First Regular-Season Men’s Watch List for The Bowerman Revealed

February 6, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – Familiar names grace the first regular-season edition of The Bowerman Men’s Watch List released Wednesday by the Watch List Committee, as all ten of student-athletes also appeared on the preseason edition.

While a pair of student-athletes – Duke’s Curtis Beach and Illinois State’s Tim Glover – have yet to begin their 2013 campaign, many others have come out and made early statements.

Arizona distance runner Lawi Lalang, who makes his 10th Watch List appearance, made perhaps the biggest statement with his 7:42.39 3000 meters performance, placing him third among collegians all-time. His ten appearances on the Watch List are the most among active student-athletes, and fifth-most all-time.

Three others – Arizona State thrower Jordan Clarke, and high jumpers Derek Drouin and Erik Kynard of Indiana and Kansas State, respectively – are also collegiate-leaders in their events.

With conference championships on tap prior to the next iteration of the Watch List, more strong performances from the current Watch Listers, honorable mention selections and student-athletes at large are surely in store.

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, FEBRUARY 2013 MEN

(Updated February 6, 2013. Listed in alphabetical order by last name)
NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Harry Adams SR Auburn Sprints Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Curtis Beach RS JR Duke Combined Events Albuquerque, N.M.
Jordan Clarke RS SR Arizona State Throws Anchorage, Ala.
Omar Craddock JR Florida Jumps Killeen, Texas
Derek Drouin RS SR Indiana Jumps/Cmb. Events Corunna, Ontario
Tim Glover SR Illinois State Javelin Normal, Ill.
Kennedy Kithuka JR Texas Tech Distance Thika, Kenya
Erik Kynard SR Kansas State High Jump Toledo, Ohio
Lawi Lalang JR Arizona Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Alexander Ziegler SR Virginia Tech Throws Dischingen, Germany

 

QUICKLY – The Watch List

Harry Adams, Auburn

This Season: Currently ranks fifth in the 60 meters with a time of 6.64 set at his season-debut at the Auburn Indoor Invitational, a race in which he finished runner-up by .01 to teammate Marcus Rowland.

Last Season: Finished runner-up in the 100 meters at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, recording a 2012 collegiate-best 9.96 in the semifinals. His time of 9.96 made him the fifth-fastest American in 2012 and the 14th-fastest in the world, and he was the only collegian to run the 100 in fewer than ten seconds. Won the 200 meters at the Miami Hurricane Alumni Invitational earlier in the season in 20.10, making him the fastest collegian in the event. The mark put him third among Americans and 10th in the world in 2012.

Curtis Beach, Duke

This Season: Has not competed in 2012-13.

Last Season: Won the heptathlon at the 2012 Indoor National Championships with a school-record score of 6,138, which ranked as the fourth-best heptathlon score in the world in 2012 and the third-best all-time collegiate score. Clinched a comeback victory in the event by running a heptathlon all-time world best 2:23.63 in the 1000 meters. Earned outdoor All-America honors in the 800 and the long jump. Was Duke’s top indoor performer in five events, and its top outdoor performer in six events. Competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympics Team Trials in the decathlon, finishing 11th.

Jordan Clarke, Arizona State

This Season: Won the shot put at the Lumberjack Challenge with a nation-leading mark of 67-6¾ (20.59). Has won six straight events against collegians indoors dating back to 2011-12.

Last Season: Has won three consecutive NCAA shot put championships with outdoor titles in 2011 and 2012 and an indoor title in 2012. Won the NCAA indoor title with a career-best throw of 68-5¼ (20.86m) on his final attempt, giving him not only the title but the best mark by a collegian during the collegiate season. The mark made him the ninth-best American in the event in 2012. Won the 2012 NCAA outdoor title by more than two feet with a career-best mark of 66-11¼ (20.40m).

Omar Craddock, Florida

This Season: Ranks second in the nation in the triple jump with a mark of 53-3¼ (16.26m), which came in his only triple jump competition of the season in a runner-up showing at the Razorback Invitational. Recorded three of the top five jumps in the nation – all farther than 53 feet – at the Razorback Invitational.

Last Season: Won 2012 NCAA triple jump individual championships both indoors and outdoors. Won the indoor title with a mark of 54-11½ (16.75m), which made him the top collegian and the fifth-best American of 2012. Won the outdoor triple jump with a wind-aided mark of 55-6¼ (16.92m). Is a three-time indoor All-American and a two-time outdoor All-American in the triple jump. Finished fourth in the triple jump at the 2012 U.S. Olympics Team Trials, narrowly missing an Olympic berth.

