May 3, 2012
NEW ORLEANS -
Freshman Octavious Freeman of UCF returns to The Bowerman Women's Watch List the award's watch list committee announced on Thursday. Freeman returns to the grand list of ten vying for the top award in collegiate track & field after tallying some of the best performances in the world this year in the 100 and 200 meters. This is Freeman's second appearance on the watch list this season.
Freeman is the collegiate leader in the 200 meters, having clocked 22.80 to win the event at the Florida Relays. In the 100 meters, Freeman owns the second-best wind-legal collegiate time (11.10) from a sweep of the short-sprint events at the Pepsi Relays. The 100-meter time ranks third in the world this year while the 200-meter clocking is in the world's top ten this year. At the Penn Relays, Freeman led UCF to a third-place showing in the 4x100.
The next updates to The Bowerman Watch List will occur after the conclusion of the regular season - May 16 (men) and May 17 (women). The NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin May 24-26 with preliminary rounds in Austin, Texas and Jacksonville, Fla. The national championships for Division I will conclude June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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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.