Follett Added to Watch List, Coburn and Thomas Earn Mention Nods

May 5, 2010   

The Bowerman logoNEW ORLEANS – Washington’s Katie Follett was added to The Bowerman women’s watch list The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee announced in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday. In addition, Colorado’s Emma Coburn and LSU’s LaTavia Thomas are on the award’s receiving mention list.

Follett clocked a collegiate-leading 1500-meter time of 4:10.66 in winning at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 17, besting Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler (4:11.06) in a come-from-behind effort. Her time is the best in Division I by over two seconds and is the sixth best in world this year.

Coburn won the 3000-meter steeplechase at the Mt. SAC Relays with the second-best time in the world this year (9:56.29) and ranks as the collegiate leader by over six seconds. LSU’s Thomas is the collegiate leader in the 800 meters, having clocked 2:01.40 at the LSU Alumni Gold on April 16.

Already in the 2010 outdoor season the group of ten on the watch list has accounted for six world-leading marks, four American leaders and nine collegiate leaders. Three collegiate records have been set by the group, including Lisa Koll’s 10,000-meter performance and the collegiate record forged by Texas A&M’s 4×200- and shuttle hurdle relay teams.

The Bowerman Advisory Board appointed four of its members to comprise The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee and another four of its members to make up The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee. The committee will release its next update on Wednesday, May 19, following the collegiate regular season. The three men and three women finalists will be named on July 13. Award winners will be announced at the USTFCCCA Convention, held December 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the recently-debuted trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit Keep up with Bowerman candidates on the USTFCCCA’s weekly results page ( and by following the organization’s twitter feed and Facebook page


(updated May 5, 2010, listed in alphabetical order)

Katie Follett (N) SR Washington Distance Fort Collins, Colo.
Queen Harrison SR Virginia Tech Hurdles Richmond, Va.
Mariam Kevkhisvili SR Florida Throws Tbilisi, Georgia
Lisa Koll SR Iowa State Distance Fort Dodge, Iowa
Gabby Mayo JR Texas A&M Sprints/Hurdles Raleigh, N.C.
Francena McCorory JR Hampton Sprints Hampton, Va.
Blessing Okagbare SR UTEP Jumps/Sprints Umuahi, Nigeria
Brianne Theisen JR Oregon Combined Events Humboldt, Saskatchewan
Kim Williams JR Florida State Jumps Kingston, Jamaica
Phoebe Wright SR Tennessee Mid-Distance Signal Mountain, Tenn.


Also Receiving Mention (23)

Joanna Atkins JR Auburn Sprints Stone Mountain, Ga.
Jessica Beard JR Texas A&M Sprints Euclid, Ohio
Angela Bizzarri SR Illinois Distance Mason, Ohio
Marie Borner SR Bethel (Minn.) Distance Hastings, Minn.
Charlotte Browning JR/SR Florida Distance Pulborough, England
Kristi Castlin SR Virginia Tech Hurdles Douglasville, Ga.
Emma Coburn (N) SO Colorado Distance Crested Butte, Colo.
Lacey Cramer SO BYU Mid-Distance Cedar Hills, Utah
Shaniqua Ferguson JR Auburn Sprints Nassau, Bahamas
Semoy Hackett SO Lincoln (Mo.) Sprints Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago
Jordan Hasay FR Oregon Distance Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Kylie Hutson SR Indiana State Pole Vault Terre Haute, Ind.
Amber Kaufman (D) SR Hawaii Jumps San Jose, Calif.
Porscha Lucas SR Texas A&M Sprints Plano, Texas
Brenda Martinez SR UC Riverside Mid-Distance Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Liz Patterson SR Arizona High Jump Rowlett, Texas
Barbara Pierre SR Saint Augustine’s Sprints Winter Haven, Fla.
Jessica Pixler SR Seattle Pacific Distance Sammamish, Wash.
Shara Proctor SR Florida Jumps The Valley, Anguilla
Shelia Reid JR Villanova Distance Newmarket, Ontario
Alicia Rue SR Minnesota Pole Vault Plymouth, Minn.
April Sinkler RS SO Clemson Combined Events Stafford, Va.
LaTavia Thomas (N) SR LSU Mid-Distance Philadelphia, Pa.

