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BATON ROUGE – After attending the presentation ceremony for The Bowerman in December as one of three finalists following the 2011 season, it came as no surprise Thursday when Lady Tiger junior sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan was selected one of 10 athletes with the release of the 2012 women’s preseason watch list by The Bowerman Watch List Committee.
Duncan enters the 2012 season as the defending NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor champion in the 200-meter dash after emerging as one of world’s premier performers in the event a year ago.
She is just the sixth female sprinter in NCAA history to sweep 200-meter titles in the same season and the first Lady Tiger since collegiate record holder Dawn Sowell in 1989. Duncan was impressive in running a pair of personal bests of 22.24 outdoors and 22.78 indoors during the 2011 season. By clocking a winning time of 22.24 in the national final, Duncan set the low-altitude collegiate record in the event.
In addition, Duncan anchored the Lady Tigers to a national championship in the 4x100-meter relay as she teamed with Kenyanna Wilson, Semoy Hackett and Rebecca Alexander to run the eighth-fastest time in collegiate history at 42.64 in the national final in 2011. She also scored eight points for the Lady Tigers as the NCAA Outdoor runner-up in the 100-meter dash while setting a wind-legal PR of 11.09.
Duncan actually wrapped up her sophomore season as the scoring champion for the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in scoring 20.5 points for the Lady Tigers.
A native of Katy, Texas, joined former Texas A&M standout and 2011 Bowerman recipient Jessica Beard and Arkansas pole vaulter Tina Sutej as finalists for the presentation ceremony of the award on Dec. 14 at the 2011 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association held in San Antonio, Texas.
Hackett is also receiving preseason recognition as a contender for The Bowerman in 2012 as she is among four athletes listed in the “Also Receiving Mention” list included in Thursday’s announcement.
In addition to running the second leg on LSU’s national championship 4x100-meter relay team a year ago in her first season as a Lady Tiger, Hackett earned four All-America honors as one of the nation’s leading sprinters. She was also crowned the SEC champion in the 100-meter dash en route to capturing last year’s SEC Commissioner’s Trophy and being named the 2011 SEC Women’s Outdoor Runner of the Year.
The Bowerman Preseason Women’s Watch List
Note: Listed in Alphabetical Order
Brigetta Barrett, Junior, Arizona, Jumps
Tori Bowie, Senior, Southern Miss, Jumps/Sprints
Emma Coburn, Senior, Colorado, Distance
Kimberlyn Duncan, Junior, LSU, Sprints
Jordan Hasay, Junior, Oregon, Distance
Anne Kesselring, Junior, Oregon, Middle Distance
Julie Labonte, Sophomore, Arizona, Throws
Sheila Reid, Senior, Villanova, Distance
Tina Sutej, Senior, Arkansas, Pole Vault
Brianne Theisen, Senior, Oregon, Combined Events
The Bowerman Preseason “Also Receiving Mention” List
Note: Listed in Alphabetical Order
Semoy Hackett, Senior, LSU, Sprints
Ryann Krais, Senior, Kansas State, Combined Events
Lindsay Lettow, Senior, Central Missouri, Combined Events
Abigail Schaffer, Senior, Moravian, Pole Vault



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