AUSTIN, Texas – No. 4 Texas Track and Field’s Tara Davis was one of 10 women selected to The Bowerman Women’s Watch List on Wednesday. It is the third-straight watch list for The Bowerman that Davis has been recognized on since winning the NCAA Indoor long jump title back […]
AUSTIN, Texas – No. 4 Texas Track and Field's Tara Davis was one of 10 women selected to The Bowerman Women's Watch List on Wednesday. It is the third-straight watch list for The Bowerman that Davis has been recognized on since winning the NCAA Indoor long jump title back in March.
It is the third career appearance on the watch list for Davis overall, and she is one of four Longhorns to appear on either the men's or women's list this season (Julien Alfred, Chanel Brissett, Tripp Piperi). She is the ninth Texas woman to reach the watch list since the award's inception, a tally that is tied with Arkansas for the third-most by any program. Only Oregon (16) and Texas A&M (13) have produced more watch-list candidates for The Bowerman since its inception.
Davis, an Agoura Hills, Calif. native, produced another historical performance this past weekend at the Texas Invitational, this time doing so in both the women's long jump and 100-meter hurdles.
She opened the meet by jumping 6.97m/22-10.5 to win the long jump on Friday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Her effort was tied for the second-best jump of her career. In addition to nearly clearing the 23-foot mark for the second time this season, Davis added jumps of 6.92m/22-8.5, 6.85m/22-5.75 and 6.77m/22-2.5 in her series. Her top three jumps rank third (6.97m), ninth (6.92m) and 14th (6.85m) in NCAA history. When coupled with her collegiate-record showing at the Texas Relays in March (7.14m/23-5.25), Davis now owns three of the top-five marks in collegiate history for women's long jumpers. Her performance at the Texas Invitational also rewrote Texas' school record book, as her top four jumps ranked tied for second (6.97m), fourth (6.92m), fifth (6.85m) and sixth (6.77m) in UT history. She now owns the top seven jumps by a woman on Texas record, with all of them coming over the last six weeks.
In the 100-meter hurdles, Davis finished as the top collegian in the field and second overall in a time of 12.75 (-0.3). Her mark moved her to ninth on the world leaderboard this year among wind-legal times. It also helped her jump into a tie for fourth on Texas' top performers list in the event. She was beaten only by world-record holder Keni Harrison in Austin this past weekend. Prior to the Texas Invitational, Davis already ranked first in the Big 12 and second in the NCAA in the 100-meter hurdles after clocking a wind-aided time of 12.61 (+2.6) at the LSU Alumni Gold on April 24.
In addition to her recognition from The Bowerman on Wednesday, Davis has also been named the USTFCCCA Women's National Athlete of the Week and the Big 12 Women's Athlete of the Week over the past two days. It is the second time she has earned National Athlete of the Week honors and the third weekly honor from the Big 12 this season. He three Big 12 Athlete of the Week honors is tied for the most by any student-athlete during a single outdoor campaign in league history.
The Bowerman, first awarded in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the year's most outstanding collegiate male and female student-athlete (indoor and outdoor combined). Davis will look to join 2016 recipient Courtney Okolo as Longhorns to win the prestigious award.
The Bowerman will release an updated men's watch list on Thursday, May 6. After that, the next updated is expected to occur on Wednesday, May 19, and Thursday, May 20, for the men. The Bowerman Watch List represents the consensus among members of The Bowerman Watch List Committee in regard to who is currently on their radar for consideration to win this year's award. These student-athletes may or may not have competed yet this year, but based on past credentials have the attention of the committee.