The Bowerman: 2022 Women’s Watch List Update #2

NEW ORLEANS – Two new names debuted and two names made returns to The Bowerman Women’s Watch List in the Pre-NCAA Indoor Championships edition released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The 10 on the Watch List are Alia Armstrong of LSU, Tyra Gittens of Texas, Anna Hall of Florida, Alexis Holmes of Kentucky, Jasmine Moore of Florida, Camryn Rogers of California, Grace Stark of Florida, Abby Steiner of Kentucky, Jorinde van Klinken of Arizona State and Courtney Wayment of BYU.

The Bowerman Women’s Watch List

2022 Update #2 — March 2

Year Team Events Hometown
Alia ArmstrongSOLSUSprints/HurdlesNew Orleans, La.
Tyra GittensSRTexasCombined EventsSaint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Anna HallSOFloridaCombined EventsHighlands Ranch, Colo.
Alexis HolmesSRKentuckySprintsHamden, Conn.
Jasmine MooreJRFloridaJumpsGrand Prairie, Texas
Camryn RogersSRCaliforniaThrowsRichmond, B.C.
Grace StarkSOFloridaSprints/HurdlesWhite Lake, Mich.
Abby SteinerJRKentuckySprintsDublin, Ohio
Jorinde van KlinkenSRArizona StateThrowsAssen, The Netherlands
Courtney WaymentSRBYUMid-Distance/DistanceLayton, Utah

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES Adelaide Aquilla, Ohio State (Throws), Anavia Battle, Ohio State (Sprints), Rachel Baxter, Virginia Tech (Pole Vault), Aurora Rynda, Michigan (Distance), Shey Taiwo, Ole Miss (Throws), Ruth Usoro, Texas Tech (Jumps)

NEXT UPDATE: Wednesday, March 23

The return of Gittens – a finalist for the award in 2021 – comes with a new affiliation, as the Texas A&M graduate now represents Texas; Gittens missed the last Watch List, when her collegiate status was unclear. Hall returns to the Watch List for the first time since the Preseason version in early January, while Armstrong and Holmes are making debuts.

Florida’s trio of Hall, Moore and Stark is their first as the Gators join Oregon (10), Texas A&M (2), Southern California (2) and Georgia (1) with groupings of three or more women on the same Watch List in the history of the award.

Armstrong, who hails from New Orleans, Louisiana, has rocketed up the all-time list in the 60-meter hurdles, landing at No. 2 with a 7.81 win at the Tyson Invitational over another all-timer in Stark. She claimed her first SEC title last weekend, but that came surprisingly in the 60 at 7.11 that made her top-10 in another event collegiately (=No. 10) in beating two fellow Watch List members in Stark and Steiner. She has but one loss in both events combined, as a calf cramp in the 60H final at the SEC caused her to stop and be DQ’d while pushing over a hurdle with her hand in the process.

Gittens, who hails from Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, has a wondrous collegiate history while donning the colors of Texas A&M. Now at Texas, the CR holder in the pentathlon (4746 last year) has concentrated competitively in just the high jump and long jump this year. She won the NCAA title indoors in the former last year and has leaped 1.88m (6-2) thus far in 2022 while adding an LJ best of 6.42m (21-0¾). This is Gittens’ ninth appearance on the Watch List as she is now the active leader in that regard.

Hall, who hails from Highland Ranch, Colorado, made history in the final event of the SEC Championships pentathlon, scorching an 800-meter time of 2:05.33 that rates as the fastest ever by a collegian (and American) in the 5-eventer. The PR by over two seconds gave her a pentathlon total of 4618, improving her stance as No. 4 collegian all-time. Her pentathlon effort at the SEC meet also included an =PR in the indoor long jump of 5.99m (19-8). This is Hall’s fourth time on the Watch List.

Holmes, who hails from Hamden, Connecticut, has improved in every 400-meter final this year, each time by more than 0.5 seconds. Her incredible season last saw a thrilling SEC Championships victory in 50.77, good for No. 8 all-time. She has been clocked even faster on a 400 split at 50.36 at the SEC meet.

Moore, who hails from Grand Prairie, Texas, has three of the eight farthest triple jumps in indoor history, topped by 14.55m (47-9) to better the collegiate record of 2018 The Bowerman winner Keturah Orji. Moore moved her indoor long jump best into 22-foot territory to 6.75m (22-1¾) in sweeping the SEC horizontal titles. Moore has long jumped even further outdoors – 6.83m (22-5) last year.

Rogers, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, was a semifinalist for The Bowerman last year, when she captured a second NCAA hammer title before she finished fifth in the Tokyo Olympics. She owns the two longest efforts collegiately in the hammer, topped by a best of 75.52m (247-9). How much can an indoor weight throw relate to a hammer throw? Rogers has improved her best indoors with the 20-pound weight to 22.73m (74-7) this winter.

Stark, who hails from White Lake, Michigan, has rare hurdle/sprint combination. She has twice run 7.86 over barriers, which makes her No. 5 all-time. She claimed the SEC Championships title in the event in a revenge victory over fellow Watch List member Armstrong. Stark is just outside the all-time collegiate top-10 list in the 60 at 7.12.

Steiner, who hails from Dublin, Ohio, has broken CRs multiple times. In the 200, she once co-owned the CR at 22.38, then lowered it to 22.37 before her demolishment of 22.09 at the SEC Championships that also set an American record and made her the second-fastest woman in world history. She started her season in December with an incredible 35.80 for 300 meters that broke the 40-year-old record of Merlene Ottey. Steiner is near top-10 all-time collegiately in the 60 (7.12) and has even clocked 50.71 in the 4×400.

van Klinken, who hails from Assen, The Netherlands, is known primarily as a discus thrower, earning semifinalist status for The Bowerman last year after a come-from-behind meet record to win the NCAA title at 65.01m (213-3). She also owns a stunning 70.22m (230-4) effort while competing unattached, which far exceeds the recognized CR of 67.48m (221-5) that has stood since 1981. Undercover this winter she’s unbeaten in the shot put by collegians with a new PR of 18.88m (61-11½).

Wayment, who hails from Layton, Utah, rates top-10 in a pair of distance events – No.7 at both the 3000 (8:50.05) and 5000 (15:15.46). She was the top collegian in the Millrose Games 3000 meters. A semifinalist for The Bowerman last year, she also made the outdoor all-time list in the steeplechase – No. 5 at 9:31.37, although she followed that up with a post-season 9:23.09 that is the fastest-ever on the all-dates collegiate list.

Six athletes received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee but fell outside the top-10: Adelaide Aquilla of Ohio State, Anavia Battle of Ohio State, Rachel Baxter of Virginia Tech, Aurora Rynda of Michigan, Shey Taiwo of Ole Miss and Ruth Usoro of Texas Tech.

The next women’s Watch List is scheduled for March 23.

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