Gipson Named Bowerman Semifinalist Tuesday

June 19, 2012


FORT WORTH, Texas – Senior Whitney Gipson was named one of 10 women’s semifinalists for the prestigious Bowerman award Tuesday.

The Bowerman is collegiate track and field’s highest honor. Three finalists will be named from the 10-person semifinalist group on Friday, June 29. The winner of The Bowerman will be announced on Dec. 19 in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Fla. 

The 2012 NCAA Champion during both the indoor and outdoor campaign’s, Gipson is the third-straight NCAA student-athlete to accomplish the feat, joining Southern Miss’ Tori Bowie (2011) and 2010 Bowerman finalist Blessing Okagbare (UTEP). 

The Texas native had a breakthrough performance at the NCAA Indoor Championships where she won her first NCAA title in the women’s long jump with a collegiate-record-equaling 22 feet, 8 inches. Gipson tied the 2002 collegiate record set by Auburn’s Elva Goulbourne in the championships’ fifth round and finished the season No. 4 on the world’s indoor performance list. In addition, Gipson had a total of three jumps of 6.20 meters (20-8) and four over 20 feet in the series at the NCAA meet. 

At the NCAA outdoor meet two weeks ago, Gipson soared 22 feet, 4 ½ inches on her second attempt to capture her second-straight NCAA title. The mark was the fifth-best all-conditions jump of all-time at the NCAA meet. In the third round, Gipson notched a wind-legal jump of 22-3¾ (6.80m), which will go down as the outdoor collegiate-season best.

Gipson, the Mountain West Indoor and Outdoor Athlete of the Year, is the first in Mountain West and TCU history to be named a semifinalist. She will next be in action at the United States Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. The trials will begin on Friday, June 22 at Hayward Field.