The Bowerman: 2022 Women’s Watch List Update #3

NEW ORLEANS – One athlete’s debut and another’s return join eight others on the Post-Indoor version of the Women’s Watch List for The Bowerman released Wednesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

The 10 on the Watch List are Rachel Baxter of Virginia Tech, Tyra Gittens of Texas, Anna Hall of Florida, Jasmine Moore of Florida, Camryn Rogers of California, Grace Stark of Florida, Abby Steiner of Kentucky, Shey Taiwo of Ole Miss, Jorinde van Klinken of Arizona State and Courtney Wayment of BYU.

Two athletes who were in the “also receiving votes” category joined the Watch List – a debut for Baxter and a return for Taiwo, who was on the February 2 edition. 

Florida’s trio of Hall, Moore and Stark repeats as the Gators are now tied with Texas A&M and Southern California with two women’s Watch List threesomes; Oregon is the all-time such leader with 10.

The Bowerman Women’s Watch List

2022 Update #3 — March 23

Year Team Events Hometown
Rachel BaxterSRVirginia TechPole VaultOrange, Calif.
Tyra GittensSRTexasCombined EventsSaint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago
Anna HallSOFloridaCombined EventsHighlands Ranch, Colo.
Jasmine MooreJRFloridaJumpsGrand Prairie, Texas
Camryn RogersSRCaliforniaThrowsRichmond, B.C.
Grace StarkSOFloridaSprints/HurdlesWhite Lake, Mich.
Abby SteinerJRKentuckySprintsDublin, Ohio
Shey TaiwoSROle MissThrowsSouth Holland, Ill.
Jorinde van KlinkenSRArizona StateThrowsAssen, The Netherlands
Courtney WaymentSRBYUMid-Distance/DistanceLayton, Utah

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES Julien Alfred, Texas (Sprints); Anavia Battle, Ohio State (Sprints); Melissa Jefferson, Coastal Carolina (Sprints)

NEXT UPDATE: Wednesday, April 20

Baxter, who hails from Orange, California, culminated an undefeated indoor season in the pole vault by winning the event at the NCAA DI Indoor Championships at 4.62m (15-1¾). That mark improved her hold at No. 5 on the all-time list, bettering the 4.61m (15-1½) she cleared at the ACC Indoor Championships. Baxter is the first female athlete from Virginia Tech on the Watch List since 2010 The Bowerman winner Queen Harrison.

Gittens, who hails from Saint Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago, had a late start to her 2022 campaign. The combined events star has limited her competition to jumping thus far, earning a runner-up in high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a seasonal best of 1.89m (6-2¼). Her best long jump of the year is 6.42m (21-0¾). Gittens, a finalist for The Bowerman last year, improves her lead among active female collegians with career Watch List appearances, now with 10. 

Hall, who hails from Highland Ranch, Colorado, won the NCAA Indoor title in the pentathlon with a score of 4586. That total was 32 points shy of the 4618 she registered in winning the SEC Indoor Championships to move to No. 4 all-time collegiately. The latter mark included an 800-meter time of 2:05.33 that rates as the fastest ever by a collegian (and American) in the 5-eventer. This is Hall’s fifth career appearance on the Watch List.

Moore, who hails from Grand Prairie, Texas, was a double winner in the NCAA Indoor Championships. She started off by coming from behind to win the long jump on Friday at 6.57m (21-6¾), then left no doubt with her first effort in Saturday’s triple jump – bounding 14.57m (47-9¾) to break the collegiate record of 14.55m (47-9) she set in January. All-time, she owns four of the top-10 triple jump performances indoors, and her indoor long jump best of 6.75m (22-1¾) makes her =No. 13 collegiately. This is Moore’s fourth appearance on the Watch List.

Rogers, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, made big gains indoors – which is noteworthy for an athlete whose best event – the hammer throw – is only held outdoors. The indoor “equivalent” for the hammer is the weight throw, where Rogers improved her best by more than six feet to become =No. 10 collegian all-time at 24.06m (78-11¼) in finishing third at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Outdoors, of course, Rogers has no equal collegiately in the hammer, where the reigning two-time NCAA champ owns the two farthest throws in collegiate history, topped by her CR 75.52m (247-9). A semifinalist for The Bowerman last year, Rogers now has six career Watch List appearances.

Stark, who hails from White Lake, Michigan, equaled the collegiate record in the 60-meter hurdles while winning the NCAA event crown in 7.78 – that matches the CR set by 2013 The Bowerman winner Brianna Rollins. The Florida star hurdler now owns four of the top-12 collegiate performances all-time. Without hurdles, Stark is also very fast, placing fourth in the 60 at the NCAA Championships and owning a best of 7.10 (=No. 12 all-time collegiately). This is her third Watch List appearance.

Steiner, who hails from Dublin, Ohio, simply obliterated the 200-meter all-time list indoors, clocking the three fastest times ever by a collegian that includes an American record of 22.09 at the SEC Indoor Championships. She blazed 22.16 to win a second-straight NCAA Indoor title to register the second-fastest performance by a collegian. Counting last year, Steiner has five of the eight fastest indoor times in collegiate history. She also was runner-up in the 60 at the NCAA Indoor, running 7.10 to become =No. 12 all-time collegiately. Don’t forget about her 300-meter CR, either. This is Steiner’s eighth career Watch List appearance.

Taiwo, who hails from South Holland, Illinois, nearly broke weight throw collegiate record in the final round of the NCAA Indoor Championships with her 25.55m (83-10) heave, just 1cm off the CR. She needed a big throw, as Ole Miss (and high school) teammate Jasmine Mitchell was leading at 24.94m (81-10). Taiwo, who lost only once this year in the weight (to Mitchell at the SEC Championships), now owns four of the eight farthest collegiate efforts all-time. Outdoors in the hammer, she was NCAA runner-up last year and is No. 9 all-time at 71.27m (233-10). This is Taiwo’s second Watch List appearance.

van Klinken, who hails from Assen, The Netherlands, is clearly now a double threat. The reigning NCAA discus champ from last year added the shot put title to her war chest at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Her winning effort of 19.08m (62-7¼) moved her to No. 6 all-time collegian in defeating reigning titlist Adelaide Aquilla. In the discus, van Klinken is No. 4 all-time collegiately at 65.01m (213-4) in addition to an exhibition effort of 70.22m (230-4), the farthest throw by a collegian regardless of conditions. A semifinalist for The Bowerman last year, she now has five career Watch List appearances.

Wayment, who hails from Layton, Utah, won the 5000-meter title at the NCAA Indoor Championships and came back for a fifth-place finish in the 3000, an event she won in 2021. She moved to No. 7 all-time collegiately at both events this year, the 3000 at 8:50.05 and 5000 at 15:15.46. Her repertoire includes an outdoor event – the steeplechase, in which last year she became No. 5 during the collegiate season (9:31.37) and No. 1 on the all-dates list (9:23.09). She was a semifinalist for The Bowerman last year and now has six career Watch List appearances.

Three athletes received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee but fell outside the top-10: Julien Alfred of Texas, Anavia Battle of Ohio State and Melissa Jefferson of Coastal Carolina.

The next women’s Watch List is scheduled for April 13.

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