Dezerea Bryant of Kentucky and Dani Bunch of Purdue were added to the February edition of the Women’s Watch List for The Bowerman – collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor – which was announced Thursday by The Bowerman Watch List Committee.
In addition, UK hurdler Kendra Harrison is on the “also receiving votes” list for the Bowerman
Bryant, a junior sprinter at Kentucky, and Bunch, a senior thrower at Purdue, parlayed collegiate-leading performances in January into inclusion on The Watch List. Both represent the first appearances by their respective programs on either the men’s or women’s Watch List.
Bryant is the collegiate leader at 60 meters in 7.19 with three of the four fastest times in 2014, and is second among collegians at 200 meters in 23.04.
Bunch is just ¾ of an inch shy of the all-time collegiate top-10 performers list in the weight throw with a nation-leading 73-4 (22.35 meters) with the four best throws among collegians, and is ranked third among collegians in the shot put at 56-4¾ (17.19m).
The duo bumped Florida’s Cory McGee and San Diego State’s Shanieka Thomas down to “also receiving votes” status.
The Bowerman women’s watch list, February 2014
Kamaria Brown (jr., Texas A&M) sprints
Dezera Bryant (jr., Kentucky) sprints
Dani Bunch (sr., Purdue) throws
Abby D’Agostino (jr., Dartmouth) distance
Phyllis Francis (sr., Oregon) middle-distance
Anna Jelmini (sr., Arizona State) throws
Shalaya Kipp (sr., Colorado) distance
Laura Roesler (sr., Oregon) middle-distance
Ashley Spencer (jr., Texas) sprints
Lindsay Vollmer (jr., Kansas) combined events
Also receiving votes — Natalia Bartnovskaya (Kansas); Ciarra Brewer (Florida); Emily Grove (South Dakota); Kendra Harrison (Kentucky); Cory McGee (Florida); Sami Spenner (Nebraska); Shanieka Thomas (San Diego State); Jasmine Todd (Oregon).