Freeman, Jelmini & Carter Added to April Women’s Bowerman Watch List

April 11, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS - The April edition of the Bowerman Women’s Watch List, released Thursday by the Bowerman Watch List Committee features a trio of additions who have made a big impression on the national scene in the opening weeks of the outdoor season.

UCF’s Octavious Freeman, Arizona State’s Anna Jelmini and Stanford’s Kori Carter are new to this month’s Watch List after posting world-leading and collegiate-leading times and marks.

Freeman’s 100/200 double at the Pepsi Florida Relays earned her a Watch List appearance for the first time this season — she received mention on the indoor preseason Watch List — after appearing twice in 2012. She joins teammate and fellow sprinter Aurieyall Scott on the list, marking the first time UCF has simultaneously had two student-athletes on the Watch List.

After runner-up finishes in the NCAA discus in each of the past two seasons, Jelmini appears to be on track for another high finish, if not a win, this season. She is included on the Watch List for the first time since April of 2011.

Carter is a first-time Watch Lister after taking down 2012 Olympic fifth-place finisher Georganne Moline of Arizona in the 400 hurdles on Moline’s home track.

A trio of mainstays appear on the Watchlist in reigning winner Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU, Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett and Oklahoma’s Tia Brooks. Duncan makes her 17th showing, second-most all time behind Brianne Theisen of Oregon. Barrett is on the list for the 15th time, tied with Arkansas’ Tina Sutej and Florida State’s Kim Williams. Brooks is also in double-digits with 11 inclusions.

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, APRIL 2013

(Updated April 10, 2013. Listed in alphabetical order by last name.)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Brigetta Barrett SR Arizona High Jump Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Tia Brooks RS SR Oklahoma Throws Grand Rapids, Mich.
Kori Carter JR Stanford Hurdles Claremont, Calif.
Abbey D’Agostino JR Dartmouth Distance Topsfield, Mass.
Kimberlyn Duncan SR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
Octavious Freeman SO UCF Sprints Lake Wales, Fla.
Andrea Geubelle SR Kansas Jumps University Place, Wash.
Anna Jelmini RS JR Arizona State Throws Bakersfield, Calif.
Brianna Rollins RS JR Clemson Hurdles Miami, Fla.
Aurieyall Scott JR UCF Sprints Greenbelt, Md.

 

QUICKLY – THE WATCH LIST

Brigetta Barrett, Arizona


Courtesy: ArizonaWildcats.com

This Season: Tied for third all-time with 15 appearances on the Watch List with Arkansas’ Tina Sutej and Florida State’s Kim Williams. Has won 26 of 27 high jump events – indoors and outdoors – against collegians dating back to the beginning of the 2012 indoor season, and is undefeated indoors. Won the Stanford Invitational high jump with a clearance of 6-4¼ (1.94m) in her only outdoor high jump of 2013. Won the NCAA Indoor high jump with a collegiate-leading 6-4¾ (1.95m) with only one miss through seven heights. Missed three attempts at the collegiate record at 6-6¼ (1.99m). Cleared a then-collegiate-leading 6-3¼ (1.91m) in her season debut at the Razorback Invitational. Won the MPSF high jump title with a clearance of 6-2 (1.88m). Finished runner-up in the Millrose Games high jump at 6-1½ (1.87m).

 

Tia Brooks, Oklahoma


Courtesy: soonersports.com

This Season: Won her 2013 outdoor debut at the Sun Angel Classic shot put with a mark of 61-5½ (18.73m), the No. 6 outdoor mark in collegiate history, and recorded the No. 8 (61-2/18.64m) and 9 (61-0/18.59m) marks in the same meet. Broke the collegiate shot put record with a mark of 63-¾ (19.22m) en route to win the NCAA Indoor shot put title. Became the first woman in collegiate history to surpass 63 feet, and is now ranked No. 4 all-time among American women and No. 5 in the world for 2013. She bested Laura Gerraughty of North Carolina’s 2004 record of 62-10 (19.15m). With another mark of 62-2½ (18.96m) at the NCAA meet, she now owns three of the five best throws in collegiate history. Has won 12 of 13 shot put events dating back to the 2012 indoor season.

 

Kori Carter, Stanford


Courtesy: GoStanford.com

This Season: Defeated 2012 Olympian Georganne Moline of Arizona in her first 400 hurdles race of the 2013 outdoor season, running a 2½ second personal best 54.71 to Moline’s 54.98. Won the 100 hurdles at the Stanford Invitational in 13.28. Leads all collegians in the 400 hurdles and No. 15 in DI in the 100 hurdles. Won the MPSF Championship at 200 meters during the indoor season and qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60 hurdles.

 

Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth


Courtesy: DartmouthSports.com

This Season: Completed just the third 3000/5000 meters double NCAA Indoor Championship by a woman in the history of the meet, and became the first American woman to do so. Won both events by more than five seconds, running an indoor career-best and world-leading 15:28.11 at 5000 meters and 9:01.08 at 3000 meters. Finished the season ranked with the fastest time at 3000 meters, No. 2 in the mile (4:30.03), No. 3 at 5000 meters and No. 4 at 1000 meters (2:45.42.) Claimed Ivy League Indoor titles in the mile and at 5000 meters. Has won 14 of 16 individual event finals, ranging from the 1500 to the cross country 6k, dating back to the 2012 outdoor season, including the 2012 cross country season, where she finished runner-up at the NCAA Championships.

