Irwin, Lazas, Lovett & Webb Join Post-Indoor Bowerman Watch List

March 13, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – The post-indoor track & field edition of The Bowerman Watch List, released Wednesday by The Bowerman Watch List Committee, features four new faces to 2013 and a whole slew of individual titles and historic performances.

Arizona’s Lawi Lalang, making his 12th appearance on the Bowerman Watch List, is fresh off a second consecutive indoor season in which he won two titles at the NCAA Championships, this time with crowns for the mile at 3000. He won both events in meet-record times.

Including Lalang’s two titles, the Watch List combined for nine indoor titles.

Arkansas sophomore vaulter Andrew Irwin made his first appearance of 2013 on the Watch List and his fifth overall. Other newcomers Kevin Lazas of Arkansas, Eddie Lovett of Florida and Ameer Webb of Texas A&M appeared on the Watch List for the first time in their careers.

With the inclusion of Lovett, Florida has now put seven different student-athletes on the Watch List – most of any program all time. Arkansas and Texas A&M are next at four apiece.

The SEC is well-represented with half of the Watch List hailing from that conference. The Big 12, with two, is the only other conference with multiple Watch Listers.

The Bowerman Official Watch List, Post-Indoor 2013

(Updated March 13, 2013. Listed in alphabetical order by last name.)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Marquis Dendy SO Florida Jumps Middletown, Del.
Derek Drouin RS SR Indiana Jumps/Cmb. Events Corunna, Ontario
Tim Glover SR Illinois State Javelin Normal, Ill.
Andrew Irwin SO Arkansas Pole Vault Mount Ida, Ark.
Kennedy Kithuka JR Texas Tech Distance Thika, Kenya
Erik Kynard SR Kansas State High Jump Toledo, Ohio
Lawi Lalang JR Arizona Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Kevin Lazas JR Arkansas Combined Events Brentwood, Tenn.
Eddie Lovett JR Florida Hurdles West Palm Beach, Fla.
Ameer Webb SR Texas A&M Sprints Tustin, Calif.

 

QUICKLY – THE WATCH LIST

Marquis Dendy, Florida

This Season: Won the NCAA Indoor long jump with a mark of 27-2 (8.28m), making him the sixth-best performer in collegiate history, and jumped 27-0 (8.23m) on another attempt. Finished fourth in the NCAA Indoor triple jump at 53-1¾ (16.20m). Recorded a then-collegiate-best long jump mark of 2013 with a 27-1 (8.25m) in winning the SEC Individual Championship in the event. He surpassed 27 feet twice in the competition, and recorded another just a quarter of an inch shy. He is the only collegiate jumper to surpass 27 feet this season.

Derek Drouin, Indiana

This Season: Earned 2013 DI National Indoor Field Athlete of the Year honors. Won the NCAA Indoor title in the high jump with a No. 2 all-time collegiate mark and Canadian record of 7-8½ (2.35m) without missing through seven heights. Nearly cleared but missed on three attempts at a collegiate-record 7-9¾ (2.38m) at the Indoor Championships. Cleared a then-nation-leading 7-7¼ (2.32m) in the high jump at the Hoosier Hills Open, good for the tenth-best clearance in collegiate history. Set the all-time world-best in the heptathlon high jump with a clearance of 7-6½ (2.30m). Won the Big Ten title in the high jump with a mark of 7-5 (2.26m) and finished third in the heptathlon (5,817) with the eighth-best collegiate score this season. Has won his past seven indoor high jump events against collegians dating back to the 2011-12 season.

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.

Andrew Irwin, Arkansas

This Season: Won the NCAA Indoor title in the pole vault with a clearance of 18-8¼ (5.70m), placing him in a tie for eighth on the all-time collegiate performer list. Defeated competition at the NCAA Championships by two heights and 3¾ inches. Won five of his six indoor pole vault competitions this season, including an SEC title.

Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech

This Season: Won the NCAA Indoor title at 5000 meters, winning in a collegiate-leading 13:25.38. Also ran the nation’s fastest time at 5000 meters in 13:26.65 in a solo effort at the Tyson Invitational – more than 10 seconds faster than the next-best time. Ran 7:50.26 over 3000 meters at the Meyo Invitational. Won 2013 Big 12 individual titles at both 3000 and 5000 meters.

Cross Country: 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: Finished third on misses at the NCAA Indoor high jump with a mark of 7-6 (2.29m). Posted a then-collegiate-leading mark of 7-7¾ (2.33m) at the KSU Open, tying his indoor career-best and No. 3 all-time collegiate mark. Has won each of his five events this season and 24 of his past 26 events – indoors and outdoors – against collegians dating back to the 2010-11 season. Claimed the 2013 Big 12 high jump individual title with a mark of 7-7 (2.31m), defeating the field by more than five inches. Has cleared heights of 7-6 or higher in five of his six events this season.

Lawi Lalang, Arizona

This Season: Earned 2013 DI National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year honors. Appears on the Bowerman Watch List for the 12th time, most among all active student-athletes and fifth all-time. Completed an NCAA Indoor double championship in the mile and at 3000 meters, both of which were in meet-record fashion: 3:54.74 for the mile and 7:45.94 at 3000 meters. First to complete this double since Bernard Lagat of Washington State in 1999. Ran the third-fastest indoor mile in collegiate history when he finished fifth overall and second among collegians at the Millrose Games with a 3:54.56. 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.

Kevin Lazas, Arkansas

This Season: Won the NCAA indoor title in the heptathlon with a score of 6,175, making him the third-best performer in collegiate history and giving him the fourth-best score. Posted the highest heptathlon score of the 2013 indoor collegiate season, and two of the top six scores with a 6,024 point effort at the Razorback Invitational. Won three components of the NCAA indoor heptathlon (pole vault – 17-8½/5.40m; 60 meters – 6.90; shot put – 49-2½/15.00m) and also set personal bests in three components.

Eddie Lovett, Florida

This Season: Ran the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history at 7.50 en route to an NCAA indoor title in the 60 hurdles, breaking the previous meet record of 7.51 held by Aries Merritt of Tennessee in 2006. Became the third-fastest all-time collegiate performer in the 60 hurdles with the fourth-fastest time. Also ran a 7.53 in the prelims at the NCAA indoors, and a 7.54 at the SEC Championships. Won five of six hurdles events (one at 55 meters) this season, including an SEC title.

Ameer Webb, Texas A&M

This Season: Defended his NCAA indoor title at 200 meters with a time of 20.42, after running a 20.37 that made him the eighth-fastest performer in collegiate history. Ran the two fastest times in the collegiate ranks this season with his performances at the NCAA indoor championships.

Also Receiving Mention

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Harry Adams SR Auburn Sprints Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Mike Berry JR Oregon Sprints Seattle, Wash.
D’Angelo Cherry SR Mississippi State Sprints Jonesboro, Ga.
Jordan Clarke RS SR Arizona State Throws Anchorage, Ala.
Alexander Ziegler SR Virginia Tech Throws Dischingen, Germany

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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.

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