TUCSON, Ariz. – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) announced the women's finalists for The Bowerman on Friday. Junior high jumper Brigetta Barrett is one of the three women. The Bowerman is awarded to collegiate track and field's best athlete of the year. The winner of The Bowerman will be announced on December 19 in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The three finalists will be invited to take part in the award ceremony.
"I'm speechless," Barrett said. "I tried to tell myself I don't care and whatever happens, happens. Now that I'm a finalist, it truly is an honor and to God be the glory. As a field event athlete, it is kind of hard to see if you can compare with the runners that can do multiple events. I just thank God that they felt like I was talented enough to be a finalist."
Barrett is the first student-athlete in Arizona history to be named a finalist for The Bowerman. Additionally, Barrett was only the third woman in award history to make a second semifinalist appearance. Barrett swept NCAA high jump titles for the second-straight season in 2012. She became the first in woman in DI history to earn dual-season titles in back-to-back years, a combination of four consecutive national titles between the seasons. At the indoor championships, Barrett cleared 6-5 (1.96m) to take home her second-straight indoor title. Also during the indoor season, Barrett cleared 6-5.5 (1.97m), which was good for the school record in the event and that leap tied Barrett for the second-best mark in indoor collegiate history and was the best among the collegiate ranks since 2009. Additionally, Barrett won her second-straight MPSF title in the high jump, setting a MPSF Championships record by clearing 6-4 (1.93m).
Outdoors, Barrett cleared 6-4 (1.93m) at the NCAA Championships, good for her second-straight outdoor title. Barrett jumped consistently throughout the outdoor season, clearing 6-4 or better six times. She cleared her season-best mark of 6-4.75 (1.95m) at the Mt. SAC Relays and the Stanford Invitational. That mark met the Olympic Games "A" Standard, was the No. 1 collegiate clearance and is currently tied for the second-best jump in the U.S. and sixth-best in the world. Barrett also earned her second-straight conference title, clearing 6-4.25 (1.94m) at the Pac-12 Championships.
Dating back to 2011, Barrett has won 17-straight competitions versus collegiate competition. At the 2012 Prefontaine Classic she was the top collegiate finisher (fourth place overall).
Barrett will compete in the final of the women's high jump competition at the U.S Olympic Trials on June 30 at 5 p.m. MST. Barrett must finish in third place or better to make Team USA for the Olympic Games.
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