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Elite Upperclassmen Make Up Bowerman Preseason Women’s Watch List

Published by
Matt   on Jan 13 2011, 06:28 PM

Elite Upperclassmen Make Up Bowerman Preseason Women’s Watch List

The quest to become a 2011 Bowerman finalist is up for grabs

 

January 13, 2011

NEW ORLEANS – A full slate of upperclassmen are represented in the preseason women’s watch list for The Bowerman, the award’s women’s watch committee announced Thursday. The three finalists for collegiate track & field’s top award in 2010 were seniors, and, over the next several months, three different names will come to the forefront, showing themselves as the nation’s elite.

Of the ten final candidates for the award in 2010, only two – Semoy Hackett and Brianne Theisen – return for the initial watch list of the year. In what should be a very interesting year in many event areas, the sprints are seemingly the most intriguing as five of the ten on the watch are sprinters.

 

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, PRESEASON 2011 WOMEN

(updated January 13, 2011, listed in alphabetical order)

NAME

YEAR

SCHOOL

EVENTS

HOMETOWN

Joanna Atkins

SR

Auburn

Sprints

Stone Mountain, Ga.

Jessica Beard

SR

Texas A&M

Sprints

Euclid, Ohio

Ti'erra Brown

JR

Miami (Fla.)

Hurdles

Hampton, Va.

Semoy Hackett

JR

LSU

Sprints

Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago

Amber Kaufman

SR

Hawai'i

Jumps

San Jose, Calif.

Gabby Mayo

JR

Texas A&M

Sprints/Hurdles

Raleigh, N.C.

Sheila Reid

JR

Villanova

Distance

Newmarket, Ont.

Jeneba Tarmoh

JR

Texas A&M

Sprints

San Jose, Calif.

Brianne Theisen

SR

Oregon

Combined Events

Humboldt, Sask.

Kim Williams

SR

Florida State

Jumps

Kingston, Jamaica

 

Joanna Atkins, Auburn

Senior, Sprints, Stone Mountain, Ga. (Stephenson HS)

Atkins was the 2009 NCAA outdoor champion in the 400-meter dash where she ran a personal best 50.39, a time that stood as a top-12 time in the world for the year. In the 2010 season, Atkins finished fourth indoors and third outdoors in respective NCAA Championships at 400 meters, was SEC outdoor champion in the event, and also scored in the NCAA outdoor meet with Auburn’s 4x100 and 4x400 relay squads.

 

Jessica Beard, Texas A&M

Senior, Sprints, Euclid, Ohio (Euclid HS)

Beard, who mainly specializes in the 200 and 400 meters, helped the Aggies to a second-straight NCAA team title outdoors in scoring second-place national finishes in the 400 as anchor of the squad’s 4x400. Beard accumulated four Big 12 titles in 2010 and an all-time collegiate best as a member of the Aggie 4x200 that clocked 1:29.42 at the Penn Relays. Beard’s star has shined the brightest on the international stage as she lays claim to four world-championship medals. Most notably, Beard was the third leg of Team USA’s 4x400-meter relay squad that won gold at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin. Beard has also been on two gold-medaling IAAF World Junior Championship 4x400 teams to go with a silver medal won individually in the 400 in 2008.

 

Ti’erra Brown, Miami (Fla.)

Junior, Hurdles, Hampton, Va. (Hampton HS)

Queen Harrison, 2010 women’s winner of The Bowerman, was the first female in NCAA Division I history to sweep national tiles in both the 100- and 400-meter hurdles. Brown could be the early favorite to be the second. Only Harrison, also an ACC foe, stood in Brown’s way for both titles last year as the then-sophomore was national runner-up in both events last year. Brown sent a call to action after running a then-world leading 54.74 in the NCAA’s 400 hurdle quarterfinals – the time would stand as the 13th best in the world in 2010. Over the summer, Brown, along with a NACAC title, would win each round on the way to a USATF 400-meter hurdle title where she put more than a full second ahead of the rest of the field in the final.

 

Semoy Hackett, LSU

Sprints, Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago (Bishop’s HS/Lincoln (Mo.))

In 2010, Hackett won five NCAA Division II titles, set three championship records, and added an all-time Division II best in the 200 with Lincoln University of Missouri. It was quite a year for the Caribbean native. And, with a move to Division I with the transfer to LSU, the stage lights are now a little brighter. At the NCAA DII outdoor meet, Hackett took titles in the 100, 200, and 4x100, all for the second-straight year. In the 200, she ran a championships-meet record and an all-time division best 22.75 in the final to break a 17-year-old standard. The time also stood as the third-best among all collegians in 2010, trailing only 2009 Bowerman finalist Porscha Lucas and current watchlister Jeneba Tarmoh.

 

Amber Kaufman, Hawai’i

Senior, Jumps, San Jose, Calif. (Branham HS)

Kaufman became Hawai’i’s first national track & field champion in 26 years in winning the high jump at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene. Kaufman was the only to clear 6-1¼ (1.86m) at the national meet to clinch the title. Kaufman was second at the NCAA indoor meet and cleared a season-best 6-3¼ (1.91m) once in each indoor and outdoor seasons. Kaufman’s all-time best is a 6-4 (1.93m) clearance claimed in winning the WAC title in 2009.

