Barrett, Clarke up for The Bowerman award
Arizona junior high jumper Brigetta Barrett and Arizona State senior shot putter Jordan Clarke are among 20 semifinals for The Bowerman award presented by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association.
Barrett and Clarke are among 10 female and 10 male semifinalists for the Bowerman, which goes to collegiate track and field’s athletes of the year. The fields will be narrowed to three finalists on June 29, with the winners announced in December.
Barrett swept NCAA indoor and outdoor high jump titles for the second consecutive season, clearing 6 feet 5 inches to win the indoor title and 6-4 to win the outdoor title. She has won 17 consecutive competitions against collegiate athletes. She currently ranks sixth in the world and second in the U.S.
Clarke swept the men's indoor and outdoor shot put in 2012. He won his second consecutive outdoor title with a throw of 66 feet, 11.25 inches, more than two feet beyond his nearest competitor. He won the indoor title with a throw of 68-5.25.
Barrett and Clarke are both competing for spots on the U.S. Olympic team at the U.S. Trials beginning Friday in Eugene, Ore.