The Bowerman Men of Ten Unveiled

By Tom Lewis, USTFCCCA

June 22, 2010   

NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee announced in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) the ten male student-athletes that will be considered for The Bowerman in 2010. The group of ten will be narrowed to three men by the ten-member Bowerman Advisory Board in the coming weeks.

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The Board, chaired by Herman Frazier, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sports Administration at Temple University, will release their finalist selections on the week of July 12. The Board is vice chaired by Alfreeda Goff, Horizon League Senior Associate Commissioner.

Once the finalists are set, The Bowerman Voters, a group of around 100, consisting of national and regional media personnel, track & field statisticians, NCAA collegiate administrators, and Presidents of affiliated organizations will make their selections. Previous winners Galen Rupp and Jenny Barringer will also receive one vote. Once tabulations are calculated, award winners will be announced at the USTFCCCA Convention, held December 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

Ten women vying for three finalists positions were announced yesterday and included: Semoy Hackett (Lincoln (Mo.)), Queen Harrison (Virginia Tech), Kylie Hutson (Indiana State), Mariam Kevkhishvili (Florida), Lisa Koll (Iowa State), Porscha Lucas (Texas A&M), Francena McCorory (Hampton), Blessing Okagbare (UTEP), Brianne Theisen (Oregon), and Phoebe Wright (Tennessee)

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the recently-debuted trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit

About The Bowerman
The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually to the top male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. Oregon’s Rupp and Colorado’s Jenny Barringer were the inaugural winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field/cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

(listed in alphabetical order, these are the final 10 in consideration for The Bowerman and will be narrowed to three in mid-July)             

Sam Chelanga, Liberty, RS Junior, Distance, Nairobi, Kenya (Bartolimo HS/Fairleigh Dickinson)
Captured NCAA outdoor 10k crown and, earlier in the season, sliced 20 seconds off own collegiate record in the event

Jeff Demps, Florida, Fresh. (indoor)/Soph. (outdoor), Sprints, Winter Garden, Fla. (South Lake HS)
Double sprint NCAA champion with 60m indoor crown and 100m outdoor title, added national title as anchor of 4×100

Johnny Dutch, South Carolina, Junior, Hurdles, Clayton, N.C. (Clayton HS)
NCAA 400-meter hurdle champ, ran world’s fourth-best time in 2010 with 48.12 in national quarterfinal, also 110m hurdle and 4×400 national finalist

Ashton Eaton, Oregon, Senior, Combined Events, Bend, Ore. (Mountain View HS)
Won second-straight NCAA heptathlon title with world-record performance indoors, added third-straight national decathlon crown outdoors

Walter Henning, LSU, Junior, Throws, Kings Park, N.Y. (St. Anthony’s HS/North Carolina)
Won national crowns with the weight throw indoors and hammer throw outdoors, first to do so since 2006

Kirani James, Alabama, Freshman, Sprints, Gouyave, Grenada
At just 17 years old, won the NCAA outdoor 400-meter crown and clocked 45.01 this season

David McNeill, Northern Arizona, Senior, Distance, Melbourne, Australia
Double 5000-meter champ, winning both NCAA indoor and outdoor titles, posted time of 13:25.63 outdoors

Christian Taylor, Florida, Sophomore, Jumps, Fayetteville, Ga. (Sandy Creek HS)
Winner of indoor and outdoor NCAA triple jump crowns, the first to do so since 2002, national runner-up both indoors and outdoors in the long jump

Andrew Wheating, Oregon, Senior, Mid-Distance, Norwich, Vt. (Kimball Union Academy)
Won both 800 and 1500 national championships outdoors, the first to do so since 1984, was anchor for NCAA champ DMR indoors

Ryan Whiting, Arizona State, Senior, Throws, Harrisburg, Pa. (Central Dauphin HS)
Indoor and outdoor national titlist with shot put, adding outdoor discus crown, recorded eight shot put throws of 70 feet or more during the season

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

INDOOR: NCAA runner-up in the 5000 meters, running season best 13:37.01 in national final … the Big South Men’s Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Chelanga was also successful on the conference level, winning a trio of events (mile, 3K and distance medley relay) at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships.

