Brooks, Freeman Garner Spots on The Bowerman Women’s Watch List

February 2, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – Oklahoma redshirt junior Tia Brooks and UCF freshman Octavious Freeman were named to the latest update of The Bowerman women’s watch list on Wednesday. Brooks is the collegiate leader in the shot put as the only this season to throw for over 60 feet this season. Freeman, within the first two collegiate meets of her career, has clocked the collegiate-leading 60-meter time of 7.23 seconds.

Brooks (Grand Rapids, Mich.) marked a collegiate-leading put of 60-8 (18.49m) two weekends ago at Oklahoma’s JD Martin Duals for the victory. In addition, the mark moved her to fifth on the all-time collegiate indoor performers list.

Freeman (Lake Wales, Fla.) notched a collegiate-leading, season’s best of 7.23 seconds in the 60 meters to finish as the top collegian at the Auburn Invitational two weekends ago. She was also the winner of the VT Invitational 60 meters in 7.27 the week prior. Through two meets and four rounds, Freeman has clocked 7.27 or better on three occasions this year.

It is the first time Brooks or Freeman has landed on the Watch List.

For this update, new to the “also receiving mention” list – a group of great athletes just outside of the Watch List’s ten – are Clemson freshman Dezerea Bryant, Washington sophomore Katie Flood, Southern Illinois’s Jeneva McCall, Academy of Art’s Vashti Thomas, and Stony Brook’s Lucy Van Dalen.

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2012 WOMEN

(updated February 2, 2012, listed in alphabetical order)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Brigetta Barrett JR Arizona Jumps Duncanville, Texas
Tia Brooks RS JR Oklahoma Throws Grand Rapids, Mich.
Emma Coburn SR Colorado Distance Crested Butte, Colo.
Kimberlyn Duncan JR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
Octavious Freeman FR UCF Sprints Lake Wales, Fla.
Jordan Hasay JR Oregon Distance Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Anne Kesselring JR Oregon Middle Distance Nürnberg, Germany
Sheila Reid SR Villanova Distance Newmarket, Ont.
Tina Sutej SR Arkansas Pole Vault Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brianne Theisen SR Oregon Combined Events Humboldt, Sask.

 

QUICKLY – The Watch List in 2012

Brigetta Barrett, Arizona – Barrett is so far two-for-two in the victories department this season in the high jump. But, more impressively she cleared 6-5½ (1.97m) on the way to winning the Razorback Invitational’s event. The leap is just one centimeter (half inch) from the collegiate record set in 2009 by Destinee Hooker. Barrett took attempts at 6-6¾ (2.00m) but missed all three. Barrett is the current American leader in the high jump and ranks second in the world for the year.

Tia Brooks, Oklahoma – Brooks is the collegiate leader in the shot put as the only this season to throw for over 60 feet this season, having marked a put of 60-8 (18.49m) two weekends ago at Oklahoma’s JD Martin Duals for the victory. In addition, the mark moved her to fifth on the all-time collegiate indoor performers list. Brooks in the American-leader in the shot put and No. 6 in the world in 2012.

Emma Coburn, Colorado – Has yet to compete.

Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU – Duncan is the collegiate leader in the 200 meters, having recorded a time of 23.25 last weekend as the event’s top collegian at the Razorback Invitational – a time that ranks No. 2 in the world so far this year. Duncan was the winner of the 200 at the dual at Texas A&M.

Octavious Freeman, UCF – Freeman, within the first two collegiate meets of her career, has clocked the collegiate-leading 60-meter time of 7.23 seconds set at the Auburn Invitational two weekends ago. She was also the winner of the VT Invitational 60 meters in 7.27 the week prior. Through two meets and four rounds, Freeman has clocked 7.27 or better on three occasions this year.

Jordan Hasay, Oregon – Winner of the Mile at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge last weekend with a time of 4:37.29. Last weekend she also ran the anchor leg with a 4:35.75 split in leading Oregon’s DMR to victory. The DMR’s time of 10:56.331 is the second-best collegiate time in 2012 and the eighth-best legal time (non-oversized track) of all time. Hasay currently ranks No. 5 in the world in the Mile.

Anne Kesselring, Oregon – Last weekend at the Texas A&M Mondo Challenge, Kesselring opened the season with a 2:05.77 clocking in the 800 meters, taking second to Tennessee’s Chanelle Price. However, the great accomplishment of the weekend was her contribution as the opening 1200-meter leg, split at 3:20.69, of the Ducks’ DMR that clocked 10:56.31 – the second-best collegiate time this season so far and the eighth all-time best.

Sheila Reid, Villanova – Has yet to compete.

Tina Sutej, Arkansas – Sutej has won two meets so far this season in the pole vault, continuing her indoor winning streak that now spans nine meets and dates back to beginning of the 2011 season. Her best clearance of the season for the collegiate-record holder came last weekend at the Razorback Invitational where she went over the bar at 14-7¼ (4.45m).

Brianne Theisen, Oregon – Theisen started the 2012 indoor season exactly the same she finished the 2011 indoor season – with a collegiate record in the pentathlon. Last weekend at Texas A&M’s Mondo Challenge, Theisen scored 4,555 points to top her own collegiate record of 4,540 set last year in winning the NCAA title. For Theisen, her last three pentathlons have been collegiate-record breaking performances. In last weekend’s pentathlon, Theisen also cleared 6-2 (1.88m) in the high jump – a performance that ranks second among all collegians so far this season. Theisen’s 4,555 also broke the Canadian record of 4,550 that was set in 1982 and ranks No. 2 in the world for 2012.

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Tori Bowie SR Southern Miss Jumps/Sprints Sandhill, Miss.
Dezerea Bryant FR Clemson Sprints Milwaukee, Wis.
Katie Flood SO Washington Distance Des Moines, Iowa
Semoy Hackett SR LSU Sprints Trinidad & Tobago
Ryann Krais SR Kansas State Combined Events Eagleville, Pa.
Julie Labonte JR Arizona Throws Ste-Justine, Quebec
Lindsay Lettow SR Central Missouri Combined Events Urbandale, Iowa
Jeneva McCall SR Southern Illinois Throws Dolton, Ill.
Abigail Schaffer SR Moravian Pole Vault Easton, Pa.
Vashti Thomas RS JR Academy of Art Hurdles/Jumps San Jose, Calif.
Lucy Van Dalen SR Stony Brook Distance Wanganui, N.Z.

 

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