May 21, 2015
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. –
Alabama senior sprinterRemona Burchellhas been named to the final women’s Watch List before the NCAA first rounds for the 2015 Bowerman Trophy, collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday afternoon.
A finalist for The 2014 Bowerman, Burchell has been dominant in the sprints this year, becoming the fastest collegiate woman to run the 60-meter dash. At the SEC Indoor Championships, the senior dominated the field to win her first conference championship in an Alabama uniform. She edged the previous collegiate record (7.09) as well, running 7.08 in the finals. The senior also successfully defended her 60-meter NCAA title at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, running 7.11 to take home the crown for the second time in her collegiate career.
Burchell (Montego Bay, Jamaica) opened the 2015 outdoor season with an impressive 100-meter dash, recording a time of 11.04 at the Pepsi Florida Relays on April 3. That time ranks her eighth in the world this year heading into next week’s NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary. She also earned a silver medal in the 100-meter dash at the SEC Outdoor Championships after running a 11.31 on a wet track, just a hundredth of a second away from the gold. She is also on track to defend her NCAA title in the event later this season.
In addition, Alabama sophomore Quanesha Burks is among those receiving votes for the latest Bowerman watch list. Burks, the 2015 SEC long jump champion, is ranked fifth in the world in the long jump with a school-record leap of 22 feet, five and one-quarter inch at the SEC Championships.The mark is the second-best jump by an American in 2015 and the best by over half a foot in the collegiate ranks.
The next watch list is slated for release on Thursday, June 4. Below (listed alphabetically by last name) are the 10 members of the The Bowerman’s Post-Regular Season Women’s Watch List, including others who received votes but did not make the top 10.
|Erica Bougard||Sr.||Mississippi State||Multis||Byhalia, Miss.|
|Remona Burchell||Sr.||Alabama||Sprints||Montego Bay, Jamaica|
|Kendra Harrison||Sr.||Kentucky||Hurdles||Clayton, N.C.|
|Natoya Goule||Sr.||Clemson||Mid-distance||Clarendon, Jamaica|
|Sandi Morris||Sr.||Arkansas||Pole vault||Greenville, S.C.|
|Courtney Okolo||Jr.||Texas||Sprints||Carrollton, Texas|
|Demi Payne||Jr.||Stephen F. Austin||Pole vault||New Braunfels, Texas|
|Jenna Prandini||Jr.||Oregon||Sprints/Jumps||Clovis, Calif.|
|Jeannelle Scheper||Sr.||South Carolina||High jump||Gros-Islet, Saint Lucia|
|Shelbi Vaughan||Jr.||Texas A&M||Throws||Mansfield, Texas|
Also Receiving Votes: Morolake Akinosun (Texas), Quanesha Burks (Alabama), Courtney Frerichs (UMKC), Kyra Jefferson (Florida), Leah O’Connor (Michigan State), Keturah Orji (Georgia), Irena Sediva (Virginia Tech), Emily Sisson (Providence)
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