The Bowerman: 2021 Women’s Mid-Indoor Watch List

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The Bowerman Women’s Mid-Indoor Watch List was released on Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

While seventeen different women received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee, only 10 can make the prestigious chart: Julien Alfred of Texas, Angie Annelus of USC, Chanel Brissett of Texas, Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M, Anna Hall of Georgia, Tonea Marshall of LSU, Athing Mu of Texas A&M, Monae’ Nichols of Texas Tech, Twanisha Terry of USC and Ruth Usoro of Texas Tech.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2021 Women’s Mid-Indoor Update

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Julien Alfred JR(i)/SO(o) Texas Sprints Castries, St. Lucia
Angie Annelus RS SR(o) Southern California Sprints Grandview, Mo.
Chanel Brissett SR(i)/JR(o) Texas Sprints/Hurdles Philadelphia, Pa.
Tyra Gittens RS JR Texas A&M Combined Events Nashville, Tenn.
Anna Hall SO(i)/FR(o) Georgia Combined Events Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Tonea Marshall SR(o) LSU Hurdles Arlington, Texas
Athing Mu FR Texas A&M Sprints/Mid-Distance Trenton, N.J.
Monae’ Nichols JR Texas Tech Jumps/Sprints Lakeland, Fla.
Twanisha Terry SR(i)/JR(o) Southern California Sprints Miami, Fla.
Ruth Usoro JR(i)/SO(o) Texas Tech Jumps Nigeria
Also Receiving Votes: Anna Cockrell (Southern California), Lauren Gregory (Arkansas), Lisa Gunnarsson (LSU), Katie Izzo (Arkansas), Kaelin Roberts (Southern California), Josie Schaefer (Wisconsin), Abby Steiner (Kentucky)
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Alfred, who hails from Castries, St. Lucia, is off to a speedy start to the year. After two competitions, Alfred has run two of the top three times in the 60 – her season best of 7.15 has her ranked No. 2. Her PR of 7.10 set last indoor season ranks her as the No. 7 performer all-time.

Annelus, who hails from Grandview, Missouri, doesn’t have indoor eligibility and will look towards the outdoor season where she can enter rare territory. She will attempt to become just the second woman to win three NCAA titles over 200 meters, previously winning in 2018 and 2019. Former The Bowerman winner Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU was the first to achieve the feat (2011-2013).

Brissett, who hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, made her ninth overall Watch List appearance. She opened up her season at the Wooo Pig Classic and wasted little time getting established as one of the top returning hurdlers, clocking the No. 2 time in the 60H at 8.07. Brissett won the 60H at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships in a PR time of 7.90.

Gittens, who hails from Nashville, Tennessee, moved herself into the upper echelon of collegiate history. She became the No. 3 performer all-time in collegiate history in the pentathlon with 4612 points from a stellar performance at the Texas Tech Invitational. Gittens also turned in a national leading clearance of 1.91m (6-3 ¼) in the high jump during the pentathlon, which puts her as the No. 21 best performer in collegiate indoor history.

Hall, who hails from Highlands Ranch, Colorado, is also making collegiate history in the pentathlon. She scored 4590 points at the Razorback Invitational to become the No. 4 performer all-time in the combined events. Hall is the eighth female athlete from Georgia to appear on the Watch List.

Marshall, who hails from Arlington, Texas, does not have indoor eligibility and will look to leave her mark in the 100H, where she finished third at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Although she is competing unattached indoors, Marshall set a world lead and matched her PR of 7.86 in the 60H at the American Track League – a time she also ran last year to become the No. 3 performer in collegiate history in a Tiger uniform.

Mu, who hails from Trenton, New Jersey, has been nothing short of impressive in her first year of collegiate competition in the mid-distance events. She has made quick work of the record book as she broke the collegiate record in the 600 (1:25.80), became the No. 4 performer in collegiate history in the 400 (50.52) and No. 5 performer in her signature event, the 800 (2:01.07). 

Nichols, who hails from Lakeland, Florida, has made a statement in her first few competitions in a Red Raider uniform. The Bethune-Cookman transfer became the No. 11 performer all-time in collegiate history after she soared 6.75m (22-1 ¾) in the long jump at the Red Raider Invitational. 

Terry, who hails from Miami, Florida, bolted to the top of the Descending Order List in her first competition of the season. She matched her personal best of 7.14 in the 60 at the Wooo Pig Classic. Terry won the 60 at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships with that same time.

Usoro, who hails from Nigeria, has starred in the jumps for the Red Raiders. She is the No. 2 performer all-time following her national leading mark of 14.28m (46-10 ¼) in the triple jump. In fact, she has the best three marks by a collegian this season. Usoro is also ranked No. 5 in the long jump this season at 6.51m (21-4 ¼).

Here are the seven women who received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee, but not enough to make it onto the Mid-Indoor Watch List: Anna Cockrell of Southern California, Lauren Gregory of Arkansas, Lisa Gunnarsson of LSU, Katie Izzo of Arkansas, Kaelin Roberts of Southern California, Josie Schaefer of Wisconsin and Abby Steiner of Kentucky.


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