Dec. 19, 2012
TUCSON - The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association (USTFCCCA) announced the winner of The Bowerman on Wednesday night in Orlando, Fla. Senior Brigetta Barrett was one of three women's finalists, along with heptathlete Brianne Theisen (Oregon) and sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan (LSU). The award is presented to collegiate track and field's best athlete of the year. Duncan was named the 2012 Bowerman Award Winner on the women's side. Cam Levins of Southern Utah won for the men's side.
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.
In June, upon finding out she was named a finalist, Barrett said, "I'm speechless. 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."