High-Flying Kynard Added to The Bowerman Watch

March 2, 2011   

NEW ORLEANS The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday their second update of the men’s watch list for collegiate track & field’s biggest award – The Bowerman. Kansas State sophomore Erik Kynard was added to the watch in this update.

Kynard leaped on to the scene with a 7-7¾ (2.33m) clearance in winning the high jump at the Tyson Invitational on February 12. Only two other collegians (Hollis Conway and Brian Brown) in indoor history have jumped higher than Kynard. The sophomore has won all five competitions in which he has entered this year, including the Big 12 Championships. Kynard has won each of those competitions by clearing at least 7-3¾ (2.23m).

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST 2011 MEN

(updated March 2, 2011, listed in alphabetical order)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Jeshua Anderson SR Washington State Hurdles Woodland Hills, Calif.
Robby Andrews SO Virginia Distance Englishtown, N.J.
Sam Chelanga RS SR Liberty Distance Nairobi, Kenya
Will Claye JR Florida Jumps Phoenix, Ariz.
Jeff Demps SO/JR Florida Sprints Winter Garden, Fla.
Mason Finley SO Kansas Throws Salida, Colo.
Walter Henning SR LSU Throws Kings Park, N.Y.
Kirani James SO Alabama Sprints Gouyave, Grenada
Erik Kynard (N) SO Kansas State Jumps Toledo, Ohio
Christian Taylor JR Florida Jumps Fayetteville, Ga.

 

 

(P) – Promoted from “receiving mention” list this update
(N) – New to either list this update

Jeshua Anderson, Washington State
Senior, Hurdles, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft HS)

IN 2011: His season best in the 400-meter dash of 46.93 places him in the collegiate top 35. The outdoor season is where Anderson is expected to shine when he can compete in his specialty event – the 400-meter hurdles.

 

Robby Andrews, Virginia
Sophomore, Distance, Englishtown, N.J. (Manalapan HS)

IN 2011: Has yet to compete officially. Ran unattached and successfully was the “rabbit” for Bernard Lagat’s attempt to break the American two-mile record.

 

Sam Chelanga, Liberty
RS Senior, Distance, Nairobi, Kenya (Bartolimo HS/Fairleigh Dickinson)

IN 2011: In his first 5k of the indoor season, Chelanga recorded a then world-leading and current collegiate-leading time of 13:41.35 on his home 200-meter, flat track on January 29. Chelanga notched a would-be collegiate leader of 7:48.24 in the 3000 meters at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix where he finished fourth in a professional-loaded field. Because no collegians were involved in that competition. Chelanga tallied a 7:50.92 clocking at 3000 meters in placing fifth overall at the Flotrack Husky Classic. Chelanga added to his tally of Big South Championships with a Mile crown (4:16.88) this season.

 

Will Claye, Florida
Junior, Jumps, Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe HS/Oklahoma)

IN 2011: Claye stand second nationally in the triple jump with a season’s best of 56-4 (17.17m) achieved in finishing runner up to teammate Christian Taylor at the SEC Championships. Claye is also eighth in the country in the long jump, having notched a season best of 26-1 (7.95m) in taking third at the Tyson Invitational. Claye added a third-place showing in the long jump at the SEC meet, placing behind only Arkansas’ Tarik Batchelor and LSU’s Zedric Thomas – both members of the national top five of the event this year.

 

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

IN 2011: After opening the season with a 6.57 in winning the Virginia Tech Elite, Demps has twice more clocked sub-6.60 in the 60 meters, including when he won the SEC title in the event for the second-straight year with a 6.55. Demps ranks No. 2 nationally in the 60, behind only Oklahoma’s Mookie Salaam (6.54).

 

Mason Finley, Kansas
Sophomore, Throws, Salida, Colo. (Buena Vista HS)

IN 2011: Finley has three wins in the books so far in 2011 in his signature event – the shot put. His opener, a 67-11½ (20.71m) heave to win at the Missouri-Kansas dual leads the rest of Division I by more than two feet feet. Last weekend, at the Big 12 Indoor Championships, Finley was upset by Nebraska’s Luke Pinkelman who now stands No. 2 on the descending order list (65-10¼, 20.07m).

 

Walter Henning, LSU
Senior, Throws, Kings Park, N.Y. (St. Anthony’s HS)

IN 2011: Henning continues not to miss in the weight throw. The LSU strongman has won ten-straight against collegiate competition with the 35-lb. weight – four of which has come from 2011 season, which included his third-straight SEC crown. At the LSU Twilight on Feb. 18, Henning notched his season’s best throw of 76-6¼ (23.32m). Henning’s personal best in the event is 78-1 (23.80m).

 

Kirani James, Alabama
Sophomore, Sprints, Gouyave, Grenada

IN 2011: On every occasion in which he has stepped on the track for the 400 meters this season, Kirani James has set a new world leader. Starting on Feb. 12 when he ran 45.47 (oversized) to win Notre Dame Meyo Invitational, then on Feb. 26 for the preliminary round of the SEC Championships when he ran 45.37. And, for the trifecta, James, who is only 18, clocked 44.80 in the SEC final to not only set another world record, but it also set a new world junior all-time best. The time places him in the top five of the all-time world indoor list and only Kerron Clement’s (Florida)world record of 44.57 set in 2005 stands as a better all-time collegiate mark.

 

Erik Kynard, Kansas State
Sophomore, Jumps, Toledo, Ohio

IN 2011: Kynard leaped on to the scene with a 7-7¾ (2.33m) clearance in winning the high jump at the Tyson Invitational on February 12. Only two other collegians (Hollis Conway and Brian Brown) in indoor history have jumped higher than Kynard. The sophomore has won all five competitions in which he has entered this year, including the Big 12 Championships. Kynard has won each of those competitions by clearing at least 7-3¾ (2.23m).

Christian Taylor, Florida
Junior, Jumps, Fayetteville, Ga. (Sandy Creek HS)

IN 2011: Taylor sent quite a message in winning the SEC Championship triple jump on his final attempt. With a mark of 56-11½ (17.36m) that not only won the event for the third-straight time and set a new SEC record, he became the third all-time best collegian indoors in the event. Only Charlie Simpkins (Baptist, 17.50m, 57-5, 1986) and Mike Conley (Arkansas, 17.40m, 57-1, 1985) have jumped farther in indoor collegiate history than Taylor. The Gator also finished eighth at the SEC meet in the long jump and has a season’s best in the event of 25-0 (7.62m), good for the national top 25.

 

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 their next men’s update on Wednesday, March 16. The three men and three women finalists will be named late June.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the magnificent 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.

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION (9)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Andy Bayer RS SO Indiana Distance Leo, Ind.
Charles Clark SR (out) Florida State Sprints Virginia Beach, Va.
Derek Drouin JR Indiana Jumps Corunna, Ontario
German Fernandez JR/SO Oklahoma State Distance Riverbank, Calif.
Marquise Goodwin (D) SO Texas Jumps/Sprints Garland, Texas
Leford Green JR Johnson C. Smith Sprints St. Catherine, Jamaica
Torrin Lawrence JR Georgia Sprints Jacksonville, Fla.
Dorian Ulrey SR Arkansas Distance Port Byron, Ill.
Craig Van Leeuwen JR Ramapo Pole Vault Little River Falls, N.J.

(D) – demoted from the watch list this update
(N) – new to either list this update