The Bowerman: 2022 Women’s Watch List Update #7

NEW ORLEANS – Only one change was made to the Women’s Pre-NCAA Final Site Championships Watch List for The Bowerman, a group that has five who have been on every Watch List this year.

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) released the latest Women’s Watch List on Tuesday. Thirteen athletes received votes, with the Top-10 comprising the Watch List.

The Final Site NCAA Championships are Wednesday-Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, and represent the final opportunities for most athletes to compete as collegians this season.

The new name making her debut on the Watch List is Demisha Roswell of Texas Tech. She joins an exceptional group of nine returning: Alia Armstrong of LSU, Anna Hall of Florida, Jasmine Moore of Florida, Favour Ofili of LSU, Camryn Rogers of California, Abby Steiner of Kentucky, Jorinde van Klinken of Arizona State, Courtney Wayment of BYU and Britton Wilson of Arkansas.

The Bowerman Women’s Watch List

2022 Update #7 — June 7

Year Team Events Hometown
Alia ArmstrongSOLSUSprints/HurdlesNew Orleans, La.
Anna HallSOFloridaCombined EventsHighlands Ranch, Colo.
Jasmine MooreJRFloridaJumpsGrand Prairie, Texas
Favour OfiliJRLSUSprintsPort Harcourt, Nigeria
Camryn RogersSRCaliforniaThrowsRichmond, B.C.
Demisha RoswellJRTexas TechSprints/HurdlesKingston, Jamaica
Abby SteinerJRKentuckySprintsDublin, Ohio
Jorinde van KlinkenSRArizona StateThrowsAssen, The Netherlands
Courtney WaymentSRBYUMid-Distance/DistanceLayton, Utah
Britton WilsonSOArkansasSprintsHenrico, Va.

ALSO RECEIVING VOTES Julien Alfred, Texas (Sprints); Lamara Distin, Texas A&M (Jumps); Katelyn Tuohy, NC State (Mid-Distance/Distance)

UPCOMING: Monday, June 20 – Semifinalists Announced

Florida and LSU each have two athletes on the Watch List – the third-straight occurrence for the Tigers, while the Gators have had at least two athletes on every Watch List this year. Florida joined exclusive company with its season-long streak of having at least two athletes on every Women’s Watch List, as only Oregon has achieved the same run – in 2014 and 2017, with the latter seeing the Ducks with at least three on each Watch List that year.

Armstrong, who hails from New Orleans, Louisiana, continued her spectacular outdoor hurdles season through the East Preliminary Round after winning the SEC in a wind-aided 12.46. Her fastest race of the year is the fastest in all-conditions collegiate history – a wind-aided 12.33 to win the Texas Relays. Her fastest wind-legal race (12.61) was in her lone outdoor loss, as her three fastest races have come with wind readings above 2.0mps. Indoors, she rates No. 3 all-time among collegians at 7.81 in the 60 hurdles and also won the SEC title. She also leads off LSU’s 4×100 relay team, which advanced to the NCAA final site as No. 3 seasonally at 42.59. This is Armstrong’s fourth career Watch List appearance.

Hall, who hails from Highland Ranch, Colorado, has historic finishing touches in both her heptathlons this year. At the USATF Championships, her winning score of 6458 moved her to No. 2 all-time collegian. Both that and her previous best of 6412 (No. 5 all-time performance), culminated with the fastest 800-meter performances during a heptathlon – 2:03.11 after her earlier 2:04.61. Her record-breaking action in the final discipline was also on display indoors, where she won the NCAA Indoor owns the No. 4 all-time score among collegians in that event all-time among collegians, also with the event’s best-ever 800 record by a collegian (2:05.33). She has PRed in five of the heptathlon’s seven disciplines this year, including the 200 at 23.14 – the fastest-ever by a collegian in-season. With the heptathlon on hold until the Final Site Championships, Hall has concentrated on individual events and enters the 400-meter hurdles with the year’s No. 2 time at 54.91. This is Hall’s ninth career appearance on the Watch List.

Moore, who hails from Grand Prairie, Texas, advanced as the top qualifier from the East in the NCAA Preliminary Round in both the long jump and triple jump. She swept both events at the SEC Championships – outdoors and indoors – as well as the NCAA Indoor Championships. At the SEC Outdoor, Moore’s winning triple jump was a wind-aided 14.46m/47-5¼ to make her No. 3 all-time on the outdoor collegiate all-conditions list. She’s gone even farther, however, with her indoor CR of 14.57m/47-9¾, a performance only surpassed (indoors or outdoors) in the collegiate ranks by 2018 The Bowerman winner Keturah Orji with her outdoor CR or 14.62m/47-11¾. Moore is undefeated in the triple jump this year with only one loss in the long jump, an event in which she has spanned a best of 6.82m/22-4½ this year that is just off her PR of 6.83m/22-5 from last year. This is Moore’s eighth career Watch List appearance.

