TUCSON, Ariz. – The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) released the women's 2013 Bowerman Preseason Watch List on Thursday. For the second-straight year, senior Brigetta Barrett made the list of ten student-athletes. Senior Georganne Moline was also named to the preseason list. The Bowerman is awarded to collegiate track and field's best athlete of the year. This is the second-straight year two women from Arizona have made the preseason list.
In 2012, Barrett was a Bowerman finalist, the first in program history. She 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. Barrett claimed a silver medal at the U.S. Olympic Trials, guaranteeing her a trip to the Olympics. In the high jump final at the Olympics, she had a personal-best clearance of 6-8 (2.03m), the best jump ever by a collegiate athlete in the women's high jump. Barrett won the silver medal and became the first track and field athlete from Arizona to medal in the Olympics since Michael Bates and Sandra Farmer-Patrick in 1992. Barrett was also the first U.S. athlete to medal in the women's high jump since Louise Ritter in 1988. Dating back to 2011, Barrett has won 17-straight competitions versus collegiate competition.
During the 2012 outdoor season for Arizona, Moline captured two Pac-12 titles, one in the 400-meter hurdles and one as the anchor on the 4x400-meter relay team. She posted the best time in the country for the season, running 55.12 at the Pac-12 Championships. She also earned All-America accolades as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team. After earning a silver medal at the U.S. Olympic Trials, Moline represented Arizona and her country in the Olympics. Moline advanced to the final of the 400-meter hurdles where she earned a fifth-place finish, clocking a personal-best time of 53.92. That time is the school record and the No. 3 time in Pac-10/12 history.
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