 meter relay (3:29.36) in the NCAA in 2015…Won the 600 yards at the Big 12 championships in 1:18.24 and finished fourth in the 400 meters half an hour later.

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.

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Freshman
Jumps

Mount Olive, N.J.
Mount Olive HS

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Keturah Orji, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: Second appearance on the Watch List

This season: Collegiate leader in the triple jump with a leap of 45-10.5 (13.98m) at the Rod McCravy Memorial to win a tight duel with title contender Ciarra Brewer of Florida … That also broke the indoor American junior record in the event… Ranks sixth in the NCAA with a long jump of 21-2 (6.45m) from the Doc Hale Elite meet at Virginia Tech… Won the triple jump and finished third in the long jump at the SEC championships.

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Senior
Pole Vault

New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels HS
(Kansas transfer)

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Demi Payne, Stephen F. Austin

The Bowerman Notes: Second appearance on the Watch List … First appearance by an athlete from the Southland Conference for either gender.

This Season: Has broken the indoor pole vault collegiate record three times, and has the two best college marks indoors or out… With a first-attempt clearance of 15-7 (4.75m) [at altitude] at the New Mexico Lobo Collegiate Invitational, she moved up to a share of No. 3 on the all-time U.S. Indoor list, and a share of No. 11 on the IAAF World list … No American has ever jumped higher in the month of January, and only three women in the history of the world have jumped higher in January… initially broke Sandi Morris’ collegiate record the week prior with a first-attempt clearance of 15-2.25 (4.63m) at Texas A&M … Won the USATF indoor championship in Boston.

2013 (At Kansas): Recorded a personal best of 13-11.25 (4.25m) during her junior year through the indoor season before taking a medical redshirt year for pregnancy.

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Junior
Sprints/Jumps

Clovis, Calif.
Clovis HS

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Jenna Prandini, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist … Third appearance on the Watch List

This Season: Ranked fifth among collegians in the long jump at 21-2.5 (6.46m), fifth in the 60 meters at 7.17 (converted to 7.19 for altitude), and second in the 200 meters at 22.87 (converted to 22.94 for altitude) … Won the 60 meters at the MPSF championships

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.

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RS Senior
Distance

Chesterfield, Missouri
Parkway Central HS (Wisconsin transfer)

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Emily Sisson, Providence

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List after two honorable mentions in 2013…First ever Watch List appearance for a Providence athlete.

This Season: Broke the collegiate record for 5000 meters in 15:12.22 at the BIG EAST championship…Ran the fifth fastest 3000 in college history and two of the six fastest 5000s in college history.

2014: Finished eighth in the 5000 at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March…Redshirted outdoors…With no cross country eligibility, spent the fall racing on the roads, running 31:57 for 10k in October and taking second at the .US 12k national championships in November.

2013: Finished sixth in the 5000 at the NCAA outdoor championships in June…led her Providence squad to a national team title in cross country in November with a seventh-place individual finish.

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Sophomore
Combined Events

Marietta, Ga.
Kell HS

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Kendell Williams, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist… Active women’s Watch List appearance leader with eight in her young career.

This Season: Posted the second-best pentathlon score in collegiate history and the best-ever not recorded at altitude with a 4609 at the Rod McCravy Memorial … Won the indoor SEC pentathlon for the first time… Is currently ranked eighth in the NCAA in the high jump (6-0.75/1.85m), third in the long jump (21-5.5/6.54m), sixteenth in the 60 hurdles (8.21 seconds), and first in the pentathlon.

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.

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