Update to Men’s Watch List Gives Promotions to Chelanga, Mitchell, and Wheating

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

May 5, 2010   

The Bowerman logoNEW ORLEANS – Liberty’s Sam Chelanga, Texas A&M’s Curtis Mitchell, and Oregon’s Andrew Wheating were promoted to The Bowerman men’s watch list as announced by The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.

Along with those promoted to the ten-member watch list – Josh Como of Cal State LA, Leford Green of Johnson C. Smith, Sam Humphreys of Texas A&M, Marcel Lomnicky of Virginia Tech, and Jake Winder of North Central (Ill.) – earned praise by the watch list committee in being added to the “also receiving mention” list.

This group of ten on The Bowerman Watch List is responsible for two world-leading marks, three American-leading marks, and ten collegiate-leading marks so far this outdoor season. In addition, Chelanga reset his own collegiate record in the 10,000 meters on May 1.

The Bowerman Advisory Board appointed four of its members to comprise The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee and another four of its members to make up The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee. The committee will release its next update on Wednesday, May 19, following the collegiate regular season. The three men and three women finalists will be named on July 13. Award winners will be announced at the USTFCCCA Convention, held December 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the recently-debuted trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org. Keep up with Bowerman candidates on the USTFCCCA’s weekly results page (http://www.ustfccca.org/weekly-results) and by following the organization’s twitter feed twitter.com/TheBowerman and Facebook page facebook.com/TheBowerman.


(updated, May 5, 2010, listed in alphabetical order)

Jeshua Anderson JR Washington State Hurdles Woodland Hills, Calif.
Ronnie Ash JR Oklahoma Hurdles Raleigh, N.C.
Sam Chelanga (P2) RS JR Liberty Distance Nairobi, Kenya
Jeff Demps FR/SO Florida Sprints Winter Garden, Fla.
Ashton Eaton SR Oregon Combined Events Bend, Ore.
David McNeill SR Northern Arizona Distance Melbourne, Australia
Curtis Mitchell (P1) JR Texas A&M Sprints Dayton Beach, Fla.
Christian Taylor SO Florida Jumps Fayetteville, Ga.
Andrew Wheating (P2) SR Oregon Distance Norwich, Vt.
Ryan Whiting SR Arizona State Throws Harrisburg, Pa.

(P2) promoted to watch list for second time, (P1) promoted to watch list for first time

Also Receiving Mention (26)

Aaron Braun SR (ind.) Adams State Distance Fort Collins, Colo.
Charles Clark SR Florida State Sprints Virginia Beach, Va.
Will Claye SO Oklahoma Jumps Phoenix, Ariz.
Jason Colwick SR Rice Pole Vault San Marcos, Texas
Josh Como (N) JR Cal State LA Jumps Moreno Valley, Calif.
Lee Emanuel SR New Mexico Distance Hastings, England
German Fernandez (D) SO Oklahoma State Distance Riverbank, Calif.
Ricky Flynn SR Lynchburg Distance Gaithersburg, Va.
Ryan Foster JR Penn State Mid-Distance Tasmania, Australia
Ramon Gittens JR Saint Augustine’s Sprints
Leford Green (N) JR Johnson C. Smith Sprints St. Catherine, Jamaica
Walter Henning JR LSU Throws Kings Park, N.Y.
Tabarie Henry JR Texas A&M Sprints U.S. Virgin Islands
Trindon Holliday SR (ind.) LSU Sprints Zachary, La.
Sam Humphreys (N) FR Texas A&M Throws Laredo, Texas
Bryce Lamb FR Texas Tech Jumps Chandler, Ariz.
Torrin Lawrence (D) SO Georgia Sprints Jacksonville, Fla.
Marcel Lomnicky (N) SO Virginia Tech Throws Nitra, Slovakia
Ngonidzashe Makusha JR Florida State Jumps Zimbabwe
Kurt Roberts JR Ashland Throws Lancaster, Ohio
Scott Roth JR Washington Pole Vault Granite Bay, Calif.
Josh Scott JR Saint Augustine’s Sprints Winter Haven, Fla.
Ramon Sparks JR Abilene Christian Jumps Kansas City, Mo.
Delannie Spriggs SR Salisbury Sprints Owings, Md.
Tavaris Tate (D) FR Mississippi State Sprints Starkville, Miss.
Jake Winder (N) SR North Central (Ill.) Pole Vault Joliet, Ill.

