Lalang Moves Into a Tie for Most All-Time The Bowerman Men’s Watch List Appearances

March 5, 2014   

NEW ORLEANS – After a month that saw him break the collegiate mile record and qualify to the NCAA Indoor Championships in three distance events, Arizona’s Lawi Lalang was a lock to appear for the third time this season on the Men’s Watch List for The Bowerman ahead of NCAAs.

While this single appearance is certainly nothing new for the 2013 Finalist for The Bowerman, it marks his 19th time as a member, tying Florida’s Jeff Demps for the most by a man since the Watch List’s inception in 2010.

His 3:52.88 runner-up showing in the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games in mid-February marked the first collegiate record of 2014 in an individual event contested at the NCAA Championships. He didn’t topple his own collegiate indoor 5000 meters record from 2012 at the MPSF Championships this past weekend, but his 13:41.58 was good enough for the No. 4 seed into the NCAA Championships.

Those two performances, along with the top-ranked 3000 meters performance, give him the opportunity to become the first man in NCAA Division I indoor history to win three individual titles at a single championship meet.

He is the two-time defending champion at 3000 meters, the defending champion in the mile, and a 2012 champion at 5000 meters. He will likely face rival Watch List member Anthony Rotich of UTEP, the second seed, in the mile.

Along with Lalang, much of the Watch List carried over from February, with Wisconsin thrower Michael Lihrman the only new addition. He takes over the spot held previously by Texas A&M’s Wayne Davis II.

The Bowerman Men’s Watch List –
Pre-NCAA Indoor Championships 2014

(Click student-athletes’ names for biographies)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Ryan Crouser JR Texas Throws Gresham, Ore.
Arman Hall SO Florida Sprints Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Johannes Hock SO Texas Combined Events Cologne, Germany
Sam Kendricks JR Mississippi Pole Vault Oxford, Miss.
Lawi Lalang SR Arizona Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Deon Lendore JR Texas A&M Sprints Arima, Trinidad & Tobago
Michael Lihrman JR Wisconsin Throws Rice Lake, Wis.
Nick Ross RS SR Arizona Jumps Murrieta, Calif.
Anthony Rotich JR UTEP Distance Nairobi, Kenya
Julian Wruck RS SR UCLA Throws Brisbane, Australia
 
Also Receiving Votes: Wayne Davis II (Texas A&M); Edward Kemboi (Iowa State); Eddie Lovett (Florida); Michael Stigler (Kansas)

 

Lihrman became the top weight thrower in NCAA Division I history with a mark of 79-7½ (24.27m), and followed that up with a Big Ten title in the event over former Watch List "also receiving votes" member Chukwuebuka Enekwechi of Purdue.

He is the top qualifier in the weight throw to the NCAA Championships.

Lalang vs. Rotich isn’t the only head-to-head The Bowerman match-up with a national title on the line.

Quickly growing as one of the top rivalries in the NCAA, Texas A&M’s Deon Lendore and Florida’s Arman Hall are likely to square off individually at 400 meters and as part of their programs’ 4×400 relay teams as the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in both events, respectively.

Lendore has topped Hall twice at 400 meters this season, including at the SEC Championships this past weekend. Lendore won in 45.03 to equal the fourth spot on the all-time indoor collegiate performers list, while Hall was runner-up in 45.28 for the No. 7 spot all-time.

Lendore’s Aggies again edged Hall’s Gators in the 4×400 relay as Lendore anchored A&M to a collegiate-record 3:03.20 and Hall brought the Gators home in second to tie the previous collegiate record of 3:03.50.

Hall is also the third seed at 200 meters.

Joining Lendore and Hall from the SEC is Sam Kendricks of Ole Miss. The trio boosts the SEC’s all-time total appearances on the Men’s Watch List to 114.

At second all-time, the Pac-12 kept pace with Lalang, teammate Nick Ross and 2013 Finalist Julian Wruck of UCLA for a total of 78.

The Big 12 remained third with the Texas duo of Ryan Crouser and Johannes Hock bringing its total to 57.

Biographies for each of the members of the Watch List can be found here.

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

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

Indiana’s Derek Drouin and Clemson’s Brianna Rollins are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman. In addition to their collegiate achievements, Rollins is the reigning World Champion in the 100 meter hurdles — an event for which she also holds the American Record — while Drouin has won bronze medals at both the 2012 Olympics and 2013 IAAF World Championships.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist, World Champion 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).

In total, the winners from the award’s first four years have won three Olympic Medalsfive World Championships (one relay, one indoor) and ten World Championships medals (two relay, one indoor). When considering finalists for the award, 13 individuals have earned a combined six Olympic medalssix World Championships (one relay, two indoor) and 20 World Championships medals (three realy, three indoor).

Former winners of and finalists for The Bowerman currently hold 21 national records. Each former winner of the men’s Bowerman Trophy holds at least two national records, while two of the five women’s winners are current national record-holders.

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.