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

NEW ORLEANS – Two new names and another collegiate record were added to the Women’s Pre-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 2021 tally of CRs is now up to eight with five athletes having a share of at least one.

The newest members of the Watch List are Mercy Chelangat of Alabama and Marie-Therese Obst of Georgia. They join eight returning members: Tamara Clark of Alabama, Tara Davis of Texas, Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M, Tonea Marshall of LSU, Athing Mu of Texas A&M, Abby Steiner of Kentucky, Twanisha (TeeTee) Terry of Southern California and Ruth Usoro of Texas Tech.

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

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

Mercy Chelangat JR(i)/SO(o) Alabama Distance Kericho, Kenya
Tamara Clark SR(i)/JR(o) Alabama Sprints High Point, 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.
Marie-Therese Obst SR Georgia Javelin Oslo, Norway
Abby Steiner JR(i)/SO(o) Kentucky Sprints Dublin, Ohio
Twanisha Terry SR(i)/JR(o) Southern California Sprints Miami, Fla.
Ruth Usoro SR(i)/JR(o) Texas Tech Jumps Nigeria
Also Receiving Votes: Sage Hurta, Colorado; Aaliyah Miller, Baylor; Kemba Nelson, Oregon; Camryn Rogers, California; Courtney Wayment, BYU
NEXT: May 19

Chelangat, who hails from Kericho, Kenya, is the fourth woman from Alabama to make The Bowerman Watch List. She has two victories by huge margins outdoors, including the nation’s fastest 5000 time (15:17.79) that makes her No. 9 all-time outdoors as a collegian. She debuted in the 10K at 32:31.43 just 10 days after winning the NCAA cross-country title (a performance that is not considered by the committee, as The Bowerman encompasses only indoor and outdoor track & field).

Clark, who hails from High Point, North Carolina, is the nation’s fastest in the 100 meters (10.96) and outdoor 200 (22.50). Indoors she clocked 22.45, which ties her for No. 7 on the all-time collegiate list. She also runs the second leg of the Crimson Tide’s 4×100 relay, which has clocked 43.47.

Davis, who hails from Agoura Hills, California, has set collegiate records in the long jump indoors and outdoors, becoming the first collegian with both since Carol Lewis in 1984. She recently followed up her outdoor CR of 7.14m (23-5¼) with a second jump of 6.97m (22-10½) that gives three of the top-5 all-time. In the 100-meter hurdles she is No. 2 on the yearly list in all conditions (12.61w) or wind-legal (12.75).

Gittens, who hails from Nashville, Tennessee, owns the CR in pentathlon with 4746 points and ranks No. 7 all-time in the heptathlon at 6274. She also has the year’s best indoor/outdoor high jump of 1.93m (6-4) and is among the nation’s top-10 in the long jump at 6.68m (21-11).

Marshall, who hails from Arlington, Texas, is undefeated in the 100-meter hurdles, posting the nation’s fastest time with a wind-aided 12.53 that puts her No. 9 on the all-time list under any conditions. With an allowable wind she has run 12.75. She also leads off LSU’s 4×100 team that has posted a 42.70.

Mu, who hails from Trenton, New Jersey, obliterated another record last month, the latest the outdoor CR in the 800 at 1:57.73. The next fastest time by a collegian on a combined indoor/outdoor list is her 1:59.10 indoor CR. She also has a CR in the indoor 600 (1:25.80) and anchored the Aggies’ 4×400 team to victory with the world’s fastest-known split indoors at 49.54 in the NCAA Championships.

Obst, who hails from Oslo, Norway, moved to No. 4 on the all-time list in the javelin at 61.37m (201-4). She is undefeated and has another big throw of 61.28m (201-0) that gives her two of the top-6 performances all-time.

Steiner, who hails from Dublin, Ohio, was stunning indoors with an NCAA title that matched the CR of 22.38. She is undefeated outdoors with a best of 22.79 and is the leading member of two Wildcat relay teams – the 4×100 (44.36) and 4×400 (3:29.91).

Terry, who hails from Miami, Florida, is undefeated in 100 meters with a best of 11.09 and also anchors the nation’s fastest 4×100 team in 42.63. Indoors she rates No. 6 all-time at 7.09.

Usoro, who hails from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, is undefeated in the triple jump and ranks No. 2 on the all-time collegiate list at 14.50m (47-7). Her indoor best of 14.36m (47-1 ½) gives her two of the top-5 all-time on the combined indoor/outdoor 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: Sage Hurta of Colorado, Aaliyah Miller of Baylor, Kemba Nelson of Oregon, Camryn Rogers of California and Courtney Wayment of BYU.

The next Women’s Watch List is scheduled to be released on May 19.


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