(N) new to either list, (D) demoted from watch list



Katie Follett, Sr., Washington,
Distance, Fort Collins, Colo., Fort Collins HS

OUTDOOR: Clocked a collegiate-leading 1500-meter time of 4:10.66 in winning at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 17, besting Seattle Pacific’s Jessica Pixler (4:11.06) in a come-from-behind effort … her time is the best in Division I by over two seconds and is the sixth best in world this year.

INDOOR: Won runner-up honors in the Mile at the NCAA Championships with a 4:36.39 performance … finished third at the MPSF Championships in the same event … season-best of 4:34.98 (OT) happened at the Husky Invite  on February 13.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
1500m Mar 26 4:15.04 2 Stanford Inv Palo Alto, Calif.
Apr 10 4:17.02 1 Pepsi Team Inv Eugene, Ore.
Apr 17 4:10.66 1 CL, PB Mt. SAC Relays Walnut, Calif.


Follett with Flotrack after taking Mt. SAC 1500 meters

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Queen Harrison, Sr., Virginia Tech,
Hurdles, Richmond, Va., Hermitage HS

OUTDOOR: Harrison has the started the outdoor season with a bang, compling a world- and collegiate-leading 12.61 in the 100-meter hurdles in winning at the Penn Relays … Harrison won the ACC title in the sprint hurdles with a wind-aided (5.3 m/s) 12.44, the best ever time by a collegian in all conditions … Harrison also tallied an ACC title in the 400-meter hurdles with a collegiate-leading 54.66, a time that also ranks second in the world this year.

INDOOR: Harrison completed a fantastic collegiate season with an NCAA title in the 60-meter hurdles, clocking 7.95 in the final and winning by six hundredths of a second … Harrison was the only collegian in 2010 to run under eight seconds in the event, and did so a total of five times … Harrison’s collegiate-leading and personal-best mark of 7.94 came in winning the ACC crown … The 7.94 also placed Harrison as the sixth-best performer in collegiate history … Harrison was a double winner at the ACCs, capturing victory in the 400 meters with a personal-best 53.06 time.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
100mH Mar 20 13.01 w: 0.5 1 Hurricane Inv Coral Gables, Fla.
Mar 27 13.10 w: 1.9 1 Yellow Jacket Atlanta, Ga.
Apr 2 12.65 w: 1.5 1 FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 16 12.82w w: 2.2 q ACC Clemson, S.C.
Apr 17 12.44W w: 5.3 1 [all-cond. CR] ACC Clemson, S.C.
Apr 23 12.46w w: 3.1 q Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
Apr 24 12.61 w: 1.1 1 WL, AmL, CL, PB Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
400mH Apr 2 56.06 1 FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 16 56.89 q ACC Clemson, S.C.
Apr 17 54.66 1 CL, SB ACC Clemson, S.C.
4×400 Apr 3 3:33.15 lead-off 3/2s1 FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 17 3:36.50 lead-off 2 ACC Clemson, S.C.


Flotrack video of Harrison’s 12.65 hurdle race at Florida Relays

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Mariam Kevkhisvili, Sr., Florida,
Throws, Tbilisi, Georgia, Varketili Secondary

OUTDOOR: Collegiate-leading mark of 60-6¾ (18.46m) was claimed in winning at the Tom Jones Memorial … the Gator is undefeated this season and has now won 16 collegiate competitions in a row, dating back to 2008.

INDOOR: Kevkhisvili won her second-consecutive NCAA indoor shot put crown and third overall with a personal best of 61-0 (18.59m) … The distance is also a national record for her home country of the Republic of Georgia and places her as the third-best performer all-time in the collegiate ranks … At the SEC Championships, Kevkhisvili broke her own SEC meet record in winning the conference crown for the second-straight year.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
SP Apr 3 17.94m 58-10¼ 1 FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 17 18.46m 60-6¾ 1 CL, PB Tom Jones Inv Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 23 18.17m 59-7½ 1 Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.


Kevkhisvili on GatorVision Online Following SEC Indoor Championships

Lisa Koll, Sr., Iowa State,
Distance, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Fort Dodge HS

OUTDOOR: Opened the season with a collegiate record clocking of 31:18.07 in the 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational, topping the previous mark of 31:25.45 set by Texas Tech’s Sally Kipyego in 2008 … on May 1, Koll posted a 15:17.76 collegiate-leading time over 5000 meters in placing fourth overall and as the first collegiate at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, again at Stanford … anchored DMR team with a 4:31.8, 1600-meter split to a Drake Relays title.

