Texas Girls’s observe and area athletes make Bowerman Watch Checklist

In collegiate observe and area, there may be not an A-list. 

As an alternative, there’s the B-list, or The Bowerman Watch Checklist, which names the highest 10 female and male athletes throughout all occasions throughout every month of the season.

Texas Girls’s observe and area athletes Ackelia Smith, Rhasidat Adeleke and Julien Alfred labored their approach on to the 2023 Girls’s Pre-NCAA Outside Championships Bowerman’s Watch Checklist, making Texas the seventh program within the Watch Checklist’s historical past to have three or extra ladies on the identical checklist. 

Junior sprinter Adeleke and sophomore jumper Smith debuted on the checklist this 12 months. Adeleke was on the checklist 4 instances on and off this season, whereas Smith made the checklist for the primary time within the Pre-NCAA revision. 

Graduate scholar and sprinter Alfred has made the checklist 11 instances, courting again to 2020. 

Nevertheless, the top purpose is extra than simply making the checklist. The Bowerman is probably the most prestigious collegiate observe and area honor given to the highest man and girl within the sport yearly. 

The Bowerman Advisory Board, composed of NCAA collegiate directors, media personnel and observe and area statisticians, chooses the winner of the Bowerman after an 11-month evaluate course of.

All three Texas ladies achieved a lot this 12 months, from breaking data to contributing to a Texas crew championship win. 

Smith jumped 6.73 meters to interrupt the quantity two all-time indoor report in her first lengthy leap of the season, profitable the Commonwealth Faculty Opener. The Jamaican sophomore jumped even additional on the NCAA Outside Championships at 6.88 meters, profitable gold. 

On the indoor championship, Smith turned the primary Longhorn to complete within the high three in each the lengthy leap and triple leap on the similar championship. She once more positioned within the high three in each occasions on the out of doors championship.

 Adeleke’s 400-meter time of 49.20 seconds gave her a private greatest and a meet report on the NCAA Outside Championships. Moreover, Adeleke turned the eighth Longhorn to win the 400-meter at nationals and the primary Irish victor within the NCAA since 2006. 

Adeleke and Alfred additionally achieved collegiate data on the Texas Relays. The relay crew clocked 42.0 seconds for the 4×100 meter, which Texas has since damaged. Each ladies set the collegiate report for the 4×200 meter at 1:28:05 minutes and the dash medley relay at 3:36:10 minutes. 

Alfred additionally earned many particular person accolades this 12 months, together with the Huge 12 Outside Performer of the Week thrice, USTFCCCA Nationwide Athlete of the Week 4 instances and USTFCCCA Nationwide Girls’s Indoor Monitor Athlete of the Yr. 

Final 12 months, Alfred turned a Bowerman Semifinalist and was certainly one of 4 ladies to look on all eight of the Bowerman Watch Lists this 12 months. 

After the three ladies’s performances on the NCAA Outside Championship, they every have an excellent probability of reaching the Bowerman semifinalist spherical, if not additional.