(D) demoted from watch list, (N) new addition to either list



Jeshua Anderson, Jr., Washington State,
Hurdles, Woodland Hills, Calif., Taft HS

OUTDOOR: Anderson notched a season’s best and the collegiate-leading 400-meter hurdle time (49.11) in winning at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 17 … the time is also No. 7 in the world this year … Anderson is undefeated this year in the 100- and 400-meter hurdle events this year.

INDOOR: Anderson notched a 46.38 indoor personal best over 400 meters in earning runner-up honors at the MSPF Championships, a mark that ranks No. 10 in the NCAA this season … Anderson, the 400-meter hurdle standout in the outdoor season, put together a solid 2010 indoor campaign and tallied a season best of 8.04 in the short-distance hurdles.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
100mH Apr 24 14.46w w: 2.1 1 Cougar Inv Pullman, Wash.
May 1 14.03 w: -0.8 1 PB vs. Wash. Pullman, Wash.
400mH Mar 26 49.64 1 Stanford Inv Palo Alto, Calif.
Apr 1 50.85 1q TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 3 49.77 1 TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 17 49.11 1 CL, SB Mt. SAC Rel Walnut, Calif.
May 1 49.63 1 vs. Wash. Pullman, Wash.
4×400 Apr 3 3:12.51 2nd leg 9 SB TexasR Austin, Texas


Anderson with Flotrack after 49.11, World-leading mark at Mt. SAC

Jeshua Anderson on Flotrack

Ronnie Ash, Jr., Oklahoma,
Hurdles, Raleigh, N.C., Knightdale HS/Bethune-Cookman

OUTDOOR: Ash won the 110-meter hurdles at the Texas Relays in a wind-aided 13.50, the best time clocked by a collegian in all conditions this year … at the Texas Invitational on May 1, Ash ran a wind-legal season’s best of 13.54.

INDOOR: Ash captured his second-straight 60-meter hurdle NCAA crown this indoor season, joining Antwon Hicks of Mississippi (2004-05), Terrence Trammell of South Carolina (1999-2000), Tony Li of Washington State (1990-91, 55mH), Renaldo Nehemiah of Maryland (1978-79, 55mH), and Danny Smith of Florida State (1974-75, 55mH) as back-to-back high hurdle champs … Ash notched his personal best and collegiate-leading time of the season in the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships at 7.55 … Ash blazed a 7.59 in winning his first Big 12 Championship in Ames … Ash’s performance not only helped the Sooners to a Big 12 team title, but it also placed him among the all-time top 10 collegians in the event.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
110mH Mar 27 13.80 w: 0.0 1 UTA Lane Inv Arlington, Texas
Apr 2 13.82w w: 3.3 3q/1h7 TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 3 13.50w w: 3.0 1/Univ. TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 10 13.70 w: -1.7 1 SunAngel Tempe, Ariz.
Apr 24 13.58w w: 4.0 1 SoonerInv Norman, Okla.
May 1 13.54 w: 0.5 1 CL, SB TexasInv Austin, Texas
4×100 Apr 2 40.18 lead-off 3 SB SunAngel Tempe, Ariz.


Ronnie Ash interview after winning at Texas Relays

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Sam Chelanga, RS Jr., Liberty,
Distance, Nairobi, Kenya, Bartolimo HS/Fairleigh Dickinson

OUTDOOR: Opened the outdoor season by smashing his own collegiate record with a 27:08.39 billing, topping his previous mark set a year ago of 27:28.48, at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford.

