The Bowerman: 2020 Women’s Pre-NCAA Indoor Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – Two new names are on the Women’s Pre-NCAA Indoor Watch List for The Bowerman.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the latest Women’s Watch List on Wednesday. Fourteen women received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee, with the top-10 comprising the Watch List.

For Nia Akins of Penn, this is not only her Watch List debut but also the first by a female athlete for her school. The other new name is Alicia Monson of Wisconsin, who returns after making the Preseason Watch List, as well as four last year.

The other eight athletes repeating on the Watch List are Julien Alfred of Texas, Olivia Gruver of Washington, Katie Izzo of Arkansas, Dani Jones of Colorado, Weini Kelati of New Mexico, Tonea Marshall of LSU, Whittni Orton of BYU and Twanisha Terry of Southern California.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2020 Women’s Pre-NCAA Indoor Update

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Nia Akins SR Penn Mid-Distance San Diego, Calif.
Julien Alfred SO Texas Sprints Castries, St. Lucia
Olivia Gruver SR Washington Pole Vault Reisterstown, Md.
Katie Izzo RS JR Arkansas Distance Seal Beach, Calif.
Dani Jones SR Colorado Mid-Distance/Distance Phoenix, Ariz.
Weini Kelati JR New Mexico Distance Leesburg, Va.
Tonea Marshall SR LSU Hurdles Arlington, Texas
Alicia Monson SR Wisconsin Mid-Distance Amery, Wis.
Whittni Orton SR BYU Mid-Distance/Distance Panguitch, Utah
Twanisha Terry JR Southern California Sprints Miami, Fla.
Also Receiving Votes: Anavia Battle (Ohio State), Tamara Clark (Alabama), Jasmine Moore (Georgia), Grace Stark (Florida)
NEXT: March 18

Akins, a senior from San Diego, California, is the fastest 800-meter runner this year by more than two seconds, and her 2:00.71 nearly broke the collegiate record of 2:00.69. Earlier in February she clocked 1:27.96 in the 600, just outside the all-time top-10. At the Ivy League Championships, she stepped up in distance and won the 1000 and mile before anchoring the distance medley team to fifth place. 

Alfred, a sophomore from Castries, St. Lucia, owns the nation’s two fastest times in the 60 Meters, topped by a 7.10 that makes her No. 7 all-time. She also ranks No. 7 on this year’s 200 list at 23.02. Alfred completed a 60/200 double at the Big 12 Championships and also ran a leg on the victorious 4 x 400 team. 

Gruver, a senior from Reisterstown, Maryland, has scaled the four highest pole vault clearances this year, topped by a 4.70m (15-5) at the USATF Indoor Championships that is second only to the CR of 4.75m (15-7). It was her second 15-footer of the evening and third of the season as her 4.66m (15-3½) from January that is equal to the fifth-highest indoor mark all-time. Gruver is the active female leader for Watch List appearances, as this marks her 11th.

Izzo, a junior from Seal Beach, California, is the second-fastest indoors in the 5000 with her 15:13.09 from December. In mid-February she PRed twice in one weekend with an 8:55.67 3000 followed by a mile in 4:35.03. At the SEC meet, she broke a 30-year-old meet record in the 5000 then came back to take the 3000, winning each by more than six seconds.

Jones, a senior from Phoenix, Arizona, added two more PRs to go with her 800 best of 2:04.38. She was the top collegian in the Women’s Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games in 4:27.88 to become No. 6 all-time and a week later ran her fastest 5000 at 15:17.11 to move to No. 9 all-time. Jones is the only woman in collegiate history with top-10 marks in both the mile and 5000.

Kelati, a junior from Leesburg, Virginia, is No. 4 on the all-time indoor 5000 list with a 15:14.71 in December. She is No. 3 on this year’s 3000 list at 8:54.66 and at the Mountain West Conference meet anchored the distance medley team to a 30-second victory.

Marshall, a senior from Arlington, Texas, is No. 3 on the all-time list in the 60 hurdles at 7.86. She has the year’s three fastest, all sub-7.90 performances – the only other hurdler with such a collection is Brianna Rollins, who won The Bowerman in 2013. 

Monson, a senior from Amery, Wisconsin, was the leading collegian in the 3000 Meters at the Millrose Games in 8:53.69, the fastest time this year on a non-oversized track. She won the 5000 at the Big Ten Championships and anchored the distance medley team to third place.

Orton, a senior from Panguitch, Utah, is the year’s fastest 3000 runner at 8:49.63, winning a Husky Classic loaded with top collegians. Her best in the mile (4:29.76) and 5000 (15:22.98) are just outside the all-time top-10.

Terry, a junior from Miami, is tied for No. 2 on the year’s 60 list at 7.15. She hasn’t lost since that race, her first of the year. She won the MPSF title in that event and has also clocked 23.19 in the 200.

Other athletes receiving votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee are Anavia Battle of Ohio State, Tamara Clark of Alabama, Jasmine Moore of Georgia and Grace Stark of Florida.

The next Watch List will be released on March 18.


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