OUTDOOR: Chelanga’s greatest successes in 2010 came at the 10K distance, including his first NCAA track & field national championship and a new collegiate record … his NCAA 10K title came by an 18-second margin, the largest margin of victory in the NCAA men’s 10K final since 2002 … meanwhile, Chelanga’s NCAA 10K record time of 27:08.39, set May 1 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, shattered his own collegiate standard by 20 seconds and ranks No. 3 in the world for 2010 … Chelanga also finished as the NCAA national runner-up in the 5K, both indoors and outdoors … the pair of NCAA 5K finals were the only two individual races Chelanga lost to a collegiate opponent all year, and the setbacks came by a total of just 1.14 seconds … successfully defended his 5K title at the IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships … USTFCCCA Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year.


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

INDOOR: Became the first person in school history to win the NCAA 60-meter dash championship, doing so in a time of 6.57, which was just shy of the school-record-setting time of 6.56 that he set in the preliminaries the night before … at the SEC Indoor Championships, Demps placed second overall in the 60-meter dash at 6.66, but led a trio of Gators who scored 17 total points in the event … a two-time SEC Male Freshman Runner of the Week selection (Feb. 9, Feb. 16) during the indoor season … won the 60-meter dash at the prestigious Tyson Invitational in a time of 6.59.

OUTDOOR: Claimed the 2010 NCAA Outdoor 100-meter championship in a wind-aided time of 9.96 … ran the anchor leg of the Gators’ NCAA Championship 4×100-meter relay squad in a time of 39.04 … the anchor leg of Florida’s 4×100-meter relay team at the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C., that ran a season best and NCAA-leading time of 38.81 … became Florida’s first conference 100-meter dash champion since Bernard Williams won the event crown in 2000 … captured the event at the 2010 SEC Outdoor Championships in Knoxville, Tenn., by clocking a time of 10.06 … also the anchor leg of Florida’s second-place 4x100m relay team at the SEC Outdoor Championships.



Johnny Dutch, Jr., South Carolina,
Hurdles, Clayton, N.C., Clayton HS

INDOOR: Placed sixth in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships at 7.72 … earned SEC Indoor bronze medal honors in the 60 hurdles, his best career showing at the indoor conference meet … placed fourth as the anchor leg of South Carolina’s 4x400m relay team at the SEC Indoor Championships.

OUTDOOR: NCAA Champion in the 400-meter hurdles at 48.75, capping an undefeated season in finals competition in the intermediate hurdles … Dutch won his first career national title and the University of South Carolina’s first national crown in the intermediate hurdles, adding to a history that includes storied hurdlers Terrence Trammell, Jason Richardson, Kenneth Ferguson and Jussi Heikkila … ran the current fourth-fastest time in the world in the 400-meter hurdles at 48.12 to win the NCAA East Preliminary Round (national quarterfinal) … advanced to the 110-meter hurdle NCAA final, but false started … ran the second leg of the 4x400m relay team that placed fifth at the NCAA Championships as well …  won his second consecutive 400-meter hurdle SEC Outdoor title … took third in the 110 hurdles at the SEC Outdoor Championships … ran anchor for the 4x400m relay team that earned bronze at SEC Outdoor Championships … twice named SEC Athlete of the Week … won his first Penn Relays Carnival title in the 400m hurdles … named South Carolina’s Team MVP.


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

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) … USTFCCCA National Field Athlete of the Year.