INDOOR: Koll won her first NCAA indoor crown with a 15:39.65 run at 5000 meters and beat the field by more than 10 seconds … Koll nearly pulled off the NCAA distance double, but was outdueled by Illinois’ Angela Bizzarri in the 3000 meters by just 12 hundredths of a second to take runner-up honors (8:57.52) … Koll claimed double Big 12 Championship titles and double collegiate-best marks of the season at the conference meet in Ames … Combining times on 200 meter and oversized tracks, Koll would be the fifth-best collegiate performer all-time in the 5000m and sixth-best all-time in the 3000m from times recorded at the Big 12 meet.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
5000m May 1 15:17.76 4 [1c] CL, PB Cardinal Inv Palo Alto, Calif.
10k Mar 26 31:18.07 1 CR, WL, AmL, CL, PB Stanford Inv Palo Alto, Calif.
4×1600 Apr 23 19:14.80 anchor 3 (4:42.4 split) Drake Relays Des Moines, Iowa
DMR Apr 24 11:08.64 anchor 1 (4:31.8 split/1600m) Drake Relays Des Moines, Iowa


Flotrack interview with Koll after running 5000 meters at Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational

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Gabby Mayo, Jr., Texas A&M,
Sprints/Hurdles, Raleigh, N.C., Southeast HS

OUTDOOR: In the collegiate top three in the 100 meters with an equal personal best of 11.13 claimed in winning the Texas Relays title … anchor of the Aggies’ 4×100-meter relay that clocked 42.56 in winning the Texas Relays … the 42.56 is just off the collegiate record (42.36) set by Mayo as anchor at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships … also was the second leg of the Aggie 4×200-meter relay (1:29.42) and of the Aggie shuttle hurdle relay (52.50) that notched collegiate record times in earning additional titles at the Penn Relays.

INDOOR: Scored 12 points at the NCAA Indoor Championships … at NCAA’s, she grabbed runner-up honors in the 60-meter dash by a small margin to UTEP’s Blessing Okagbare with a tied-collegiate-leading time of 7.18 and added a fifth-place showing in the 60-meter hurdles (8.12) … claimed Big 12 titles in the 60 and 60 hurdles, clocking a personal best 8.05 in the conference final of the 60 hurdles.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
100m Mar 27 11.27 w: 1.9 2 AzSt Inv Tempe, Ariz.
Apr 2 11.28w w: 3.5 q/1h8 TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 3 11.13 w: 2.0 1 =PB TexasR Austin, Texas
200m May 1 23.22 w: 1.7 3 SB Texas Inv Austin, Texas
100mH Apr 10 13.10 w: 1.1 1 SB Pepsi Team Eugene, Ore.
4×100 Mar 20 44.20 anchor 1 Carolina Sprng Carolina, Puerto Rico
Mar 27 43.62 anchor 1 AzSt Inv Tempe, Ariz.
Apr 2 43.76 anchor q/1h1 TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 3 42.56 anchor 1 WL, AmL, CL TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 10 43.89 anchor 1 Pepsi Team Eugene, Ore.
Apr 22 43.13 anchor q Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
Apr 23 43.09 anchor 1 Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
4×200 Apr 24 1:29.42 second-leg 1 CR, WL, AmL Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
SHR Apr 23 52.50 second-leg 1 CR, WL Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.


Mayo speaks with Flotrack following 11.13 win at the Texas Relays

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Francena McCorory, Jr., Hampton,
Sprints, Hampton, Va., Bethel HS

OUTDOOR: Holds the second-best collegiate time for 200 meters this season with a 22.92 run in winning the Florida Relays.

