The Bowerman: 2023 Women’s Preseason Watch List
NEW ORLEANS – Is there a better way to start the season?
A record-tying seven returning semifinalists highlight the 10 athletes on the 2023 Women’s Preseason Watch List for The Bowerman, released Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Only the 2012 Women’s Preseason Watch List had as many returning semifinalists. The current star-studded group – which includes returning finalist Camryn Rogers of California – also combines for 19 NCAA titles and collegiate records in four events.
Joining Rogers on the Preseason Watch List are Julien Alfred of Texas, Adelaide Aquilla of Ohio State, Alia Armstrong of LSU, Talitha Diggs of Florida, Lamara Distin of Texas A&M,, Jasmine Moore of Florida, Favour Ofili of LSU, Jorinde van Klinken of Oregon and Britton Wilson of Arkansas.
The Bowerman Women’s Watch List
2023 Preseason — January 10
|Julien Alfred||SR||Texas||Sprints||Castries, St. Lucia|
|Adelaide Aquilla||SR||Ohio State||Throws||Rocky River, Ohio|
|Alia Armstrong||JR||LSU||Sprints/Hurdles||New Orleans, La.|
|Talitha Diggs||JR||Florida||Sprints||Saucon Valley, Pa.|
|Lamara Distin||JR||Texas A&M||Jumps||Hanover, Jamaica|
|Jasmine Moore||JR||Florida||Jumps||Grand Prairie, Texas|
|Favour Ofili||JR||LSU||Sprints||Port Harcourt, Nigeria|
|Camryn Rogers||SR||California||Throws||Richmond, B.C.|
|Jorinde van Klinken||SR||Oregon||Throws||Assen, The Netherlands|
|Britton Wilson||JR||Arkansas||Sprints||Henrico, Va.|
ALSO RECEIVING VOTES Grace Stark, Florida (Sprints/Hurdles), Katelyn Tuohy, NC State (Mid-Distance/Distance)
UPCOMING: Wednesday, February 1 – Update #1
Alfred, who hails from Castries, St. Lucia, is the collegiate record holder in the indoor 60 meters, set last year at 7.04 in the heats of the NCAA Indoor Championships. Outdoors, she proved unbeatable by collegians in the 100 meters, culminating with the NCAA title and a season’s best of 10.81 (=No. 3 all-time collegian). She added two wind-aided times of 10.80, making her the first collegian with two – let alone three – times at 10.81 or faster on the all-time list under all conditions. This is Alfred’s fourth career Watch List appearance.
Aquilla, who hails from Rocky River, Ohio, is a three-time NCAA champion with two titles in the outdoor shot put and one in the indoor shot put. She won her second outdoor crown last year, courtesy of a first-round effort of 19.64m (64-5¼) that also gave her the CR that also exceeded farthest set indoors. Her best indoors – 19.09m (62-7¾) – places her No. 5 all-time collegiately. This is Aquilla’s third career Watch List appearance.
Armstrong, who hails from New Orleans, Louisiana, won the NCAA Outdoor title in the 100 hurdles after opening up with a Texas Relays win in a wind-aided 12.33 – merely the fastest by a collegian under any conditions. Indoors she rates No. 3 all-time collegiately with a PR of 7.81 in the 60 hurdles while her 7.11 best in the 60 dash is just outside the all-time collegiate top-10. This is Armstrong’s fifth career Watch List appearance.
Diggs, who hails from Saucon Valley, Pennsylvania, makes her Watch List debut after sweeping the NCAA indoor and outdoor titles in the 400 meters last year. Her outdoor best of 49.99 made her just the sixth collegian to break the sub-50 barrier and she can also claim another top-8 all-time performance. Indoors, her best is 50.98 and her 300 best of 36.37 places her No. 4 on the all-time collegiate list.
Distin, who hails from Hanover, Jamaica, makes her Watch List debut after a 2022 sweep of the NCAA indoor and outdoor titles in the high jump. She had her highest performances outdoors, clearing a best of 1.97m (6-5½) for a share of No. 4 all-time collegiately. She added three more performances at 1.95 (6-4¾) that made her the first athlete with four over that height in the same outdoor season. She is Texas A&M’s 17th athlete to make the Women’s Watch List, placing the Aggies No. 2 all-time in The Bowerman history.
Moore, who hails from Grand Prairie, Texas, made history last year in becoming just the second woman to sweep the long jump and triple jump at both the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, joining Sheila Hudson (1990). In the triple jump Moore reached record levels indoor with a CR 14.55m (47-9) to take down the standard held by 2018 The Bowerman winner Keturah Orji. Outdoors her best of 14.39m (47-2½) makes her No. 3 all-time collegiately. Her long jump bests of 6.83m (22-5) outdoors and 6.75m (22-1¾) indoors are just outside of the all-time collegiate top-10. This is Moore’s ninth career Watch List appearance.
Ofili, who hails from Port Harcourt, Nigeria, became the first collegian to run sub-22 with a then-CR 21.96 last year. While she lost the record to eventual The Bowerman winner Abby Steiner, Ofili owns four of the top-9 collegiate performances all-time. Indoors she rates No. 9 all-time collegiately at 22.46. She is also No. 10 all-time in the 100 among collegians with a best of 10.93. This is Ofili’s fifth career Watch List appearance.
Rogers, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, dominates the hammer throw collegiately by owning all of the top-10 performances all-time, topped by her CR of 77.67m (254-10). She is also a three-time NCAA champion in the event – just the second athlete to win the athlete three-straight times. Indoors she rates =No. 10 all-time collegian in the weight throw at 24.06m (78-11¼). Rogers is the current active leader in career Women’s Watch List appearances with 11.
Van Klinken, who hails from Assen, The Netherlands, won a second NCAA discus title last year plus added the indoor shot put crown. She rates high on both all-time collegiate lists – No. 4 in the discus at 65.01m (213-4) and No. 6 in the indoor shot at 19.08m (62-7¼). Her outdoor shot best of 18.75m (61-6¼) places her just outside the all-time collegiate top-10. This is van Klinken’s 10th Watch List appearance, but her first after transferring from Arizona State to Oregon – and her latest appearance raises the Ducks’ all-time Watch List-leading number of women’s athletes to 17.
Wilson, who hails from Henrico, Virginia, won the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She was dominant at the SEC Outdoor Championships in a memorable display of versatility – winning the 400 in a PR 50.05 (No. 7 all-time collegian) before a 400 hurdles victory in a PR 53.75 (No. 6 all-time collegian) before running anchor the 4×400 relay with a split of 48.60, the fastest collegiate split in history. Her record setting began indoors as part of the Razorbacks’ 4×400 team, which won the SEC Indoor Championships with a CR of 3:24.09 as Wilson clocked a 49.84 split. This is Wilson’s third career Watch List appearance.
Two athletes received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee but fell outside the Top 10: Grace Stark of Florida and Katelyn Tuohy of NC State.
The next women’s Watch List is scheduled for Feb. 1.