The Bowerman: 2021 Women’s Post-Conference Championships Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – Two athletes made their new debut on the Women’s Post-Outdoor Conference Championships 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 after a careful deliberation by The Bowerman Watch List Committee. Fifteen athletes received votes, with the Top-10 comprising the Watch List.

The newest members of the Watch List are Anna Cockrell of Southern California and Camryn Rogers of California. They join eight returning members: Mercy Chelangat of Alabama, Tamara Clark of Alabama, Tara Davis of Texas, Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M, Tonea Marshall of LSU, Athing Mu of Texas A&M, Twanisha (TeeTee) Terry of Southern California and Ruth Usoro of Texas Tech.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2021 Women’s Post-Conference Championships Update

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Mercy Chelangat JR(i)/SO(o) Alabama Distance Kericho, Kenya
Tamara Clark SR(i)/JR(o) Alabama Sprints High Point, N.C.
Anna Cockrell SR(o) Southern California Sprints/Hurdles Charlotte, N.C.
Tara Davis JR Texas Jumps/Hurdles Agoura Hills, Calif.
Tyra Gittens RS JR Texas A&M Combined Events Nashville, Tenn.
Tonea Marshall SR(o) LSU Hurdles Arlington, Texas
Athing Mu FR Texas A&M Sprints/Mid-Distance Trenton, N.J.
Camryn Rogers SR California Throws Richmond, B.C.
Twanisha Terry SR(i)/JR(o) Southern California Sprints Miami, Fla.
Ruth Usoro SR(i)/JR(o) Texas Tech Jumps Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
Also Receiving Votes: Adelaide Aquilla (Ohio State), Sage Hurta (Colorado), Jasmine Moore (Georgia), Marie-Therese Obst (Georgia), Courtney Wayment (BYU)
NEXT: June 7

Chelangat, who hails from Kericho, Kenya, was a double winner at the SEC Championships. She started with a PR 32:13.13 as she regained the national lead in the 10,000 meters, then followed with a victory in the 5000 meters, an event in which she ranks third on the yearly list at 15:17.79. She is undefeated outdoors in races longer than 1500 meters.

Clark, who hails from High Point, North Carolina, was also a double winner for the Crimson Tide at the SEC Championships, sweeping the 100 and 200 meters. She capped off her meet with the fastest 200 ever recorded by a collegian – a wind-aided 21.89. In the shorter distance she ran a wind-aided 10.87 to make her No. 5 on the all-time collegiate list regardless of conditions. With legal wind readings she is the nation’s fastest in the 100 at 10.96 (tied for No. 7 all-time collegian) and second-fastest in the 200 at 22.50. She has posted a total of nine sub-23 races in the 200 thus far this year and was NCAA Indoor runner-up at 22.45.

Cockrell, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, made her debut on the Watch List after a victorious weekend at the Pacific-12 Championships. She extended an undefeated outdoor season in the hurdles, registering the nation’s fastest time in the 400-meter hurdles at 54.77. Earlier she won the 100-meter hurdles in 12.79 that ties her fifth on the yearly list.

Davis, who hails from Agoura Hills, California, added another PR in claiming two events at the Big 12 Championships. She sped 12.61 in the 100-meter hurdles, just missing the all-time collegiate top-10 list. In the long jump she added yet another mark to her domination of the all-time list, leaping 6.97m (22-10½) for a third time. Combined with her outdoor collegiate record of 7.14m (23-5¼), she now owns four of the six best jumps in collegiate history. If one includes her indoor CR of 6.93 (22-9), she has five of the top 11 on a combined indoor/outdoor list.

Gittens, who hails from Nashville, Tennessee, added her name three more times to the all-time collegiate list at the SEC Championships. As part of her winning score of 6418 in the heptathlon – moving her to No. 3 in that event – she cleared 1.95m (6-4 ¾) in the high jump on Day 1, then opened Day 2 with a 6.96m (22-10) leap in the long jump. Both jumps are the best ever recorded by a collegian in a heptathlon. The long jump mark makes her No. 4 all-time and the high jump No. 6 all-time outdoors. Indoors she set a CR of 4746 in the pentathlon.

Marshall, who hails from Arlington, Texas, continued her undefeated season in the 100-meter hurdles, winning the SEC Championships after lowering her PR to 12.52 in the prelims to move into a tie for No.6 on the all-time collegiate list. She also started off LSU’s winning 4×100 team that lowered its nation-leading time to 42.52.

Mu, who hails from Trenton, New Jersey, joined another exclusive club in winning the 400 meters at the SEC Championships. After just missing the 50-second barrier in the prelims with a PR 50.04, she smashed through with a 49.84 that makes her the No. 3 all-time collegian. Only three other collegians have ever run sub-50 but none of them are part of the sub-2 club in the 800 meters, where Mu owns the CR outdoors (1:57.53) and indoors (1:58.40). She also anchored Texas A&M’s winning 4×400 team in 49.87, her third sub-50 relay split of the year.

Rogers, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, is the first female or male athlete from California to make The Bowerman Watch List. She is undefeated in the hammer throw and has a best mark of 73.09m (239-9) that puts No. 3 on the all-time collegiate list. She won the Pac-12 meet with the second- and third-longest throws of the year at 72.22m (236-11) and 72.15m (236-8) as she owns all 12 of the year’s efforts over 70 meters (229-8).

Terry, who hails from Miami, Florida, swept the sprints at the Pac-12 Championships. After anchoring Southern California’s winning 4×100 team in 42.99, she continued her undefeated season in the 100 meters at 11.10 after earlier flashing a wind-aided 11.02 that ties her for No. 2 nationally. She finished up with a PR 22.72 in the 200.

Usoro, who hails from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, won her seventh triple jump in seven meets this year, taking the Big 12 crown with her second-longest outdoor effort of the year at 14.06m (46-1½). Her best jump of 14.50m (47-7) rates her No. 2 on the all-time collegiate list. Indoors she jumped 14.36m (47-1½), which is No. 2 on the indoor all-time list. She also has long jump bests of 6.82m (22-4½) indoors and 6.76m (22-2¼) outdoors.

Five athletes received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee, but fell outside the Top 10: Adelaide Aquilla of Ohio State, Sage Hurta of Colorado, Jasmine Moore of Georgia, Marie-Therese Obst of Georgia and Courtney Wayment of BYU.

The next Women’s Watch List is scheduled to be released on June 7.


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