Four Pac-10 Athletes Named Bowerman Award Women's Semifinalists
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The Bowerman Women's Watch Committee in conjunction with the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Tuesday the 10 female semifinalists for the Bowerman. The Bowerman Advisory Board will announce the three finalists on Thursday, July 14. USC senior Nia Ali, ARIZONA sophomore Brigetta Barrett, OREGON sophomore Jordan Hasay and Ducks senior Brianne Theisen are among the semifinalists for collegiate track and field's biggest award.
Ali won the NCAA outdoor 100-meter hurdle title with a wind-aided run of 12.63. She clocked a personal-best time of 12.77 to win the Pac-10 crown and is currently ranked seventh in the world in the event this year. A sixth-place finisher in the high jump at the NCAA Championships, Ali once leapt over six feet this season (6-1.25/1.86m) to finish second at the conference meet behind Arizona's Barrett.
Barrett claimed NCAA high jump titles in both the indoor and outdoor seasons to join six others that have accomplished the same feat, with the most recent being Texas' Destinee Hooker in 2009. Barrett cleared six feet or more in each of her 11 competitions and notched an all-around personal best of 6-4 (1.93m) to win the Pac-10 title. Barrett won 10 of 11 meet crowns in the high jump during both indoor and outdoor seasons.
Hasay won NCAA indoor titles in the mile and 3,000 meters, becoming the fifth overall and the first since Northern Arizona's Johanna Nilsson in 2006 to claim such a double. She also led the Ducks to a runner-up finish in the distance medley relay at the national indoor meet. Outdoors, Hasay finished fourth nationally in the 5,000 meters and eighth in the 1,500 meters.
Theisen twice set the collegiate record in the pentathlon in the 2011 indoor season and won her second-straight NCAA crown in the event. Her score of 4,540 bettered her previous all-time collegiate best mark of 4,507 set in January at the UW Invitational and ranked among the world's top five in the event for the season. Outdoors, Theisen did not compete as a result of injury.