INDOOR: Took runner-up honors in the 5000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships with a season-best time of 13:37.01 … picked up two Big South titles this season and helped his squad grab their 13th-straight conference title with runs in the 3000 meters and the DMR.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
10k May 1 27:08.39 3 [1c] CR, CL, PB CardinalInv Palo Alto, Calif.


Chelanga on Flotrack after breaking own collegiate 10k record at Stanford

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Jeff Demps, Fr. (indoor) /So. (outdoor), Florida,
Sprints, Winter Garden, Fla., South Lake HS

OUTDOOR: Demps took the 100-meter dash title at the Florida Relays by running a season best of 10.11 … also at the Florida Relays, Demps anchored the Gator 4×100-meter relay squad to a collegiate-leading time of 38.93.

INDOOR: Won the NCAA Indoor 60-meter title in 6.57 seconds and clocked 6.60 or better on three occasions during the season … his 6.56 in the preliminaries of the 60 meters was the fastest time by a collegian during the season … Demps placed second at the SEC Championships at 60 meters and was the winner of the Tyson Invitational 60.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
100m Apr 2 10.11 w: 1.4 1 SB FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 17 10.34 w: -0.7 q Jones Inv Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 17 10.22 w: -0.5 1 Jones Inv Gainesville, Fla.
200m Mar 27 21.17 w: -1.4 4/1s2 SB UCF Inv Orlando, Fla.
Apr 17 21.33 w: 0.5 5/2s2 Jones Inv Gainesville, Fla.
4×100 Mar 27 39.37 anchor 1/1s1 UCF Inv Orlando, Fla.
Apr 3 38.93 anchor 1/1s1 CL FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 17 39.06 third-leg 1 Jones Inv Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 24 39.88 anchor q/1h2 Jones Inv Gainesville, Fla.


Demps Anchors Collegiate-Leading 4×100

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Ashton Eaton, Sr., Oregon,
Combined Events, Bend, Ore., Mountain View HS

OUTDOOR: Eaton scored 8,310 points in his first decathlon of the season at the Texas Relays for a new personal best and the collegiate and American lead in the event … scoring 4,494 on the first day, Eaton recorded an all-time collegiate best tally for the first five events.

INDOOR: Eaton not only won the NCAA heptathlon title for the second-straight year, but he did it in world-record fashion … Scoring 6,499 points, Eaton reset what was Dan O’Brien’s 1993 record of 6,476 with five new personal bests over the seven-event bonanza … In January, Eaton topped what was Trey Hardee’s collegiate record with a 6,256 tally … Eaton would better each of his marks from that January weekend to claim the world record in March … Only a few hours after breaking the world record, Eaton returned to the NCAA meet to run the second leg of the Ducks 4×400 and helped the team to a sixth-place national finish … At the MPSF Championships in Seattle, Eaton claimed scoring positions in the pole vault (fourth) and as a member of the Ducks’ 4×400-meter relay team (second).

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
DEC Mar 31-Apr 1 8,310w 1 AmL (AC), CL, PB TexasR Austin, Texas
(10.34w – 7.88mw [25-10¾] – 13.11m [43-¼] – 2.02m [6-7½] – 47.06: Day 1 – 4,494 CB)
(13.85W – 43.71m [143-5] – 4.60m [15-1] – 52.19m [171-2] – 4:41.43)
100m Mar 31 10.34w w: 3.4 D PB (AC) TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 17 10.52 w: -1.2 1 SB vs UCLA Eugene, Ore.
LJ Mar 31 7.88mw 25-10¾, w: 3.0 D PB (AC) TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 10 7.77m 25-6, w: 0.4 1 SB Pepsi Team Eugene, Ore.
SP Mar 31 13.11m 43-¼ D oPB TexasR Austin, Texas
HJ Mar 31 2.02m 6-7½ D SB TexasR Austin, Texas
400m Mar 31 47.06 D SB TexasR Austin, Texas
110mH Apr 10 13.64w w: 2.4 1 Pepsi Team Eugene, Ore.
May 1 13.68 w: -1.7 1 PB OregonR Eugene, Ore.
DISC Apr 1 43.71m 143-5 D PB TexasR Austin, Texas
PV Apr 1 4.60m 15-1 D SB TexasR Austin, Texas
JAV Apr 1 52.19m 171-2 D SB TexasR Austin, Texas
1500m Apr 1 4:41.43 D SB TexasR Austin, Texas


