FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas pole vaulter and five-time All-America performer Sandi Morris capped an impressive month of January, in which she won all four competitions she entered, with her inclusion on the 10-member February Watch list for The Bowerman Award, the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Thursday afternoon. The senior makes her first career appearance on the list and is one of five student-athletes from the Southeastern Conference on the watch list.
The reigning USTFCCCA Division I Track and Field National Athlete of the Week and SEC Field Athlete of the Week joins nine other women on the 2015 Watch List for collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor as selected by The Bowerman Watch List Committee. She is one of four newcomers from the preseason list that was released on Jan. 8.
Morris has had amazing start to her senior campaign, but her record-breaking performance in the pole vault last week that helped lead the No. 3 Arkansas women’s track and field team to the team title at the Razorback Invite at the Randal Tyson Track Center (Jan 30-31) is arguably her most impressive so far this season.
For the third time this year Morris gave the home fans a show in the pole vault. The senior won her third pole vault title at the Randal Tyson Track Center, her fourth overall on the season, with a mark of 15-3 to set a new personal-best and program record. The Greenville, S.C. native’s mark also gave her the No. 2 mark in collegiate history and the best height not achieved at altitude.
Overall, Morris currently owns two of the top six jumps all-time in the NCAA and the second-best leap in the world this year.
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. In total, the winners from the award’s first four years have won two Olympic Medals, two World Championships and six World Championships medals. When considering finalists for the award, 13 individuals have earned a combined six Olympic medals, four World Championships and 17 World Championships medals.
Bill 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.
Morris will next be in action when she heads to the Albuquerque Convention Center with five of her teammates for the New Mexico Classic on Friday (Feb. 6) and Saturday (Feb. 7). The women’s pole vault competition will begin on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. CT.
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THE BOWERMAN WOMEN’S WATCH LIST | FEBRUARY
|Remona Burchell||Senior||Alabama||Sprints||Montego Bay Jamaica|
|Natoya Goule||Redshirt Senior||Clemson||Mid-Distance||Clarendon, Jamaica|
|Sandi Morris||Senior||Arkansas||Pole Vault||Greenville, S.C.|
|Courtney Okolo||Junior||Texas||Sprints||Carrollton Texas|
|Keturah Orji||Freshman||Georgia||Jumps||Mount Olive, N.J.|
|Demi Payne||Senior||Stephen F. Austin||Pole Vault||New Braunfels, Texas|
|Jenna Prandini||Redshirt Junior||Oregon||Sprints/Jumps||Clovis, Calif.|
|Jasmine Todd||Redshirt Sophomore||Oregon||Jumps||Chandler, Ariz.|
|Shelbi Vaughan||Junior||Texas A&M||Throws||Mansfield, Texas|
|Kendell Williams||Sophomore||Georgia||Combined Events||Marietta, Ga.|
Fayetteville, the “Track Capital of the World”, will be at the center of the track and field universe on the weekend of March 13-14 as the Razorbacks will host the 2015 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center, the home of the “Fastest Indoor Track in the World”. Since the facility’s opening in 2000, Arkansas and the Randal Tyson Track Center have hosted the event 11 times, including nine straight seasons and 11 of the last 13 championships.
A two-day, all-session ticket to the NCAA Indoor Championships is $40 for reserved seating and $30 for general admission adult ticket.
Season tickets and NCAA all-session passes are available online at HERE, by contacting the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center via phone at (800) 982-HOGS or in person at the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center, located just east of Baum Stadium at 1295 S. Razorback Rd. in Fayetteville.