OUTDOOR: Eaton won his third-consecutive NCAA decathlon crown, scoring a championships- and personal-record score of 8,457 points … capturing victory by 656 points, Eaton became the first in collegiate history to win three-straight crowns in the event and the second ever to win a third total … despite tallying just one event personal best (46.28 in the 400m) among the 10 disciplines, Eaton notched an all-time collegiate best 4,500 points on day one and came within eight points of Trey Hardee’s overall collegiate record (8,465) … in three competitions this season, Eaton scored 8,000 or more points, extending his streak to 10 … opened the season at the Texas Relays at the end of March with a wind-aided 8,301 for the win … at the Pac-10 Combined Event Championships, Eaton scored a conference-record 8,154 to become just the third man to win three of the league’s crowns in the event … coming back a week later for the remaining portions of the league meet, Eaton would win conference titles in the 110-meter hurdles and long jump, adding a runner-up performance in the 100-meter dash … Eaton would also qualify for the national final in the long jump, notching a leap of 26-4½ (8.04m) to be the second qualifier out of the West … USTFCCCA Co-National Field Athlete of the Year … Pac-10 Co-Men’s Field Athlete of the Year.


Walter Henning, Jr., LSU,
Throws, Kings Park, N.Y., St. Anthony’s HS/North Carolina

INDOOR: The NCAA Indoor Champion in the 35-pound weight throw with a throw of 77-3¾ (23.56m), becoming the first LSU Tiger to be crowned the NCAA Champion in the weight throw … shattered the SEC Indoor Championships meet record with a winning throw of 78-1 (23.80m) in defense of his crown, eclipsed the previous meet record of 76-5 set in 2007 … won the conference title by nearly 11 feet over his closest competitor … his seasonal-best mark of 78-1 (23.80m) ranked No. 1 among all collegiate throwers during the 2010 campaign …finished the 2010 indoor season by winning all six weight throw competitions in which he entered … honored for his performance during the indoor season as the SEC Men’s Indoor Field Event Athlete of the Year and the USTFCCCA South Central Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year.

OUTDOOR: Followed a dominant indoor season by being crowned the NCAA Outdoor Champion in the hammer throw … became the first collegiate thrower to sweep NCAA titles in the weight throw indoors and hammer throw outdoors since Spyridon Jullien of Virginia Tech in 2006 … won the national crown in dramatic fashion with a mark of 238-9 (72.79m) on his sixth and final throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to overtake Virginia Tech’s Alexander Ziegler (237-7) … successfully defended his SEC crown in the hammer throw with a mark of 237-3 (72.31m) at the SEC Outdoor Championships … swept SEC titles in the weight throw and hammer throw for the second year in a row … broke his own school record during the outdoor season as he posted a seasonal-best and personal-best mark of 239-5 (72.98m) at the Miami Elite Invitational on April 10 to rank No. 2 on the NCAA’s performance list for the 2010 season … won all six hammer throw competitions in which he entered on the campaign … finished the season a perfect 12-for-12 in weight throw and hammer throw competitions during the 2010 season.


Kirani James, Fr., Alabama,
Sprints, Gouyave, Grenada

INDOOR: At the NCAA Indoor Championships, finished second overall in the 400 meters with a time of 45.63, the highest finish by an Alabama runner … was named the Southeastern Conference Freshman Runner of the Year after finishing second in the 400 at the SEC Championships and running 45.24 to shatter his own Alabama school record … earlier in the season James, was named the SEC Runner of the Week (Feb. 6).

OUTDOOR: Claimed the NCAA 400-meter outdoor national title by clocking a 45.05 at just 17 years old … became the first Alabama 400 meter outdoor runner to earn All-American honors in the event since 1984 and the first national champion in any event since 2002 … claimed the SEC 400-meter title by clocking a personal best 45.01 in Knoxville, Tenn. … to earn the title James defeated the No. 1 ranked and No. 3 runners in the world in the event en route to being named the SEC Outdoor Freshman Runner of the Year … early in the outdoor season James claimed the 400m and 200m titles at the CARIFTA Games in George Town, Cayman Islands, clocking a 45.02 in the 400 and a personal best 20.76 in the 200.


