The Bowerman: 2022 Women’s Preseason Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – Three collegiate-record setters and five multi-time NCAA champions are among the 10 athletes on the 2022 Women’s Preseason Watch List for The Bowerman, released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

In all, the group collected 13 NCAA individual titles in indoor and outdoor track & field last year, led by three from 2021 The Bowerman finalist Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M. Gittens shared the same stage nearly three weeks ago with teammate and eventual winner Athing Mu and Tara Davis of Texas.

Joining Gittens on the Preseason Watch List are Adelaide Aquilla of Ohio State, Lisa Gunnarsson of LSU, Anna Hall of Florida, Jasmine Moore of Florida, Camryn Rogers of California, Abby Steiner of Kentucky, Ruth Usoro of Texas Tech, Jorinde van Klinken of Arizona State and Courtney Wayment of BYU.

The Bowerman Women’s Watch List

2022 Preseason — January 5

Year Team Events Hometown
Adelaide AquillaSROhio StateThrowsRocky River, Ohio
Tyra GittensSRTexas A&MCombined EventsSaint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Lisa GunnarssonSRLSUPole VaultParis, France
Anna HallSOFloridaCombined EventsHighlands Ranch, Colo.
Jasmine MooreJRFloridaJumpsGrand Prairie, Texas
Camryn RogersSRCaliforniaThrowsRichmond, B.C.
Abby SteinerJRKentuckySprintsDublin, Ohio
Ruth UsoroSRTexas TechJumpsAkwa Ibom State, Nigeria
Jorinde van KlinkenSRArizona StateThrowsAssen, The Netherlands
Courtney WaymentSRBYUMid-Distance/DistanceLayton, Utah

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES Anavia Battle, Ohio State (Sprints); Mercy Chelangat, Alabama (Distance); Joyce Kimeli, Auburn (Distance); Aaliyah Miller, Baylor (Mid-Distance); Kemba Nelson, Oregon (Sprints)

NEXT UPDATE: Wednesday, February 2

Aquilla, who hails from Rocky River, Ohio, swept the indoor and outdoor NCAA shot put titles in 2021. Her best outdoor put of 19.12m (62-8¾) – achieved in winning the Big Ten Championships – moved her to No. 4 on the all-time collegiate list with the eighth-best performance. This is Aquilla’s debut on Watch List.

Gittens, who hails from Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, amassed the most points – 50 – of any athlete regardless of gender in the 2021 NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. Her final tally was three firsts, one second and two thirds. Two of her titles came indoors with a CR 4746 in the pentathlon along with the high jump crown in becoming the first athlete to win both events in meet history. Outdoors, she won the NCAA heptathlon after earlier scoring 6418 points to win the SEC Championships and move to No. 3 collegian all-time. She also is No. 4 all-time in the outdoor long jump (6.96m/22-10) and =No. 6 in the outdoor high jump (1.95m/6-4¾). This is Gittens’ eighth appearance on the Watch List, equaling Usoro as the active leader in that regard.

Gunnarsson, who hails from Paris, France, swept the indoor and outdoor NCAA pole vault titles in 2021. She won the indoor crown with a lifetime best of 4.56m (14-11½) that tied her for No. 8 on the all-time collegiate list. Her best outdoors (4.60m/15-1) puts her in a tie for No. 9 all-time. This is Gunnarson’s debut on the Watch List as the Tigers have now had at least one woman included every year since 2017.

Hall, who hails from Highland Ranch, Colorado, moved to No. 4 on the all-time list in the pentathlon at 4590 points and was runner-up at the NCAA Indoor. In the same meet, she also placed third in the high jump after earlier clearing a PR 1.89m (6-2¼) as runner-up at the SEC Indoor Championships. Outdoors, her best heptathlon score of 6200 makes her No. 12 on the all-time collegiate list, just 11 points away from the top 10. This is Hall’s third time on the Watch List and her first since transferring from Georgia.