 

Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU


Courtesy: LSUSports.net

This Season: Second all-time with 17 Watch List appearances. Ranked No. 2 at 100 meters (11.06w at Texas Relays win) and No. 9 at 200 meters at 23.26, with one attempt at each distance in the 2013 outdoor season. Won an NCAA Indoor title at 200 meters in 22.58, the ninth-fastest time in collegiate history, becoming the first sprinter – male or female – to win three straight NCAA titles indoors. Won 21 of her past 22 finals at 200 meters against collegians, edged out only once by fellow Watch Lister Aurieyall Scott of UCF by .04 at the Razorback Invitational. Reclaimed 2013’s fastest collegiate time at 200 meters with her SEC Championship-winning 22.54, placing her fifth on the all-time indoor collegiate performers list and giving her the sixth-fastest time in indoor college history. Unbeaten in finals at 60 meters this season with an SEC Championship and the nation’s second-fastest time at 7.16.

 

Octavious Freeman, UCF


Courtesy: UCFAthletics.com

This Season: Won the Pepsi Florida Relays 100 meters in a world-leading 11.02 (+1.2m/s), placing her No. 7 among all-time collegiate performers with the ninth-fastest wind-legal in-season race in collegiate history. Also won the Florida Relays 200 meters in 22.85, tying her for the 2013 outdoor collegiate lead. Finished third at both 60 and 200 meters during the NCAA Indoor Championships.

 

Andrea Geubelle, Kansas


Courtesy: KUAthletics.com

This Season: Jumped a collegiate-best 45-1¾ (13.76m) at the Texas Relays, and is No. 6 in the long jump at 20-8½ (6.31m), both of which are her only jumps competitions of the 2013 outdoor season. Has won 10 of her last 12 horizontal jumps events between the 2012-13 indoor and outdoor seasons, and 14 of her last 15 in the triple jump against collegians dating back to 2012 indoor. Won NCAA Indoor titles in both the long jump and triple jump, marking the first time since 2003 that double has been completed indoors. Won the triple jump with a collegiate-leading mark of 46-6¼ (14.18m), placing her fourth on the all-time collegiate performers list. She won all four competitions in the indoor long jump this season including wins at the NCAA Championships, Big 12 Championships and the Armory Collegiate Invitational where she posted a collegiate-leading jump of 21-11½ (6.69m), just a quarter inch shy of placing her among the top 10 collegians all-time. Won an individual title in the Big 12 triple jump, recording a mark of 44-3¼ (13.49m).

 

Anna Jelmini, Arizona State


Courtesy: thesundevils.com

This Season: Recorded a collegiate-leading 198-10 (60.61m) in the discus at the Mesa Classic, placing her No. 10 on the all-time collegiate performer list. Owns the top four collegiate throws of the 2013 outdoor season. Finished fifth in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a mark of 56-2 (17.12m).

 

Brianna Rollins, Clemson


Courtesy: ClemsonTigers.com

This Season: Ran the fastest collegiate 100 hurdles time of 2013 with a 12.54 (+2.1m/s) at the Texas Relays, the fifth-fastest all-conditions collegiate performance of all time. Owns five of the top 10 times in collegiate history in the 60 hurdles and the three fastest times in the world this season, including the collegiate record of 7.78. Won an NCAA Indoor title in the 60 hurdles with a 7.79 in the finals, giving her the second-fastest time in collegiate history, and qualified with a time of 7.82, giving her the third-fastest time in collegiate history. Broke the all-time collegiate record in the 60 hurdles in her season debut, scorching to a 7.78 and becoming the first collegiate woman to dip under 7.80. Beat the previous record of 7.84 held by USC’s Virginia Powell since 2006. Has won nine of 10 60 hurdles finals dating back to her individual national championship in 2011. Owns seven of the eight fastest times in the nation this season. Claimed the ACC title in the 60 hurdles by nearly a quarter of a second with a 7.90 in the finals.

 

Aurieyall Scott, UCF


Courtesy: UCFAthletics.com

This Season: Won an NCAA Indoor title at 60 meters in 7.13, and finished runner-up at 200 meters in 22.71. Snapped reigning The Bowerman winner Kimberlyn Duncan’s winning streak of 18 consecutive wins against collegians at 200 meters, defeating her by a slim .04 margin at the Tyson Invitational in a then-nation-leading time of 22.68. Won Conference USA individual championships at 60 and 200 meters to go along with a title in the 4×400 relay, claiming the 60 in a collegiate-leading 7.13, placing her in a tie for fourth all-time among collegiate performers and giving her a share of the fifth-fastest time in collegiate history. Has won six of seven finals this season at both 60 and 200 meters.

 

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Makeba Alcide SR Arkansas Combined Events Castries, St. Lucia
Emma Coburn SR Colorado Distance Crested Butte, Colo.
English Gardner JR Oregon Sprints Voorhees, N.J.
Natoya Goule JR LSU Middle Distance Clarendon, Jamaica
Shaunae Miller FR Georgia Sprints Nassau, Bahamas
Georganne Moline SR Arizona Hurdles Phoenix, Ariz.

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.