Dec. 19, 2012
TUCSON - The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) will announce the male and female winners of The Bowerman at 7 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 19. Senior high jumper Brigetta Barrett is one of the three finalists on the women's side. The Bowerman is awarded to collegiate track and field's best athlete of the year. For live coverage of the ceremony, visit Flotrack.org.
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.
Outdoors, Barrett cleared 6-4 (1.93m) at the NCAA Championships, good for her second-straight outdoor title. At the U.S. Olympic Trials, Barrett set a then-personal-best mark of 6-7 (2.00m), good for a silver medal and a trip to London for 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.
In 2012, Barrett was named a CoSIDA Academic All-American, the USTFCCCA Indoor Field Scholar Athlete of the Year, a first-team Capital One Academic All-American and she earned Pac-12 All-Academic honorable mention distinction.