McBride, Yorks Added To May Edition Of The Bowerman Men’s Watch List

NEW ORLEANS — A pattern was restored in the men’s version of The Bowerman Watch List when the most recent iteration was released Thursday afternoon.

Ever since the first Watch List of the 2016 collegiate track & field season debuted on January 7, there have been at least two mid-distance runners among the 10 men talented enough to be honored by The Bowerman Watch List Committee.

That all changed two weeks ago when the committee replaced Texas A&M’s Donavan Brazier and Akron’s Clayton Murphy — the 2016 NCAA Indoor 800-meter champ — sat all by his lonesome.

Well, Murphy is no longer alone as Mississippi State’s Brandon McBride and Washington’s Izaic Yorks joined the ranks of the elite following their outstanding performances this past weekend. This is McBride’s second time on the Watch List this season (January 7), while this is Yorks’ coming-out party.

In total, there are three mid-distance standouts to go along with two throwers (Sam Mattis and Nick Miller), one hurdler (Devon Allen), one sprinter (Ronnie Baker), one distance star (Edward Cheserek), one long jumper-sprinter (Jarrion Lawson) and one man who does it all (Zach Ziemek).

The Bowerman Men’s Watch List —

May 2016

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Devon Allen RS SO Oregon Hurdles Phoenix, Ariz.
Ronnie Baker JR TCU Sprints Louisville, Ky.
Edward Cheserek JR Oregon Distance Newark, N.J.
Jarrion Lawson SR Arkansas Jumps Texarkana, Texas
Sam Mattis SR Penn Throws East Brunswick, N.J.
Brandon McBride SO Mississippi State Distance Windsor, Ontario
Nick Miller SR (o) Oklahoma State Throws Carlisle, England
Clayton Murphy JR Akron Mid-Distance New Paris, Ohio
Izaic Yorks SR Washington Mid-Distance Lakewood, Wash.
Zach Ziemek SR Wisconsin Combined Events Itasca, Ill.
Also Receiving Votes: Christian Coleman, Tennessee; Ryan Crouser, Texas; Mason Ferlic, Michigan; Fred Kerley, Texas A&M; Ioannis Kyriazis, Texas A&M; Karl Saluri, Georgia.
 
Next Men’s Watch List: Thursday, May 19

Many wondered when McBride — a two-time NCAA champion in 2014 — would return to his old form after a slow start to 2016. The Canadian from Windsor, Ontario put those questions to rest at the Jace LaCoste Invitational when he ran the third fastest time over 800 meters in collegiate history (1:44.63).

In becoming the fastest collegian in the month of April, McBride now trails Jim Ryun (converted 1:44.3) and Julius Achon (1:44.55) on the all-time chart. McBride also dropped his outdoor personal best by more than a second in the process.

Yorks’ breakthrough has been more gradual, starting indoors where he ran the second fastest mile in collegiate history regardless of conditions (3:53.89) and anchored a gutsy DMR effort at NCAAs. Then Yorks turned his attention outdoors and blew the doors off a talented field in the 1500-meter run at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

It was in Palo Alto, California where Yorks beat several battle-tested Olympians (Mo Ahmed, Henrik Ingebrigtsen, Evan Jager and Lopez Lomong) as well as another strong collegian (Oregon’s Blake Haney) and finished in an NCAA-leading time of 3:37.74.

As far as the other eight men on the Watch List go, they haven’t done anything to hurt their status. Only Miller has yet to compete this outdoor season and hasn’t donned an Oklahoma State uniform since the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.

Six men are on the cusp of joining or rejoining the Watch List but didn’t receive enough votes to be included: Tennessee’s Christian Coleman, Texas’ Ryan Crouser, Michigan’s Mason Ferlic, Texas A&M’s Fred Kerley, Texas A&M’s Ioannis Kyriazis and Georgia’s Karl Saluri. Crouser and Kyriazis were on the last version of the Watch List (April 21).

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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.

Oregon’s Jenna Prandini and Florida’s Marquis Dendy 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, four-time World Champion and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters Jenny Simpson (2009), 2013 100-meter hurdles World Champion Brianna Rollins (2013) as well as 2012 Olympic high jump bronze medalist and 2015 World Champion Derek Drouin (2013).

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