Moore, who hails from Grand Prairie, Texas, climbed to No. 3 on the all-time collegiate outdoor triple jump list with an effort of 14.39m (47-2½) in winning the SEC Indoor title. That rates as the No. 4 performance ever, and she can also add the =No. 9 mark at 14.27m (46-10). She was runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where she added a third-place finish in the long jump (an event in which her best is 6.83m/22-5). This is Moore’s debut on the Bowerman Watch List after twice being included in the “Also Receiving Votes” category last year.

Hall and Moore, both of whom competed for Georgia last year and transferred to SEC rival Florida in the offseason, give the Gators their first pair of women on Watch List since 2010.

Rogers, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, destroyed the record book in the hammer throw at the 2021 NCAA Outdoor Championships. She now owns the four longest marks in meet history, which included a collegiate record of 75.52 (247-9) to defend the title she first won in 2019. Her 2021 campaign saw her undefeated by collegians and generated 18 of the year’s 20 throws by a collegian over 70 meters. Her skills earned worldwide attention in the postseason with a fifth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics. Rogers was a semifinalist for The Bowerman from 2021 and is making her third appearance on the Watch List.

Steiner, who hails from Dublin, Ohio, claimed the first collegiate record of the current young indoor season, blazing 35.80 for 300 meters in December to take down a mark set by legendary Merlene Ottey more than 40 years ago. She is the only member of the Watch List with multiple CRs, having equaled that standard for the indoor 200 in winning last year’s NCAA title in 22.38. She also owns the =No. 4 performance in the indoor 200 at 22.41. This is Steiner’s fifth appearance on the Watch List.

Usoro, who hails from Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, is No. 2 on both the indoor and outdoor all-time collegiate lists in the triple jump, trailing only 2018 The Bowerman winner Keturah Orji in each iteration. She swept the indoor and outdoor NCAA titles to highlight an undefeated 2021 collegiate campaign in the triple jump. Indoors she bounded 14.36m (47-1½) to be the only woman besides Orji over 47 feet, while she went even farther outdoors with a best of 14.50m (47-7). Her victory at the NCAA Indoor came via a last-round effort in a thrilling competition that also needed her second-best mark as a tiebreaker. In the long jump she is tied for No. 7 all-time indoors at 6.82m (22-4½). A semifinalist for The Bowerman last year, Usoro is making her eighth appearance on the Watch List – tying Gittens as the active leader and trailing only 2019 men’s finalist Divine Oduduru in career Red Raider appearances (10) on the Watch List.

Van Klinken, who hails from Assen, The Netherlands, set a meet record in the discus at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a come-from-behind effort in the last round at 65.01m (213-3). While that record elevated her to No. 4 on the all-time collegiate list, it wasn’t even her best of the spring. Competing unattached in an exhibition just prior to the NCAA West Preliminary Round, she uncorked a stunning throw of 70.22m (230-4) that – while ineligible for record consideration – is much farther than the recognized CR of 67.48m (221-5) that has stood since 1981. This is van Klinken’s second career appearance on the Watch List after finishing last year as a semifinalist.

Wayment, who hails from Layton, Utah, won the 3000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships, then doubled back to anchor BYU’s distance medley to victory. She rates highly twice on all-time collegiate 5k lists: No. 7 indoors 15:15.46; No. 9 outdoors 15:17.58. Wayment was also impressive last year in an event she hadn’t run in four years – the steeplechase. Her collegiate steeple best of 9:31.37 puts her at No. 5 all-time, although her PR of 9:23.09 – achieved just two weeks after the NCAA Championships – is the fastest-ever on the all-dates collegiate list. A semifinalist for The Bowerman last year, Wayment now owns the BYU lead for women’s Watch List appearances with three.

Five athletes received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee, but fell outside the top-10: Anavia Battle of Ohio State, Mercy Chelangat of Alabama, Joyce Kimeli of Auburn, Aaliyah Miller of Baylor and Kemba Nelson of Oregon.

The next women’s Watch List is scheduled for February 2.

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