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

NEW ORLEANS – Only one change was made to the Women’s Pre-NCAA Outdoor 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 Monday following a careful deliberation by The Bowerman Watch List Committee. Fourteen athletes received votes, with the Top-10 comprising the Watch List.

Competition at the final site of the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begins Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon, with the women taking center stage on Thursday and Saturday. This is the final opportunity for most athletes to compete as collegians this season.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2021 Women’s Pre-NCAA Outdoor 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 Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
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 Nigeria
Jorinde van Klinken JR Arizona State Throws Assen, The Netherlands
Also Receiving Votes: Adelaide Aquilla (Ohio State) Anna Cockrell (Southern California)), Jasmine Moore (Georgia), Kemba Nelson (Oregon)
NEXT: June 16

The newest member of the Watch List is Jorinde van Klinken of Arizona State. She joins nine 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, Camryn Rogers of California, Twanisha (TeeTee) Terry of Southern California and Ruth Usoro of Texas Tech.

Chelangat, who hails from Kericho, Kenya, added two more wins to her undefeated outdoor distance season. She posted the fastest times in both the 5000 and 10,000 meters in the NCAA DI East Preliminary Round. Her time in the 10K at the East meet, in fact, improved her collegiate lead in the event at 33:06.83. In the 5K, she rates No. 3 on the yearly list at 15:17.79.

Clark, who hails from High Point, North Carolina, zoomed all the way up to No. 4 on the all-time collegiate list in the 200 meters with a wind-legal 22.13 clocking at the NCAA DI East Preliminary Round. Earlier in the year, Clark posted the fastest 200 ever recorded by a collegian – a wind-aided 21.89. In the 100, added a second wind-legal sub-11 time in the 100 at 10.98. With a seasonal best of 10.96 she’s tied for No. 9 all-time in that event and can add a wind-aided 10.87 that rates her No. 5 all-time under any conditions.

Davis, who hails from Agoura Hills, California, used just two efforts to advance in the long jump at the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round, capped by her leap of 6.86m (22-6¼). That’s a mark that only six other collegians have ever surpassed outdoors – including 5 times by Davis herself as she set the collegiate record of 7.14m (23-5¼) earlier in the year. Her long jump feats also include the indoor CR of 6.93m (22-9). She’s just outside the all-time collegiate top-10 in the 100-meter hurdles at 12.61.

Gittens, who hails from Nashville, Tennessee, concentrated on individual events at the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round. She was one of many who cleared the top height of 1.82m (5-11½) from either region in the high jump, but was alone as farthest in the long jump with a wind-aided 6.95m (22-9¾). Gittens will be in both at the NCAA final site, along with the heptathlon, where she leads the nation with a score of 6418 points. She ranks highly among all-time collegians outdoors in those three events: heptathlon (No. 3), long jump (No. 4 at 6.96m/22-10) and high jump (No. 6 at 1.95m/6-4¾). Indoors she set a CR of 4746 in the pentathlon.

Marshall, who hails from Arlington, Texas, posted the nation’s two fastest times in the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA DI East Preliminary Round. A first-round, wind-aided mark of 12.49 made her No. 6 all-time under any conditions, but a legal wind in the quarterfinals allowed her to sizzle a smooth 12.44. That’s No. 4 all-time and just 0.05 off the CR. She also has a 12.52 clocking this year (tied for No. 8 performance all-time) and leads off the nation’s fastest 4×100 team (42.52 by LSU).

Mu, who hails from Trenton, New Jersey, added a second outdoor CR with her latest sensational race – a 49.68 in the 400-meter quarterfinals of the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round. That made her the first woman known to hold CRs in both the 400 and 800, as her lone attempt in the outdoor two-lapper resulted in a scintillating 1:57.73. Indoors, she had her hand in three CRs – the 600 (1:25.80), 800 (1:58.40) and as part of Texas A&M’s 4×400 team (3:26.27). She has three sub-50 relay legs, topped by a 49.54 that is the fastest recorded indoors in the world.

Rogers, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, continued to dominate the hammer list by adding two more efforts over 70 meters (229-8) at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. She ranks No. 3 all-time among collegians with a best of 73.09m (239-9). There are 15 70-meter throws thus far this year by collegians, and Rogers owns the top-14.

Terry, who hails from Miami, Florida, continued her undefeated season in the 100 meters, smoking a wind-legal 10.89 in the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round to move up to No. 4 on the all-time collegiate list. She has a best in the 200 of 22.54 and anchors USC’s 4×100 team, which is No. 2 in the nation at 42.63.

Usoro, who hails from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, leads the triple jump list at 14.50m (47-7) that also puts 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.

van Klinken, who hails from Assen, The Netherlands, is undefeated in the discus and in May entered unchartered territory. After surpassing 200 feet (60.96m) for the first time at the Pac-12 Outdoor Championships – having five such efforts that day – she led all throwers from either region at the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round at 64.44m (211-5) to move to No. 7 on the all-time collegiate list. Those two meets sandwiched an exhibition in which she competed unattached and whirled the platter an amazing 70.22m (230-4) that rates as the longest ever recorded by a collegian.

Four athletes received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee but fell outside the Top 10: Adelaide Aquilla of Ohio State, Anna Cockrell of Southern California, Jasmine Moore of Georgia and Kemba Nelson of Oregon.

Semifinalists for The Bowerman will be announced on June 16.


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