Eaton Talks About His Decathlon at the Texas Relays

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David McNeill, Sr., Northern Arizona,
Distance, Melbourne, Australia, Xavier College

OUTDOOR: Ran to a collegiate-leading time of 13:25.63 in the 5000 meters to win the Stanford Invitational.

INDOOR: McNeill won the NCAA title in the 5000 meters with a the collegiate-season’s best time of 13:36.41 in holding off Liberty’s Sam Chelanga … McNeill nearly also won the 3000-meter title, but was outkicked to the finish by Arkansas’ Dorian Ulrey … Earlier in the season, McNeill claimed two collegiate-leading marks in the distance events on back-to-back weekends … in mid-February, McNeill ran to a 7:47.52 (OT) win over 3000 meters at the Husky Classic in Seattle, marking the best time ever run by a collegian on an oversized track … the following weekend, McNeill claimed an altitude-hindered 14:17.92 clocking over 5000 meters for his second collegiate leader of the season (when converted to 13:39.32) … McNeill also picked up Big Sky titles in the 3000-meter run and the DMR during the indoor season.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
1500m May 1 3:49.61 4 SB atARIZ,vASU Tucson, Ariz.
5000m Mar 26 13:25.63 1 CL, PB Stan Inv Palo Alto, Calif.


David McNeill after 13:25 run at Stanford Invite

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Curtis Mitchell, Jr., Texas A&M,
Sprints, Dayton Beach, Fla., Atlantic HS/Southwestern (Calif.) JC

OUTDOOR: Has anchored Texas A&M’s 4×100-meter squad all season and led the team to a Penn Relays title in the event … his 20.54 clocking over 200 meters is currently No. 5 among NCAA marks this year.

INDOOR: Won the NCAA Indoor Championship 200-meter title with a world-leading 20.38 clocking … also the Big 12 Champ in the 200.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
100m Mar 20 10.60 w: -2.1 3 Spring Cl Carolina, Puerto Rico
Apr 10 10.50 w: 1.8 3 SB Pepsi Team Eugene, Ore.
200m Mar 27 20.54 w: 0.0 1 PB AzSt Inv Tempe, Ariz.
Apr 10 20.69w w: 2.3 1 Pepsi Team Eugene, Ore.
4×100 Mar 27 39.35 anchor 1 AzSt Inv Tempe, Ariz.
Apr 2 39.80 anchor 1q/1h3 TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 17 39.54 anchor 3/2s3 Johnson Cl Waco, Texas
Apr 23 39.37 anchor 1q/1h1 Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
Apr 24 39.08 anchor 1 SB Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
4×200 Apr 2 1:20.61 anchor 1 SB TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 23 1:21.22 anchor 1q Penn Relays Philladelphia, Pa.
Apr 24 1:22.31 anchor 4 Penn Relays Philladelphia, Pa.
4×400 Apr 3 3:01.55 second-leg 1 SB TexasR Austin, Texas
Apr 24 3:05.04 third-leg 2 Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.


Mitchell with Flotrack after 4×200-meter relay heats at Penn Relays

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Christian Taylor, So., Florida,
Jumps, Fayetteville, Ga., Sandy Creek HS

OUTDOOR: In the 4×400, Taylor ran the third leg to help the Gators to a Florida Relays win and a world-leading time of 3:00.31.

