NEW ORLEANS (5/8/14) - Sophomore Julia Ratcliffe is now on the Bowerman Watch List “also receiving votes” list it was announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday, May 8.
Ratcliffe is the first Princeton women’s track & field athlete and just second Ivy Leaguer to earn a spot on the Bowerman list since it was created in 2010 as the sport’s version of the Heisman Trophy.
The NCAA leader in the hammer throw, Ratcliffe has a PR of 70.28 (230-07). She holds the New Zealand national record, the Ivy League record and the Princeton record.
She was named the USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week on April 14 the Monday after she set a collegiate dual/tri/quad meet record with a 69.60 (228-04)
She has won all seven hammer throw competitions she has entered this season, including the Penn Relays, where she threw the third-best throw in Penn Relays history at 65.89 (216-2).
About the Bowerman
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.
Florida State’s Ngoni Makusha and Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.
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.