Ofili, who hails from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, was on cruise control in the NCAA East Preliminary yet still added to her collection of all-time performances, clocking 22.08 in her 200-meter quarterfinal to give her three of the top-7 all-time marks by a collegian. Her best of 21.96 set the current CR and her 22.04 set a meet record in winning the SEC Outdoor Championships, where she completed a sweep of the sprints by winning the 100 in 10.93 to equal her PR that makes her No. 9 all-time among collegians despite a headwind of -0.7mps. She also ran relay legs for LSU on the 4×100 and 4×400 relays as both advanced to the NCAA Finals Site Championships. Indoors, she was runner-up in the NCAA 200 while taking seventh in the 60. This is Ofili’s fourth Watch List appearance.

Rogers, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, didn’t need to break her own CR in the hammer to advance from the NCAA Preliminary Round, but she did so anyways. Her heave of 76.46m (250-10) added to her domination of the event as she now owns all of the top-5 collegiate throws in history, three coming this year in racking up the top-9 throws of 2022. She had the three previous raisings of the CR, one this year and two in 2021 when she won her second NCAA title in the event. Indoors, she moved to =No. 10 collegian all-time in the weight throw at 24.06m (78-11¼) in finishing third at the NCAA Indoor Championships. A semifinalist for The Bowerman last year, Rogers now has 10 career Watch List appearances.

Roswell, who hails from Kingston, Jamaica, makes her debut appearance on the Watch List as the nation’s fastest 100-meter hurdler. Her wind-legal best of 12.44 in winning the Big 12 Championships makes her =No. 4 collegian all-time. She won both of her races in the NCAA Preliminary Rounds, topped by a 12.78 performance that is equal to her second-fastest time. Roswell is the third woman from Texas Tech to be named to the Watch List in award history, with all three coming in the past two years as she joins Ruth Usoro and Monae’ Nichols.

Steiner, who hails from Dublin, Ohio, added another fast 200-meter performance to her growing collection. Her latest addition is also her fastest ever, a wind-aided 22.01w (+2.1) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA East Preliminary Round to become No. 4 collegian all-time considering all conditions. With legal wind she is No. 4 all-time with two of the top-6 performances among collegians. That’s outdoors – indoors she won the NCAA Indoor title and owns the three fastest every by a collegian, topped by her CR 22.09. In shorter distances she was NCAA runner-up in the 60 and rates =No. 7 all-time among collegians in the 100 at 10.92. She is a prominent figure on the Wildcat 4×100 and 4×400 relays, splitting a 48.78 leg on UK’s CR-setting 3:21.93 in the longer race. This is the 12th career Watch List appearance for Steiner, tying her for most among active athletes with Tyra Gittens.

Van Klinken, who hails from Assen, The Netherlands, led the shot put and discus at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. That followed a sweep of the events at the Pac-12 Championships, as she hasn’t lost to a collegian in either event this year (including the shot indoors). She is most dominant in the discus, sailing the platter over 200 feet in all five of her meets thus year – owning the 16 longest throws of the year with the best at 64.75m (212-5). That mark is just short of the 65.01m (213-4) she used in a come-from-behind victory in last year’s NCAA Championships that makes her No. 4 all-time collegiately. Van Klinken gained respect in the shot put indoors, winning the NCAA title after moving to No. 6 all-time collegian at 19.08m (62-7¼) and adding a No. 12 all-time outdoors at 18.75m (61-6¼). Last year she also had an exhibition effort in the discus of 70.22m (230-4), the farthest throw by a collegian regardless of conditions. A semifinalist for The Bowerman last year, van Klinken now has nine career Watch List appearances.

Wayment, who hails from Layton, Utah, sailed through the NCAA West Preliminary Round of the steeplechase much like she has in just about every race she’s run this year – with relative ease. She won the Mt. SAC Relays in 9:26.88, moving to No. 3 all-time during the collegiate season. Last year she set all-dates collegiate best in the steeple with a 9:23.09 at the Olympic Trials. At the Penn Relays she put on her relay cap and anchored BYU to winning the school’s first-ever coveted wheel from the meet as the Cougars won the distance medley relay in 10:50.22, with Wayment clocking 4:32.39 for the 1600 leg. Her impressive range extends to the 5000, in which she won the NCAA Indoor title in March, and includes the 3000, in which she finished fourth (she’s No. 7 all-time collegian indoors in both). She was a semifinalist for The Bowerman last year and now has 10 career Watch List appearances.

Wilson, who hails from Henrico, Virginia, only ran two events at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. So instead of dominating three events – as she did memorably at the SEC Championships – it was just two. There was barely a hiccup as she posted a 400 hurdles time of 54.87 that gave her all of the top-5 collegiate times of the year, plus a 49.72 anchor on the Razorbacks’ winning 4×400 team. As impressive as that was, it still couldn’t match her incredible performance at the SEC Championships, where she won the 400 (50.05, moving to No. 6 all-time collegiately), 400 hurdles (53.75, also No. 6 all-time) and anchored Arkansas with a 48.60 split that is the fastest ever by a collegian. This is Wilson’s second appearance on the Watch List.

Three athletes received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee but fell outside the Top 10: Julien Alfred of Texas, Lamara Distin of Texas A&M and Katelyn Tuohy of NC State.

This is the final Watch List of the season. The next announcement will comprise the semifinalists for The Bowerman on June 20.


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