INDOOR: Taylor claimed his second-straight NCAA indoor triple jump title with an American- and collegiate-best for the 2010 indoor season of 56-4½ (17.18m) … Taylor’s best mark in the NCAA meet was preceded by his third-round performance that was just a half-inch shorter … Taylor also used a season’s best of 26-¼ (7.93m) in the long jump to place second nationally … In total, Taylor scored 18 team points for the Gators who went on to win their first NCAA indoor crown … Earlier in the season, Taylor won his second-straight SEC triple jump title and helped the Gators 4×400 to the conference crown.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
400m Apr 2 45.55 1 SB FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
LJ Apr 17 7.51m w: 1.4 1 SB Jones Inv Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 23 7.36m w: 1.3 (r3) Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
Apr 24 7.37mw w: 2.6 9 Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
4×400 Apr 3 3:00.31 third leg 1/1s1 WL, CL FloridaR Gainesville, Fla.
Apr 24 3:05.40 third leg 1/Coll. Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.


Christian Taylor after winning second-straight NCAA triple jump title

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Andrew Wheating, Sr., Oregon,
Distance, Norwich, Vt., Kimball Union Academy

OUTDOOR: Wheating notched collegiate-leading times in the 800 (1:47.71) and 1500 (3:37.83) at the Oregon Relays on April 30 and May 1 … his 3:37.83 also stands as the American-leading time … at the Penn Relays, Wheating anchored the Ducks DMR team with a 3:59.84, 1600-meter split for victory … in the 4×800, Wheating’s anchor of 1:47.77 led to a second-place showing.

INDOOR: Anchored DMR with a 4:01.23 split to a second-straight NCAA title … was runner-up in the 800 for the second-straight year as well at the national championships … clocked 1:46.36 over 800 meters at the Husky Classic on February 13 for the American all-track best of the season.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
800m May 1 1:47.71 1 CL, SB OregonR Eugene, Ore.
1500m Apr 30 3:37.83 1 AmL, CL, PB OregonR Eugene, Ore.
4×800 May 1 7:15.55 anchor 2 (1:47.77 split) Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.
DMR Apr 30 9:30.69 anchor 1 (3:59.84 split/1600m) Penn Relays Philadelphia, Pa.


Wheating and DMR teammates after Penn Relays Win

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Ryan Whiting, Sr., Arizona State,
Throws, Harrisburg, Pa., Central Dauphin HS

OUTDOOR: Currently holds the world-leading mark in the shot put, having tossed 71-2¾ (21.71m) at the Sun Angel Classic on April 10 … has claimed throws of over 69-6 in each of his four competitions this outdoor season … has yet to lose to a collegian with the shot put in 2010 and leads the collegiate ranks by more than seven feet in the event.

INDOOR: Whiting won his third-consecutive NCAA indoor shot put title, becoming the first to grab three straight since UTEP’s Hans Hogland (1973-74-75) … Whiting matched his collegiate-leading season best with a 70-7¼ (21.52m) toss in the fourth round at the NCAA Championships and ultimately defeated his competition by over seven feet … Whiting finished the season No. 3 in the world standings and as the second-best performer in America … Whiting finished second at the USATF Indoor Championships in Albuquerque, earning him a berth on the IAAF Indoor World Championship team … Unfortunately, the world championship in Doha, Qatar, conflicted with the NCAA Indoor Championship.

TFRRS Report

Event Date Mark   Place Notes Meet Location
SP Mar 27 21.25m 69-8¾ 1 AzSt Inv Tempe, Ariz.
Apr 10 21.71m 71-2¾ 1 WL, AmL, CL, oPB SunAngel Tempe, Ariz.
Apr 24 21.26m 69-9 1 Triton Inv La Jolla, Calif.
May 1 21.26m 69-9 1 atARIZ,vNAU Tucson, Ariz.
DISC Mar 27 53.15m 174-4 3 AzSt Inv Tempe, Ariz.
Apr 9 56.94m 186-10 4 Mesa Cl Mesa, Ariz.
Apr 10 56.52m 185-5 3 SunAngel Tempe, Ariz.
May 1 58.02m 190-4 2 SB atARIZ,vNAU Tucson, Ariz.


Flotrack with Whiting after Sun Angel Classic

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