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Walker's Pace: Theisen, Gardner Make Bowerman Semis

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

NCAA champions Brianne Theisen and English Gardner have been named semifinalists for the 2012 Bowerman Award.

The two Ducks were joined by eight other collegians on the 10-person semifinal list.

The three finalists will be named July 13.

From the USTFCCCA's official release:

NEW ORLEANS - The awarding of The Bowerman - collegiate track & field's top award - is entering its final stages for the 2012 season. On Tuesday, the award's Women's Watch List committee announced this year's semifinalists - they are: Arizona's Brigetta Barrett, Oklahoma's Tia Brooks, Southern Miss' Ganna Demydova, LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan, Oregon's English Gardner, TCU's Whitney Gipson, Ohio State's Christina Manning, Southern Illinois' Jeneva McCall, Illinois' Ashley Spencer, and Oregon's Brianne Theisen.

With the collegiate season complete, the semifinalists will be evaluated by the ten-person Bowerman Advisory Board and three finalists will be named from the semifinalist group on Friday, June 29. The winner of The Bowerman will be announced on December 19 in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The three finalists will be invited to take part in the award ceremony.

Three on this year's list are semifinalist veterans. Oregon's Brianne Theisen has made Bowerman history in becoming the first person to be listed as a semifinalist three times. LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan and Arizona's Brigetta Barrett are making their second-straight appearance as a semifinalist. Duncan was a finalist for the award in 2011.

Illinois' Ashley Spencer is the first women in award history to be named a semifinalist as a freshman. Spencer won the 400 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, becoming the first frosh to do so since Texas' Sanya Richards (2003).

Arizona's Barrett and Oregon's Gardner and Theisen helped the Pac-12 lead all leagues with three semifinalists, the Big Ten followed with two (Illinois' Spencer and Ohio State's Manning). Seven leagues are represented on the women's semifinalist list. The Pac-12 leads in all-time women's semifinalist appearances with nine and are followed by the SEC (5) and Big 12 (5). TCU's Gipson gives the Mountain West Conference their first-ever showing on the women's semifinalist list.

Oregon leads in all-time semifinalists with five.


(listed in alphabetical order)

Brigetta Barrett JR Arizona Jumps Duncanville, Texas
Tia Brooks RS JR Oklahoma Throws Grand Rapids, Mich.
Ganna Demydova SR Southern Miss Jumps Nikolayev, Ukraine
Kimberlyn Duncan JR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
English Gardner SO Oregon Sprints Voorhees, N.J.
Whitney Gipson SR TCU Sprints/Jumps Newark, Texas
Christina Manning SR Ohio State Sprints/Hurdles Waldorf, Md.
Jeneva McCall SR Southern Illinois Throws Dolton, Ill.
Ashley Spencer FR Illinois Sprints/Hurdles Indianapolis, Ind.
Brianne Theisen SR Oregon Combined Events Humboldt, Sask.

English Gardner, Oregon
Gardner, the Pac-12 Track Athlete of the Year, was a double winner in 2012, claiming NCAA titles in the indoor 60 meters and outdoor 100 meters. The last to complete such a double was UTEP's Blessing Okagbare, a 2010 finalist for The Bowerman. In addition, Gardner grabbed an additional national crown as she led off the Ducks' victorious 4x400 at the NCAA outdoor meet with a 51.1 split.

As part of an undefeated season in finals for the 100, Gardner claimed the NCAA title in a season's best 11.10, six hundredths of a second ahead of LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan. Gardner clocked an all-conditions, wind-aided season best of 11.00 to win the Pac-12 title for the second-consecutive year.

She also led the Ducks to the 4x100 title at the Pac-12 Championship and was a member of the squad that took fourth nationally in the event at the NCAA meet.

Indoors, Gardner won the NCAA 60-meter title with a 2012 collegiate-best time of 7.12. In the meet's preliminary, Gardner matched her then-collegiate-leading time of 7.17. Gardner's 7.12 places her third on the all-time collegiate performers list in the event, behind only Lakya Brookins and Angela Williams (7.09). Gardner ran 7.20 or better in the 60 on four occasions during the 2012 indoor season.

Brianne Theisen, Oregon
Theisen - the first three-time semifinalist in The Bowerman history - added two more NCAA titles to her trophy case this season by again winning national crowns in the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon. It was Theisen's third claim to national glory in both events. Among NCAA Division I women, Theisen is now tied for fourth on the all-time championship-titles list, including relays and across both indoor and outdoor track & field. She only trails Texas' Carlette Guidry (12), Texas' Suziann Reid (10), and Wisconsin's Suzy Favor (9) in career national crowns.

Indoors, Theisen won the national crown with 4,536 points, joining Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson (2006-07-08) as the only other three-time champion in the event.

Outdoors, she won with a personal best and second-best score in collegiate and NCAA meet history - 6,440 points, joining Houston's Jolanda Jones (1986-87, 1989) and Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson (2004, 2006-07-08) as a three-time heptathlon titlists. Theisen used personal bests in the 100 hurdles (13.30), shot put (42-4¾, 12.92m), long jump (20-7¼, 6.28m), and javelin (152-2, 46.38m) to compile her winning score.

In January, at Texas A&M's Mondo Challenge, Theisen broke her own collegiate record in the pentathlon for the third time with a tally of 4,555. In that event's high jump portion, Theisen cleared 6-2 (1.88m) in the high jump and finished the season tied for second among all collegians with that mark. Theisen's 4,555 also broke the Canadian record of 4,550 that was set in 1982.

The Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Year, she won the Pac-12 title in the heptathlon (6,353) for the third time.

Theisen was named the USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year.


Winner: Jenny Barringer, Colorado
Finalist: Destinee Hooker, Texas
Finalist: Porscha Lucas, Texas A&M
(semifinalists were not named in 2009)

Winner: Queen Harrison, Virginia Tech
Finalist: Lisa Koll, Iowa State
Finalist: Blessing Okagbare, UTEP
Christian Taylor, Florida
Semoy Hackett, Lincoln (Mo.)
Kylie Hutson, Indiana State
Mariam Kevkhishvili, Florida
Porscha Lucas, Texas A&M
Francena McCorory, Hampton
Brianne Theisen, Oregon
Phoebe Wright, Tennessee

Winner: Jessica Beard, Texas A&M
Finalist: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
Finalist: Tina Sutej, Arkansas
Nia Ali, Southern California
Brigetta Barrett, Arizona
Emma Coburn, Colorado
Jordan Hasay, Oregon
Sheila Reid, Villanova
Jeneba Tarmoh, Texas A&M
Brianne Theisen, Oregon

Multiple Semifinalist Appearances by School (2010-2012)

Oregon (5): Brianne Theisen (3), English Gardner, Jordan Hasay
Texas A&M (3): Jessica Beard*, Porscha Lucas, Jeneba Tarmoh
LSU (2): Kimberlyn Duncan (2)
Arizona (2): Brigetta Barrett (2)
* Previous Winner

All-Time Semifinalist Appearances by Current Conference


Conference App. Last
Pac-12 9 2012
SEC 5 2012
Big 12 5 2012
Big Ten 2 2012
Conference USA 2 2012
Missouri Valley 2 2012
Mountain West 1 2012
Big East 1 2011
MEAC 1 2010
MIAA (DII) 1 2010
ACC 1 2010


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.

Florida State's Ngoni Makusha and Texas A&M's Jessica Beard are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

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


The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches' interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

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