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

INDOOR: At the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, won his first career national championship in the 5K when he held off Sam Chelanga to finish in an 2010 collegiate-best time of 13:36.41 … became NAU’s first ever national champion at 5000 … returned the following night to finish runner-up in the 3,000-meter run, giving NAU 18 total points and the highest finish at a track and field championship event in school history (8th) … named the USTFCCCA Mountain Region Male Track Athlete of the Year for the indoor season … in mid-February, he 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, he claimed an altitude-hindered 14:17.92 clocking over 5000 meters for his second then-collegiate leader of the season (when converted to 13:39.32) … competing in his first Big Sky Indoor Championships, won the men’s 3K, finished second in mile and was a part of Distance Medley Relay that set a Big Sky Indoor Championship record (9:52.85).

OUTDOOR: Concluded stellar senior campaign with his second national title in the men’s 5,000-meter run after he held of Liberty’s Sam Chelenga in a time of 13:44.81 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … became the first NCAA Champion in the event from Australia since 1960 … won the men’s 5,000-meter run at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas in a time of 13:59.30, the only sub-14 minute time of the night … held the top collegiate mark in the 5,000-meter run for the outdoor season with a school-record time of 13:25.63 from the Stanford Invitational on March 26 … won the 5K and 1,500-meter run at the Big Sky Outdoor Championships for the third-straight year … in the classroom, McNeill was awarded for his 3.75 GPA when he was named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America® men’s track/cross country first team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) … named USTFCCCA Mountain Region Male Track Athlete of the Year as voted on by the coaches from the region for the second time in 2010.

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

INDOOR: Won the 2010 NCAA Indoor triple jump championship for the second consecutive year with a 2010 American- and collegiate-best of 56-4½ (17.18m) … became the first person to win back-to-back NCAA men’s indoor triple jump titles since Walter Davis of LSU accomplished the feat in 2001 and 2002 … also placed second in the long jump at the NCAA meet with season best of 26-¼ (7.93m) … the 2010 USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year … claimed the SEC triple jump crown, winning for the second consecutive year with a season-best leap of 55-2¾ (16.83m) … ran the second leg of Florida’s SEC Championship 4×400-meter relay squad.

OUTDOOR: Won the 2010 NCAA Outdoor triple jump with a wind-aided jump of 56-1 (17.09m) on his final attempt … the fifth-round attempt of 55-10¼ (17.02m) finished as the 2010 collegiate best and the current American leading mark … it was the first national triple jump title in school history … placed fourth in the long jump at the NCAA meet … the 2010 USTFCCCA South Region Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year … became Florida’s first SEC Outdoor Champion in the men’s triple jump since Mike Sharpe in 1976 … posted a winning leap of 54-8¾ (16.68m) … recorded the second-best men’s long jump leap in school history in a runner-up finish at the SEC Outdoor Championships at 26-10½ (8.19m) … That was a personal record of more than a foot-and-a-half, shattering his previous best mark of 25-4 … also ran the third leg of the SEC Championship 4×400-meter relay squad … named SEC Men’s Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year … ran the third leg of Florida’s world-leading 4×400-meter relay team at the Pepsi Florida Relays that broke the school record at 3:00.31 and helped the Gators through the national quarterfinal and semifinal round of the 4×400.


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

INDOOR: Wheating helped the Ducks to their second-straight NCAA championship in the distance medley relay with an anchor 1600-meter split of 4:01.23 … In 2009, Wheating ran the 800-meter leg of the DMR … Wheating took runner-up (1:48.40) in the NCAA at 800 meters after being caught at the tape by Virginia frosh Robby Andrews … Wheating started his season on February 13 with a the best collegiate mark of the season, 1:46.36 (OT), at the Husky Classic in Seattle … at the MPSF Championships, Wheating won the mile crown with a 3:58.20 (OT) clocking on that same track in Seattle … USTFCCCA West Region Track Athlete of the Year.

