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In this issue: The Bowerman Women?s Watch List, Katie Flood #1 in three events, Nebraska women?s distance medley, Morningside wins 3200-Meter Relay (Their First ever), Iowa preps earned a total of 27 All American honors at the NAIA Indoor.

March 1, 2012 NEW ORLEANS ?
In the latest update of The Bowerman Women?s Watch List, Texas A&M freshman Kamaria Brown, Washington sophomore Katie Flood, and Ohio State senior Christina Manning now appear.  Brown (Baton Rouge, La.) won the Big 12 title in the 200 meters in a world- and collegiate-leading 22.86 seconds last weekend and owns the two fastest times in the event this season. Flood (Des Moines, Iowa) has NCAA bests in the mile, 3000 meters, and as a member of Washington?s DMR squad this season. Manning (Waldorf, Md.) won Big Ten titles in the 60 dash and 60 hurdles last weekend and is the collegiate leader in the hurdles (7.95). For the trio, it is a first-time appearance to the Watch List. THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2012 WOMEN (updated March 1, 2012, listed in alphabetical order, always ten names)
Brigetta Barrett JR Arizona Jumps Duncanville, Texas
Kamaria Brown (N) FR Texas A&M Sprints Baton Rouge, La.
Kimberlyn Duncan JR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
Katie Flood (P) SO Washington Distance Des Moines, Iowa
Octavious Freeman FR UCF Sprints Lake Wales, Fla.
Jordan Hasay JR Oregon Distance Arroyo Grande, Calif.
Christina Manning (N) SR Ohio State Sprints/Hurdles Waldorf, Md.
Sheila Reid SR Villanova Distance Newmarket, Ont.
Tina Sutej SR Arkansas Pole Vault Ljubljana, Slovenia
Brianne Theisen SR Oregon Combined Events Humboldt, Sask.
 (P) ? Promoted from the ?also receiving mention? list(N) ? new to either list
Katie Flood, Washington ? Flood holds the NCAA?s No. 1 seed in three events -- the mile, 3000 meters, and DMR. On her home oversized track, Flood has notched times of 4:28.48 (mile), 8:55.31 (3000m), and 10:55.01 (as anchor of DMR) this season. The DMR time is fifth all-time collegiately on all tracks, Flood?s mile time is fourth all-time collegiately on all tracks, and the 3000-meter time is in the collegiate all-time top ten on all tracks.

The Nebraska women?s distance medley relay team made history Friday night at the Alex Wilson Invitational on the campus of Notre Dame University.
The team of Jessica Furlan, Mara Weekes, Ellie Grooters and Ashley Miller, Tipton took home a first-place finish with a time of 10:58.74. The Huskers broke the Nebraska indoor distance medley relay record and qualified  for the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships in Boise, Idaho next weekend. In addition, it broke the Alex Wilson Invitational record and the Meyo Track record of 11:04.26 set by Michigan in 2011.  Ashley Miller heads to the Indoor Championships as the Nebraska Indoor school record holder in the 3k and the DMR and #2 on their all time list in the mile and the 5k!  Not bad for the 15 time Iowa High School State Champion!

Mustangs Win National Championship In 3200-Meter Relay
Morningside won its first-ever national championship in a track & field event at the NAIA level when the Mustangs triumphed in the men?s 3200-meter relay on Friday at the 2012 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

The Mustangs? All-America quartet of Brad Wright, a sophomore from Mullen, Neb.; Taylor Chapman, a sophomore from Spencer, Iowa; John Harris, a junior from Holstein, Iowa; and Monte Larsen, a senior from Neola, Iowa, combined for a school-record time of 7:33.55 to edge Wayland Baptist University (7:33.99) at the finish line. The Mustangs shattered their previous school-record time of 7:38.75 that they ran in Thursday?s prelims.
The Mustangs? splits were a 1:55.1 by Wright, a 1:55.9 by Chapman, a 1:51.6 by Harris, and a 1:50.3 anchor by Larsen.
Former Iowa preps earned a total of 27 All American honors at the NAIA Indoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio this weekend.  Five of our former high school stars were crowned National Champions, three on the men's 4x800 for Morningside and two in the high jump.  John Harris (Galva Holstein), Taylor Chapman (Spencer) and Monte Larson (Tri Center Neola) ran on Morningside's winning quartet that was clocked in a school record 7:33.55.  Former Sergeant Bluff Luton start Megan Glisar jumped 5' 8 3/4" to win the high jump title for Morningside and former East Sac County standout, Matt Huseman, cleared 6' 11 3/4" to claim the men's high jump title for Northwestern. 
Other Iowa preps earning NAIA All American status:
Jenna Higgins (North Scott), Mt. Mercy. 6th-60 M Dash, 7.72
Jackie Kane (Marion), Mt. Mercy. 2nd-600 M Dash,1:34.66
Kara Keller (Mediapolis), Grand View. 7th-800 M Run, 2:15.74
Brianna Mathes (Galva Holstein), Morningside. 5th-1000 M Run, 2:26.75
Dawn Gildersleeve (North Polk), Northwestern. 6th-1000 M Run, 2:57.55
Obsie Birru (Johnston), Grand View. 3rd in 5K-17:27.19 and 7th in mile-5:02.17
Kari Van Beek (Hartley Melvin Sanborn) and Katie Bonnema (West Sioux) ran on 4x400 for Dordt. 8th in 3:58.27
Teresa Kerkvilet (West Lyon), Sara Edwardson (Spencer), Brianna Hobbs (Kingsley Pierson-Woodbury Central), and Dawn Gildersleeve (North Polk) ran on 4x800 for Northwestern.  8th in 9:15.
Megan Mathes (Galva Holstein) and Lydia Bienlien (Glenwood) ran on DMR for Morningside that finished 3rd in 12:09.22
Mwale Kpande (Mt. Pleasant), Mt. Mercy. 8th-Long Jump, 18' 3"
Larissa Wilden (Clinton), Mt. Mercy. Tied for 6th-High Jump, 5' 3 3/4"
Lauryn Camp (Preston), Grand View. 2nd-Weight Throw, 58' 5 3/4"
Colleen Frank (Eldora New Providence). 8th-Weight Throw, 54' 1/2"
Monte Larson (Tri Center Neola), Morningside. 2nd-600M Run, 1:19.34
Logan Hovland (North Iowa), Northwestern. 7th-1000 M Run, 2:29.20
Tyler Wells (DM Roosevelt), Grand View. 6th-Shot Put, 54' 2 1/2"