TEMPE, Ariz.—Arizona State track and field redshirt senior Anna Jelmini has been named to the Preseason Bowerman Watch List, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Thursday.
Jelmini is the reigning NCAA champion in the women’s discus, using a throw of 57.95m (195-01) to claim the title on June 6, 2013 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
So far, Jelmini has earned eight All-America honors in her career and is Arizona State’s 17th All-American in the discus and fourth national champion in the event in program history.
This marks the third time the senior out of Bakersfield, Calif., has been named to the Bowerman Watch List. She was named in a midseason list during her junior campaign, and was also part of a list during her freshman year in 2011.
Joining Jelmini from the Pac-12 Conference are Phyllis Francis and Laura Roesler of Oregon, and Shalaya Kipp of Colorado. Also on the preseason list are Kamaria Brown (Texas A&M), Abbey D’Agostino (Dartmouth), Cory McGee (Florida), Ashley Spencer (Texas), Shanieka Thomas (San Diego State), and Lindsay Vollmer (Kansas).
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.
Clemson’s Brianna Rollins and Indiana’s Derek Drouin 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.