The Bowerman: 2021 Women’s Semifinalists

NEW ORLEANS – With an incredible collegiate track & field season completed, Women’s Semifinalists for The Bowerman were announced Wednesday.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the 10 semifinalists, as selected by The Bowerman Watch List Committee.

The semifinalists are Tamara Clark of Alabama, Anna Cockrell of Southern California, Tara Davis of Texas, Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M, Tonea Marshall of LSU, Athing Mu of Texas A&M, Camryn Rogers of California, Cambrea Sturgis of North Carolina A&T, Ruth Usoro of Texas Tech and Jorinde van Klinken of Arizona State.

Texas A&M, with two semifinalists, becomes the first women’s program with as many for a record fourth time, joining Aggie groups in 2011, 2015 and 2016.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2021 Women’s Semifinalists

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Tamara Clark SR(i)/JR(o) Alabama Sprints High Point, N.C.
Anna Cockrell SR(o) Southern California Hurdles Charlotte, 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.
Cambrea Sturgis SO North Carolina A&T Sprints Kannapolis, N.C.
Ruth Usoro SR(i)/JR(o) Texas Tech Jumps Akwa Ibom, Nigeria
Jorinde van Klinken JR Arizona State Throws Assen, The Netherlands
NEXT: Finalists (TBD)

Clark, who hails from High Point, North Carolina, was always fast in 2021 – and often very fast. Six times during the year, she produced times rating among the all-time top-10 collegians. She was most prolific in the 200, becoming the first woman to run sub-22.20 twice at 22.13 and 22.17. Clark actually broke that barrier three times, but her fastest of 21.89 was wind-aided rates on the top of a different list as the fastest ever recorded by a collegian under any circumstances. In the 100, her 10.96 PR makes her No. 9 all-time and a wind-aided 10.87 puts her at No. 7 in all conditions. She was runner-up at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor in the 200.

Cockrell, who hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, only had outdoor eligibility in 2021, but made the most of it in two different hurdle events. Her season culminated with a rare double, winning the NCAA 100/400 hurdles double for just the second time in history (The only other such double came from Queen Harrison, who won The Bowerman in 2010). Cockrell set PRs in both races – 12.54 in the 100 hurdle semis that makes her No. 8 collegian all-time and a 54.68 in the 400 hurdles. She was undefeated in both events.

Davis, who hails from Agoura Hills, California, had sweeps of records and titles indoors and outdoors – a combination last seen in the same year by Carol Lewis in 1983. Davis accomplished her first pair at the NCAA Indoor meet, when her leap of 6.93m (22-9) not only won but set a collegiate record. Just two weeks later Davis won the Texas Relays with a jump of 7.14m (23-5¼) to break the 35-year-old CR held by legendary Jackie Joyner. Her undefeated outdoor season got even better as she added three jumps that rated =No. 4 on the all-time list. Even a late-season leg issue couldn’t hold Davis back, as she came from behind to win the NCAA Outdoor title in Round 5. She also just missed making the all-time collegiate top-10 of the 100 hurdles with a best of 12.61.

Gittens, who hails from Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, scored high in three individual events at both the NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor, ranking among the best ever in all three, as well. Her tally of places from the NCAA Championships was three firsts, one second and two thirds. Her tally of individual points made her high-point scorer in both meets (26 Indoor, 24 Outdoor). The combined events wizard’s best tally of points in the pentathlon (4746) is a collegiate record and in the heptathlon (6418) is No. 3 all-time. In the long jump, she rates No. 4 all-time at 6.96m (22-10) and she was the seasonal leader in the high jump at 1.95m (6-4¾), tied for No. 6 all-time.

Marshall, who hails from Arlington, Texas, owned the nation’s three fastest times in the 100 hurdles, all among the all-time collegiate top-10 performances. Her fastest of 12.44 was No. 4 all-time (performer and performance) and just 0.05 off the CR. She also clocked 12.48 and 12.52, which rate No. 6 and =No. 9 on the all-time performance list. She dipped under 12.50 a third time with a wind-aided 12.49, making her the first collegian with three sub-12.50 times under all conditions. Unfortunately, she did not start the final of the NCAA Outdoor out of an abundance of caution, having felt a twinge earlier in the 4×100 relay. Marshall only had outdoor eligibility this year.

Mu, who hails from Trenton, New Jersey, amassed four collegiate records in individual events and added blazing anchor legs to finish off a pair of CR relays. Indoors, she obliterated the CR in the 600 meters (1:25.80) and 800 (1:58.40). She was second in the NCAA Indoor 400 and anchored the Aggies’ 4×400 to victory with a 49.54 split, the fastest ever recorded in the world. Earlier indoors, she anchored Texas A&M to a CR in the 4×400 at 3:26.37. She set three CRs outdoors, first with an amazing 1:57.73 in the 800. Two of her three sub-50 times in the 400 resulted in CRs, first at 49.68 and then 49.57, the latter giving her the NCAA crown. Her final effort of the collegiate year was a scintillating 48.85 split that gave Texas A&M the CR in the 4×400 at 3:22.34.

Rogers, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, won the NCAA hammer title and bettered the collegiate record twice in the process. Her Round 2 effort of 74.97m (245-11) was her first venture into record territory and stood up as the winning mark until a final heave of 75.52m (247-9) added almost two more feet to the CR. Her undefeated season also produced two other all-time collegiate top-10 marks at 73.52 (241-2) and 73.33 (240-7), which are the No. 8 and =No. 9 all-time performances. She owns 18 of the year’s 20 throws by collegians over 70 meters.

Sturgis, who hails from Kannapolis, North Carolina, swept the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA Outdoor with blistering times. She started off with an historic 100 meters, clocking a wind-aided 10.74 for the fastest recorded time in collegiate history, just behind the 10.75 CR in 2019 by Sha’Carri Richardson, winner of The Bowerman that year. She beat a fast field, with four under 10.90 for just the seventh time in world history under all conditions. Her wind-legal best of 10.92 ties her for No. 5 all-time collegian. She followed up in the 200 with a PR of 22.12 that moved her to No. 4 all-time collegian in a race that featured two under sub-22.20 for the first time in NCAA meet history.

Usoro, who hails from Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, moved to No. 2 all-time on the collegiate triple jump lists both indoors and outdoors, both times just behind 2018 The Bowerman winner Keturah Orji. Indoors, she bounded 14.36m (47-1½) to be the only woman besides Orji over 47 feet. She traveled farther outdoors with a best of 14.50m (47-7). She capped her undefeated season by sweeping titles at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor, and her indoor victory came with a thrilling last-round effort that needed her second-best jump as a tiebreaker. Outdoors, she held off a last-round threat to maintain victory. In the long jump she tied for No. 7 all-time indoors at 6.82m (22-4½).

van Klinken, who hails from Assen, The Netherlands, completed an undefeated season in the discus and moved to No. 4 all-time at 65.01m (213-3). That performance was both historic and dramatic, coming in the last round of the NCAA meet for a come-from-behind victory with a meet record. That moved her from her previous perch of No. 7 on the all-time collegiate list. She also owns the world’s farthest throw this year at 70.22m (230-4) competing unattached in an exhibition just prior to the NCAA West Preliminary Round. That effort, ineligible for record consideration, is farther than the recognized CR of 67.48 (221-5).

Finalists for The Bowerman will be announced at later date.

The Bowerman winner will be announced December 16 as part of the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Florida.


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