 

Gabby Mayo, Texas A&M

Junior, Sprints/Hurdles, Raleigh, N.C. (Southeast HS)

Mayo is a multi-dimensional athlete, having claimed conference titles and national acclaim in both the short sprints and high hurdles. Last year, Mayo swept Big 12 indoor titles in the 60 dash and 60 hurdles for the second straight year and finished second and fifth, respectively, in those events at the NCAA meet. Outdoors, Mayo was an NCAA qualifier in the 100, 100 hurdles, and in 4x100. However, upon arriving to Eugene for the national finals, Mayo suffered an injury to her quad muscle resulting in her withdrawal. In 2009, she helped A&M claim a collegiate record in the 4x100 (42.36) en route to an NCAA title.

 

Sheila Reid, Villanova

Junior, Distance, Newmarket, Ontario

Reid is coming off the fall cross country season with individual and team NCAA titles. Reid led the Wildcats to a second-straight NCAA cross country crown with her own national individual title, becoming the first since 1994 to win the individual NCAA title while leading their team to victory. On the track in 2010, Reid finished third in the 3000 at the national indoor meet and followed with a fourth-place showing in the 1500 at the NCAA outdoor meet. Indoors, Reid won Big East titles in the 1000 and mile and added a conference crown in the 800 outdoors.

 

Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M

Junior, Sprints, San Jose, Calif. (Mt. Pleasant HS/Tennessee)

Tarmoh is another of a number of talented sprinters to watch in 2011. Tarmoh was a top-three finisher at the NCAA indoor meet at 60 meters and at the NCAA outdoor meet in the 100 and 200 in 2010.  In addition, Tarmoh led off the NCAA champ Aggie 4x100 squad most of the season in 2010 and was a member of the 4x200 team that set a new collegiate record at the Penn Relays. In addition, Tarmoh swept 100 and 200 titles at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in May, was a USATF finalist in the 100 in June, and won the NACAC 100-meter title in July. Tarmoh is a three-time international medalist which includes a 100-meter gold earned at the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2008.

 

Brianne Theisen, Oregon

Senior, Combined Events, Humboldt, Saskatchewan (Humboldt Collegiate Institute)

Theisen won the NCAA heptathlon title for second-straight time in 2010, topping the field by over 400 points for a personal-best and school-record score of 6,094. In addition to also winning the NCAA pentathlon crown indoors, Theisen would lead off the Oregon 4x400-meter squad to a NCAA title last year. Theisen’s all-time best pentathlon score of 4,396, set in 2010, sits as the fourth best among collegians all-time. Theisen has twice won the Pac-10 heptathlon crown, and, in 2009, Theisen was 15th in the same event at the IAAF World Championships.

 

Kim Williams, Florida State

Senior, Jumps, Kingston, Jamaica (Vere Technical HS)

Williams made quite a mark during the 2010 indoor season in the triple jump. At the NCAA Championships, Williams won her second-consecutive title in the event and could become only the second (Yvette Bates, USC, 1986-88) to win a third with a national crown this March. In winning the ACC indoor crown for a third time, her best leap of 46-8¼ (14.24m) placed her just two centimeters shy of the collegiate record of 46-9 (14.25m). Overall, Williams has won eight ACC crowns and four NCAA titles, which included triple jump indoor-outdoor sweeps in 2009 and a long jump-triple jump outdoor sweep in the same year.

 

 

The Bowerman Advisory Board appointed four of its members to comprise The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee and another four of its members to make up The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee. The committee will release their next women’s update on Thursday, February 11. The three men and three women finalists will be named late June.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the magnificent trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org. Keep up with Bowerman candidates on the USTFCCCA’s weekly results page (http://www.ustfccca.org/weekly-results) and by following the organization’s twitter feed twitter.com/TheBowerman and Facebook page facebook.com/TheBowerman.

 

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION

NAME

YEAR

SCHOOL

EVENTS

HOMETOWN

Marie Louise Asselin

SR

West Virginia

Distance

Sarnia, Ont.

Sheniqua Ferguson

SR

Auburn

Sprints

Nassau, Bahamas

Melissa Gergel

SR

Oregon

Pole Vault

Glenwood, Ill.

Jordan Hasay

SO

Oregon

Sophomore

Arroyo Grande, Calif.

Liz Lawton

SR

Chicago

Distance

North Easton, Mass.

Lauryn Newson

JR

Oregon

Jumps

Richmond, Calif.

Ashton Purvis

FR

Miami (Fla.)

Sprints

Oakland, Calif.

Karen Shump

SO

Oklahoma

Throws

Media, Pa.

Neely Spence

JR

Shippensburg

Distance

Shippensburg, Pa.

Tina Sutej

JR

Arkansas

Pole Vault

Ljubljana, Slovenia

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