INDOOR: McCorory floored those watching the NCAA Indoor Championships by winning her second-straight national indoor title at 400 meters with an American-, collegiate-, and meet-record clocking of 50.54 … The time also ended the 2010 indoor season as the World-leading mark … McCorory became the third two-time winner of the event, joining Maciel Malone of Arizona State (1990-91-92) and Suziann Reid of Texas (1998-99) … At the MEAC Championships, McCorory claimed titles in the 400- and 200-meter events, placed fourth in the 60 and lead her team to a 4×400-meter relay crown for a total of 27½ team points.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
200m Apr 2 22.92 w: 0.3 1/1h1 FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
4×100 Apr 24 44.90 second-leg prelim SB Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
4×200 Apr 2 1:34.12 lead-off 4/3h1 SB FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 23 1:34.29 lead-off 6 Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
4×400 Mar 27 3:39.97 anchor 2/2h1 SB UCF Inv Orlando, Fla.
SMR Apr 2 4:01.20 lead-off 8/3h1 SB FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.


Francena McCorory with Flotrack after 400-meter prelims at NCAA Championships

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Blessing Okagbare, Sr., UTEP,
Jumps/Sprints, Umuahi, Nigeria, Delta State

OUTDOOR: At the Texas Relays, Okagbare stole the show, notching a collegiate-leading mark of 22-7 (6.88m) in the long jump and adding a title in the 100-meter dash with an all-conditions collegiate-leader of 11.10 … history certainly could have been made at the UTEP Invitational on April 10, but a timing malfunction only allowed for a hand time of Okagbare’s 100-meter run that was on the stopwatch at 10.7h.

INDOOR: Okagbare was the NCAA Indoor Champion in both the 60-meter dash and long jump … Okagbare matched former Texas great Marshevet Hooker (2006) as a sprint-jump double national champ … In the long jump, Okagbare topped the former championships record twice, leaping to 22-5¼ (6.84m) in the second round and followed with a 22-6½ (6.87m) mark in the third to win the event by seven inches … In the 60-meter dash, Okagbare clocked a 7.18 in the final to match her collegiate-best of the season set previously in the heats of the Conference USA Championships … At the conference championships, Okagbare claimed crowns in four events, adding titles in the 200 meters and triple jump to go with the 60 and long jump … Okagbare ended the season ranked among the collegiate top five in all four events and second in the world in the long jump … Among indoor collegians all-time, Okagbare ranks tied for second in the long jump.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
100m Apr 3 11.10w w: 2.3 1 CL (AC), PB (AC) TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 10 10.7hA w: 1.3 1 UTEP Inv El Paso, Texas
200m Mar 27 23.23A w: 1.6 1 PB UTEP Spring El Paso, Texas
LJ Apr 2 6.88m 22-7, w: 1.9 1 CL, SB TexasR Austin, Texas
4×100 Mar 27 45.08 anchor 1 UTEP Spring El Paso, Texas
Apr 2 45.55 anchor 7q/2h2 TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 3 44.54 anchor 3 TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 23 44.71 anchor 1q/1h1 Drake Relays Des Moines, Iowa
Apr 24 44.45 anchor 1 SB Drake Relays Des Moines, Iowa


Blessing Okagbare talks to Flotrack after 60-meter, long jump double win at NCAAs

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Brianne Theisen, Jr., Oregon,
Combined Events, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Humboldt Collegiate Institute

OUTDOOR: Despite some windy conditions, Theisen scored an all-conditions collegiate leader of 5,942 in winning the heptathlon at the Texas Relays.

INDOOR: Theisen added the NCAA pentathlon title holder to her resume after scoring a personal best of 4,396 in the competition that she won by more than 150 points … As a result of three personal individual-event personal bests, Theisen now ranks fourth among collegians all-time in the event … Earlier in the year, Theisen scored 4,198 points at the Texas A&M Challenge in January in a winning effort … Among the pentathlon’s five events, Theisen claimed personal bests in four of the events … Theisen finished third in the 60-meter hurdles at the MSPF Championships.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
HEPT Mar 31-Apr 1 5,942w 1 CL (AC) TexasR Austin, Texas
( 13.69w – 1.80m [5-10¾] – 12.62m [41-5] – 24.24w / 5.87mW – 39.35m [19-3¼] – 2:19.78 )
100mH May 1 13.61 w: 0.8 1 SB OregonR Eugene, Ore.
HJ Mar 31 1.80m 5-10¾ H oPB TexasR Austin, Texas
SP Mar 31 12.62m 41-5 H oPB TexasR Austin, Texas
200m Mar 31 24.24w w: 3.5 H TexasR Austin, Texas
LJ Apr 1 5.86m 19-2¾, w: 1.1 3 SB OregonR Eugene, Ore.
JAV Apr 1 43.05m 141-3 4 SB Pepsi Team Eugene, Ore.
800m Apr 1 2:19.78 H SB TexasR Austin, Texas


