The Bowerman: 2019 Women’s Pre-NCAA Outdoor Championships Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – With the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships just a day away, what better way to preview some of what to watch on the women’s side of things than with The Bowerman Pre-NCAA Outdoor Championships Watch List, released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Tuesday.

Nine of the 10 women from the Post-Conference Championships Watch List return after competition at both the NCAA DI East and West Preliminary Rounds. Each listed athlete is considered one of the favorites to bring home The Bowerman, collegiate track & field’s highest honor, with what happens this weekend being a big part of the equation.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2019 Women’s Pre-NCAA Outdoor Championships Update

(Click student-athletes’ names for their TFRRS page)

NAME
YEAR
SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Chanel Brissett SO Southern California Sprints/Hurdles Philadelphia, Pa.
Janeek Brown SO Arkansas Sprints/Hurdles Kingston, Jamaica
Teahna Daniels SR Texas Sprints Orlando, Fla.
Yanis David SR Florida Jumps Lamentin, Guadeloupe
Olivia Gruver SR Washington Pole Vault Reisterstown, Md.
Jessica Hull SR Oregon Distance Albion Park, Australia
Shadae Lawrence SR Colorado State Throws
St. Catherine, Jamaica
Sha’Carri Richardson FR LSU Sprints
Dallas, Texas
Kayla White SR North Carolina A&T Sprints Miami, Fla.
Ashtin Zamzow SR Texas Combined Events Goliad, Texas
Also Receiving Votes: Dani Jones (Colorado), Mackenzie Litte (Stanford), Allie Ostrander (Boise State), Danae Rivers (Penn State)
NEXT: June 12

The exciting thing for track & field fans is that there are multiple head-to-head match-ups at NCAAs that will feature quite a few Watch List athletes – especially in the 100 and 200 – along with possible records that could fall across other events.

Three women on the Watch List will double in the 100 and 200: Teahna Daniels of TexasSha’Carri Richardson of LSU and Kayla White of North Carolina A&T.

Daniels is the only new member of the Watch List after she tied for the best time at either prelim with a 10.99 in the 100. She is also the third seed in the 200 with a school-record 22.51. She won event titles at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in the 100, 200 and 4×100. Daniels is also the only athlete on the list from Orlando, Florida, the site of the 2019 USTFCCCA Convention, where The Bowerman will be handed out in mid-December. 

Richardson, like Daniels, clocked a 10.99 in the prelim round. She is tied for the second fastest seed time in that event as is seventh in the 200 at 22.57. Richardson, the only freshman on the Watch List, won the 100, 200 and helped the Tigers win the 4×100 at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

White enters NCAAs with the top time in the nation in the 100 (10.96) and is fourth overall in the 200 (22.52). She won event titles at the MEAC Outdoor Championships in both events and added an additional title by running a leg of the program’s title-winning 4×100 squad.

All three of those aforementioned athletes are projected to run a leg of their squad’s 4×100 relay.

Janeek Brown of Arkansas will join Daniels, Richardson and White in the semifinals of the 200. The Razorback has the second fastest time nationally in the event after her 22.47 at the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round. The standout sophomore also leads the nation in the 100H with a top-time of 12.55 that she ran to win the event title at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

Chanel Brissett of Southern California will go head-to-head with Brown in the 100H as the third seed overall (12.69 at West Prelims). Brissett was crowned champion at the Pac-12 meet in the event and also helped the Women of Troy earn the conference title in the 4×100.

Both Brown and Brissett are projected to join Daniels, Richardson and White in the relay pool of the loaded 4×100 relay.

Olivia Gruver of Washington comes into nationals as the collegiate outdoor record holder in the pole vault after she jumped for a best mark of 4.73m (15-6¼) to win the Stanford Invitational back in late March. She has also posted the No. 5 and 13 best performances in collegiate history so far this outdoor season.

Shadae Lawrence of Colorado State is looking to climb up the all-time leaderboard herself as she will compete in the discus at NCAAs. The senior won the event title at the Mountain West Championships and will enter NCAAs ranked as the third-best performer with the sixth-best mark of all-time in collegiate history with a best toss of 65.05m (213-5). That heave leads the nation by almost eight feet.

Yanis David of Florida and Jessica Hull of Oregon have also posted performances this season that rank them among the best in collegiate history.

David is looking to double up in both the triple and long jumps at NCAAs. The senior leads the nation and is ranked third in collegiate history in the triple jump after she went for 14.35m (47-1) to win the SEC title. She also took the SEC crown in the long jump with a season-best 14.05m (46-1¼) that ranks second in the country this season.

Hull is looking to defend her outdoor title in the 1500 and is ranked eighth all-time in the event with her championship run last season (4:08.75). She comes into this meet as the No. 2 seed after running a 4:09.90 at NCAA DI West Preliminary Round, a mark that stood as the collegiate leader for all of one heat.

Ashtin Zamzow of Texas comes into NCAAs as the national leader in the heptathlon after she posted 6,148 points to win the event title at the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, becoming the first Longhorn in program history to do so at the prestigious meet. She earned the Big 12 crown in the same event and also added a javelin title, to boot.

Four athletes were “Also Receiving Votes” in this edition of the Watch List: Dani Jones of Colorado, Mackenzie Little of Stanford, Allie Ostrander of Boise State and Danae Rivers of Penn State.

The next edition of the The Bowerman Watch List will come out on June 12. The 10 honorees athletes who make that list will be considered semifinalists for the award. 

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