OUTDOOR: At the NCAA Championships, Wheating ran four races in four days to capture national crowns in the 800 and 1500 meters, an accomplishment only matched four other times in the 89-year history of the NCAA Championships and for the first time since 1984 … Wheating (1:45.69) used his “kick” earlier in the competition than usual in the 800 finals, covering the final 200 meters in 26.20 seconds, holding off the surging Andrews (1:46.83) who would place second despite entering the final curve in last place … with the victory, Wheating became the first American since 1994 to defend an NCAA 800-meter crown … Wheating (3:47.94) would lead a final Duck charge to the finish line in the national final of the 1500m as Oregon claimed the first 1-2-3 NCAA sweep in the history of the event … Wheating would finish the season with the second-fastest collegiate time in the 800 (1:45.69, NCAA final) and the best collegiate time of 2010 in the 1500 – 3:37.52 recorded in being the first qualifier from the West portion of the NCAA’s quarterfinals … earlier in the season, Wheating won his third straight Pac-10 title at 800 meters in 1:47.77, becoming the first to win three-straight conference titles in the event since Oregon’s David Mack (1980-82). Wheating also ran a leg of the Ducks’ 4×400 that finished fourth at the conference meet; all in helping Oregon win their fourth-straight league crown … Wheating opened the season at the Penn Relays, where he anchored Oregon to a win in the distance medley relay (9:30.69) and a second-place finish in the 4×800 meter relay (7:15.55) … USTFCCCA National Track Athlete of the Year … Pac-10 Men’s Track Athlete of the Year.


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

INDOOR:Whiting’s dominance of the 2010 season began indoors as he won the NCAA Championship for the third year in a row with a toss of 70-7¼ (21.52m) … that victory not only kept him undefeated against collegiate competitors, it made him just the third man all-time to win the shot put in three consecutive NCAA indoor meets and the first to do so in 35 years (Hans Hogland, UTEP, 1973-1974-1975) … he also became just the fourth man to win three or more shot put crowns at the NCAA Indoor Championships in a career and the first to do so since Michael Carter (SMU) won his fourth in 1984 … during the season, Whiting did not compete in the conference event (MPSF Championships) and, instead, competed at the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships where he took second by four inches to Olympic medalist Christian Cantwell … Whiting, who had a best of 69-0 (21.03m), finished second and automatically qualified to compete in the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, but did not travel with Team USA to the world event as he was competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships … Whiting also finished the indoor season ranked third overall on the world lists with his winning mark for the NCAA meet.

OUTDOOR: Whiting capped his collegiate career with a sweep of the shot put and discus at the NCAA Championships to record the fifth and sixth national titles of his career while earning his second-consecutive outdoor shot put crown and his first discus title … his win in the shot put gave him five total NCAA titles in the event after he won the 2008, 2009 and 2010 indoor crowns as well … Whiting won the shot put with the third-best mark in the World in 2010 with a toss of 72-1 (21.97m) to equal the second-best mark all-time in collegiate history missing the collegiate record by three centimeters … his winning throw also gave him a mark of over 70-feet for the eighth time on the year and the 10th time in his career, both of which are the most ever for a collegian (four in a season and six in a career were the previous bests) … Whiting also won the national discus title with a toss of 193-9 (59.06m) for his first crown in that event, the first ever for an ASU man and made him one of only 11 men that have swept both events in the same NCAA meet since the first meet held in 1921 and the first to do so since 2002 … the school record holder in both events, Whiting also swept both throws at the Pac-10 Conference Championships, giving him his first title in the discus and his second in the shot put … Whiting went undefeated against collegiate competitors in the shot put, he averaged a winning mark of 70-7¾ (21.53m) while the next closest collegian averaged a toss of 60-6¾ (18.46m) in those meetings, giving Whiting an average margin of victory by over 10 feet … for his efforts, he was named the Co-National Field Athlete of the Year for Outdoor Track & Field by the USTFCCCA and by the Pac-10 Confernece … Whiting also has been named the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s track and field, an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII First Team honoree and the Pac-10 Tom Hansen Conference Medal of Honor winner.