Derek Drouin, Indiana

This Season: Cleared a nation-leading 7-6 (2.29m) in the high jump at the Indiana Relays. Cleared a nation-leading 7-6 (2.29m) in the high jump at the Indiana Relays. Has won his past four indoor events against collegians dating back to the 2011-12 season.

Last Season: Bronze medalist for Canada in the high jump in a three-way tie at the 2012 London Olympics, giving the Canadians their first men’s medal since 1996 and the first jumping medal since 1976. Has won three NCAA high jump individual championships, and most recently finished runner-up at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Won indoor high jump titles in 2010 and 2011, in addition to an outdoor title in 2011. Is a five-time Big Ten Champion in the high jump. His clearance of 7-7 (2.31m) at the 2012 Big Ten Outdoor Championships tied him as the 12th-best jumper in the world in 2012.

Tim Glover, Illinois State

This Season: Has not competed in 2012-13.

Last Season: Was a Bowerman semifinalist in 2012. Won both the 2011 and 2012 NCAA javelin individual championships. Threw a career-best 268-0 (81.70m) at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships to make him the fourth-best American javelin thrower of 2012 and the mark was the best by a collegian during the collegiate season. Was named the 2012 USTFCCCA Male Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year. Won a gold medal in the javelin at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 championships in 2012, and finished sixth at the 2012 U.S. Olympics Team Trials.

Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech

This Season: Has gone undefeated in 10 consecutive races dating back to cross country season. Ran the nation’s second-fastest 3000 at the Meyo Invitational in 7:50.26. Is currently 12th in the mile with a 3:59.53 and is a member of the sixth-ranked DMR team. Won the 2012 NCAA DI Cross Country Championship in his first season at Texas Tech after transferring from Wayland Baptist University. Went undefeated in seven meets in 2012 en route to Big 12 and Mountain Regional championships and set four course records, including a 28:31.3 at the NCAA National Championship Meet at the E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Ky. Became the first individual men’s cross country champion in Texas Tech history. Claimed 11 individual NAIA National Championships in three track & field seasons and two cross country seasons at Wayland Baptist.

Erik Kynard, Kansas State

This Season: Has won 21 of his past 23 events – indoors and outdoors – against collegians dating back to the 2010-11 season. Leads the nation in the high jump with a mark of 7-6 (2.29m), set at the Wildcat Invitational. has also recorded a clearance of 7-4¼ (2.24m).

Last Season: Bowerman semifinalist in 2012. Silver medalist for the United States in the high jump at the 2012 London Olympics. Won back-to-back NCAA outdoor high jump championships in 2011 and 2012. His winning mark of 7-8 (2.34m) at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships made him the second-best American in the event in 2012, and the seventh-best in the world. Has won five consecutive events against collegians and 19 of his past 23. He is a four-time Big 12 Champion in the high jump.

Lawi Lalang, Arizona

This Season:Appears on the Bowerman Watch List for the 10th time, most among all active student-athletes and fifth all-time. Became the third-fastest performer in the 3000 in collegiate history when he clocked a solo 7:42.79 at the Razorback Invitational to win by 15 seconds over the then-No. 2 performer in DI. Has won five of his six races dating back to cross country season.

Last Season: Won three individual championships during the 2011-2012 academic year, including the individual 2011 NCAA Cross Country Championship and the 2012 indoor 3000 and 5000 meter titles. Set the collegiate record in the 5000 with a 13:08.28 at the 2012 Millrose Games, and set school records in the 1500, the mile, the 3000 and the 5000. Earned back-to-back Pac-10/12 1500 titles and MPSF 3000 titles in 2011 and 2012. Earned fist-team All-America honors in the 5000 in both 2011 and 2012, and second-team honors in the 1500.

Alexander Ziegler, Virginia Tech

This Season: In his lone competition this season, won the weight throw with a mark of 70-9¼ (21.57m). Currently ranks No. 2 in the nation in the weight throw. Has won six of his last seven events against collegians dating back to the beginning of the 2012 outdoor season.

Last Season: Won the NCAA hammer throw title back-to-back in 2011 and 2012. Launched a personal-best mark of 248-7 (75.78m) at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships to claim the title. Won the 2011 title on his last attempt with a season-best throw of 237-7 (72.69), and finished runner-up in his freshman season in 2010. Has earned All-American honors in each of his six seasons as a Hokie, with indoor All-American finishes in the weight throw from 2010-2012.

Also Receiving Mention

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Shawn Barber FR Akron Pole Vault Kingwood, Texas
Mike Berry JR Oregon Sprints Seattle, Wash.
Marvin Bracy FR Florida St. Sprints Orlando, Fla.
Casimir Loxsom SR Penn St. Middle Distance New Haven, Conn.
Jack Whitt SR Oral Roberts Pole Vault Norman, Okla.

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.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

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.