Theisen talks to Flotrack after Texas Relays heptathlon

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Kim Williams, Jr., Florida State,
Jumps, Kingston, Jamaica, Vere Technical

OUTDOOR: Recorded a collegiate-leading triple jump in winning the Seminole Invitational on April 10 with a mark of 44-4½ (13.52m) … winner of the triple jump at the ACC Championships with a heavily wind-aided mark of 44-2½ (13.47m).

INDOOR: Williams notched her second-consecutive NCAA indoor triple jump title with a mark of 45-9¼ (13.95m) … Williams joined Yvette Bates of Southern California (1986-87-88), Leah Kirklin of Florida (1991-92), Telisa Young of Texas (1993-94) and Erica McClain of Stanford (2007-08) as two-time winners of the event … Williams also took fifth place in the long jump at the national championships … Earlier in the season, Williams notched a new collegiate-leading triple jump of 46-8¼ (14.24m) in winning the ACC title, a mark that placed her just two centimeters shy of the collegiate record held by Suzette Lee of LSU (46-9, 14.25m) … The mark also ended the season as the national-leading mark for Jamaica … Williams was runner-up at the ACC meet in the long jump and as well.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
LJ Apr 9 5.93m 19-5½, w: 0.5 1 SB Seminole Inv Tallahassee, Fla.
Apr 16 5.92m 19-5¼, w: -1.2 7 ACC Clemson, S.C.
TJ Apr 10 13.52m 44-4½, w: 0.2 1 CL, SB Seminole Inv Tallahassee, Fla.
Apr 17 13.38m 43-10¾, w: 1.8 (r3) ACC Clemson, S.C.
Apr 17 13.47mW 44-2½, w: 6.3 1 ACC Clemson, S.C.

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Phoebe Wright, Sr., Tennessee,
Mid-Distance, Signal Mountain, Tenn., Red Bank HS

OUTDOOR: Helped the Lady Vols to a Penn Relays distance trifecta for the second-straight year, anchoring Tennessee’s 4×800-meter relay with a 2:00.89 split and the 4×1500-meter relay with a 4:17.3 split … Wright ran the 800-meter third leg in the DMR with a 2:02.12 split for the other relays title … also notched wins at the Florida State Relays 800 meters (2:05.98) and at the Florida Relays in the 1500 meters (4:18.29) … her 800-meter time this season is No. 2 on the 2010 outdoor collegiate list.

INDOOR: Wright claimed her first NCAA indoor 800-meter title with a run of 2:02.55, a day after guiding the Lady Vols to their third-straight NCAA crown in the distance medley relay … Wright has been a part of each of the DMR wins by Tennessee over the past three years (lead off twice, 800-meter leg in 2008), and lead off this year’s team to a 3:22.21 split and a two-second lead … Wright was the collegiate leader by a substancial margin for the entire season, starting with a 2:04.00 run in late January … Wright bested her that time twice, clocking a 2:02.84 at Texas A&M in mid-February and running her personal best of 2:01.47 in winning the SEC title for the second-straight time … Only Tennessee’s Nicole Cook (2:00.75) has had a faster indoor run among collegians all-time … Shortly after winning the SEC 800m crown, Wright lead-off her SEC Champ DMR team to a 3:29.58, 1200-meter split.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
800m Mar 26 2:05.98 1 SB FlaSt Relays Tallahassee, Fla.
1500m Apr 2 4:18.29 1 FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 9 4:15.66 1 PB SeaRay Relays Knoxville, Tenn.
4×400 Apr 10 3:36.34 anchor 2 SeaRay Relays Tallahassee, Fla.
4×800 Apr 24 8:18.22 anchor 1 (split 2:00.89) Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
4×1500 Apr 23 17:14.91 anchor 1 (split 4:17.3) Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
DMR Apr 22 10:54.65 third leg 1 (split 2:02.12/800m) Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.


Flotrack talks to Phoebe Wright and DMR teammates after Penn Relays win

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