Final Men’s Watch List Adds Cabral, Morton; McCullough, Riley Return

May 30, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – A week from today, the final stages of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will commence in Des Moines, Iowa. The four-day finale of the national championships will have a large impact on deciding who will be named this year’s winner of The Bowerman – collegiate track & field’s top honor. In the final watch list of the year, four names replaced four others on the list of ten, including newcomers Princeton’s Donn Cabral and Stanford’s Amaechi Morton. Returning to the watch list in this update are Princeton’s Conor McCullough and Illinois’ Andrew Riley.

Cabral clocked 8:19.14 in the steeplechase at the USATF Oxy High Performance meet on May 18. It marked the fastest time by a collegian since Henry Rono’s string of five races under 8:19 in 1978 and 1979. Cabral is now No. 2 on the all-time collegiate performers list.

Morton is the collegiate-leader in the 400 hurdles with a 48.95 clocking which was notched in winning the Pac-12 title.

New to this update in the “also receiving mention” category are Oregon’s Mike Berry and Florida’s Omar Craddock. The duo received votes for the watch list, but did not accumulate enough votes from the committee to be listed in the watch list of ten. Last weekend, Berry clocked a collegiate-leading 44.86 in the quarter-final, 400-meter round of the NCAA Championships at the West prelims in Austin. Craddock still owns the comprehensive collegiate-leader in the triple jump from the indoor season where he marked 54-11½ (16.75m) to win the NCAA indoor title.

Ten men’s semifinalists for The Bowerman will be announced on Monday, June 18 and three finalists will be announced on Friday, June 29. The winner of The Bowerman will be presented on December 19 in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Fla. The three finalists will be invited to take part in the award ceremony.

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2012 MEN

(updated May 30, listed in alphabetical order, always ten names)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Donn Cabral (N) SR Princeton Distance Glastonbury, Conn.
Chris Derrick SR Stanford Distance Naperville, Ill.
Charles Jock SR UC Irvine Mid-Distance San Diego, Calif.
Lawi Lalang SO Arizona Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Cameron Levins SR Southern Utah Distance Black Creek, B.C.
Conor McCullough (P) SO Princeton Throws Canoga Park, Calif. 
Tony McQuay JR Florida Sprints Riviera Beach, Fla.
Maurice Mitchell SR Florida State Sprints Kansas City, Mo.
Amaechi Morton (P) SR Stanford Sprints/Hurdles Atlanta, Ga.
Andrew Riley (P) SR Illinois Sprints/Hurdles Kingston, Jamaica

(P) – Promoted from the “also receiving mention” list
(N) – new to either list

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Miles Batty SR BYU Distance Sandy, Utah
Curtis Beach (D) JR Duke Combined Events Albuquerque, N.M.
Mike Berry (N) SO Oregon Sprints Seattle, Wash.
Jordan Clarke RS JR Arizona State Throws Anchorage, Alaska
Carter Comito JR Whitworth Throws Spokane, Wash.
Omar Craddock (N) JR Florida Jumps Killeen, Texas
Ryan Crouser FR Texas Throws Gresham, Ore.
Jeff Demps (D) JR/SR Florida Sprints Winter Garden, Fla.
Derek Drouin SR/JR Indiana Jumps Corunna, Ontario
Jarret Eaton SR Syracuse Hurdles Abington, Pa.
German Fernandez SR/JR Oklahoma State Distance Riverbank, Calif.
Mason Finley JR Kansas Throws Salida, Colo.
Tim Glover (D) JR Illinois State Javelin Normal, Ill.
Marquise Goodwin JR Texas Jumps/Sprints Garland, Texas
Andrew Irwin (D) FR Arkansas Pole Vault Mt. Ida, Ark.
Nick Jones SR Abilene Christian Throws Amarillo, Texas
Leonard Korir JR Iona Distance Iten, Kenya
Erik Kynard JR Kansas State Jumps Toledo, Ohio
Torrin Lawrence SR Georgia Sprints Jacksonville, Fla.
Ryan Loughney SR Ashland Throws Grahamsville, N.Y.
Kyle Merber SR Columbia Mid-Distance Dix Hills, N.Y.
Gunnar Nixon FR Arkansas Combined Events Edmond, Okla.
Tyler Pennel SR Western State Distance Golden, Colo.
Ricky Robertson JR Mississippi Jumps Hernando, Miss.
Ben Sathre SR St. Thomas (Minn.) Distance Chaska, Minn.
Ben Scheetz SR Amherst Mid-Distance Lancaster, Pa.
Brycen Spratling SO Pittsburgh Sprints Webster, N.Y.
Maston Wallace JR Texas Pole Vault Houston, Texas
Ameer Webb JR Texas A&M Sprints Tustin, Calif.
Josh Winder SO North Central (Ill.) Pole Vault Joliet, Ill.

(D) – Demoted from the watch list
(N) – new to either list

ALL-TIME WATCH LIST APPEARANCES

(last appearance date also listed)

By Student-Athlete

DEMPS, Jeff (Florida)

19

5/16/12

ANDERSON, Jeshua (Washington State)

16

6/1/11

CHELANGA, Sam (Liberty)

14

6/1/11

TAYLOR, Christian (Florida)

13

6/1/11

BATTY, Miles (BYU)

9

4/11/12

CLAYE, Will (Florida)

9

6/1/11

By Institution

Florida

47

5/30/12

Washington State

16

6/1/11

Oregon

15

6/7/10

Liberty

14

6/1/11

Oklahoma

13

6/1/11

By Current Conference

SEC

77

5/30/12

Pac-12

51

5/30/12

Big 12

36

4/11/12

ACC

24

5/30/12

Big South

14

6/1/11

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Florida State’s Ngoni Makusha and Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.