Barrett, Theisen Named Bowerman Finalists

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - The 2012 finalists for The Bowerman award was announced today at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore., and site of the 2012 U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials. Among the three women finalists named, two were from the Pac-12, including ARIZONA's Brigetta Barrett and OREGON's Brianne Theisen. Presented by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), the prestigious award is the highest honor given to the most outstanding athletes in collegiate track and field.

A native of Duncanville, Texas, Barrett swept the NCAA high jump titles in the indoor and outdoor seasons, becoming the first woman in NCAA Division I history to claim titles in both seasons in back-to-back years. At the NCAA indoor meet, she cleared 6-5 (1.96m), tied for the seventh-best mark in NCAA history. At the outdoor championships, she won the event with a clearance of 6-4 (1.93m). She also won the Pac-12 high hump title for the second-straight year, with a jump of 6-4.25 (1.94m).

Barrett cleared 6-5.5 (1.97m) at the Razorback Invitational in January, the second-best indoor mark in collegiate history. She went undefeated in in 2012, winning five indoor and seven outdoor events. Barrett has won 17-consecutive collegiate competitions, dating back to 2011. The first-ever Wildcat to be named a finalist for The Bowerman, yesterday, she qualified for the finals of the U.S. Olympic Trials in her discipline.

The Pac-12 Women's Field Athlete of the Year and USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year, Theisen (Humboldt, Saskatchewan) was the NCAA Champion in the pentathlon at the indoor national championships and the national champion in the heptathlon at the outdoor championships in 2012. Both wins were the third in her career in each event. She is tied for fourth on the all-time championships lists among NCAA Division I women track and field athletes.

Theisen scored 6,440 points to win the heptathlon national title in June, the second-best score in collegiate and NCAA meet history. In the pentathlon, she is one of only two athletes all-time to win three titles in the event and set the event-collegiate record twice in 2012. Her heptathlon win at the Pac-12 Championships was the third of her career. Her score of 6,393 set the Conference's all-time mark at the time, and meet record, as well.

Yesterday, Theisen completed the heptathlon at the Canadian Olympic Trials, finishing second to claim a spot on her first Olympic team. Theisen is the first Oregon woman to be named a finalist for The Bowerman award.

Finalists were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board, a 10-person panel of experts in the sport, based on performances recorded during the indoor and outdoor 2012 track and field seasons. Only performances through the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are used for consideration.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony held in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention. The finalists and their families will be invited to take part in the special event that will be held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla., on December 19.

The Bowerman was created in 2009 and is presented annually by the USTFCCCA. For more information, visit the USTFCCCA website at www.ustfccca.org.

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