2014 Men’s Finalists for The Bowerman

2014 Men’s Finalists for The Bowerman

Men’s Finalists

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Freshman
Distance

Newark, N.J.
St. Benedict Prep

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Edward Cheserek, Oregon

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Outdoor: Won the 10,000 meters title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, and finished runner-up at 5000 meters to 2013 The Bowerman Finalist Lawi Lalang in a sprint to the finish … His runner-up time at 5000 meters in 13:18.71 moved him to No. 7 on the all-time collegiate list, making him the fastest-ever freshman … Claimed the 10,000 meters title in 28:30.18.

Finished runner-up by .16 of a second to 2013 The Bowerman Finalist Lawi Lalang of Arizona at 1500 meters at the Pac-12 Championships, recording a time of 3:36.50 for the No. 9 performance in collegiate history … Ran legs of the winning 4xMile (3:56.4 split) and distance medley (3:57.98 1600 meters split) relays at the Penn Relays … Won the Oregon Relays 5000 meters in 13:46.77 in an effort to attain a West Preliminaries qualifying time … Ran a 28:51.97 in his debut at 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational to finish 21st in an effort to attain a West Preliminaries qualifying time.

Indoor: Swept both the 3000 and 5000 meter titles at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, becoming the sixth man in Division I history to accomplish that feat … Outkicked rival The Bowerman Watch List member and 2013 The Bowemran Finalist Lawi Lalang of Arizona to win the 5000 meters title by six seconds in 13:46.67, and again used a late burst of speed to win at 3000 meters by two seconds over Oklahoma State’s Kirubel Erassa in 8:11.59 … finished his debut indoor campaign undefeated in two races at 5000 meters and two more at 3000 meters, including an MPSF title.

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Senior
Distance

Eldoret, Kenya
Emining HS

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Lawi Lalang, Arizona

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Outdoor: Won the 5000 meters title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in a meet-record 13:18.36 at the end of a 200-meter sprint over rival Semifinalist Edward Cheserek of Oregon … The race was the fastest ever in meet history … Lalang is now No. 4 on the all-time collegiate list … Finished runner-up at 1500 meters in 3:39.13 to defending champion Mac Fleet of Oregon by just .04.

Top-ranked collegian at 1500 meters – and No. 7 collegian all-time – in 3:36.34 after outdueling rival Semifinalist Edward Cheserek of Oregon for the Pac-12 title by just .16 of a second … Ranked No. 13 at 5000 meters with a Pac-12-winning 13:41.4 … Won both the 1500 meters (3:41.88) and 3000 meters (8:05.61) and finished fourth at 800 meters (1:52.06) at the Arizona-Arizona State-Northern Arizona double dual… Finished runner-up over 1500 meters at the Pepsi Dual to defending NCAA Division I 1500 meters champion Mac Fleet of Oregon in 3:44.79 in his first race of the outdoor season.

Indoor: Finished as the runner-up both in the mile and at 5000 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, falling to rival Watch List members Anthony Rotich of UTEP in the former and Edward Cheserek of Oregon in the latter … Broke the indoor mile collegiate record with a 3:52.88 runner-up effort in the Millrose Games’ Wanamaker Mile, giving him the world’s second-fastest mile in 2014 … Collegiate leader at 3000 meters (7:44.20) in a win at the Washington Invitational, giving him the seventh-fastest indoor all-conditions time in collegiate history … ranked No. 4 among collegians at 5000 meters with a 13:41.58 win at the MPSF Championships.

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Junior
Sprints

Arima, Trinidad and Tobago
Queen’s Royal College

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Deon Lendore, Texas A&M

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Outdoor: Won the 400 meters title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 45.02 by .05 over Oregon’s Mike Berry … Anchored the Aggies’ winning 4×400 relay to a meet-record 2:59.60 with a split of 44.11 – the 12-fastest anchor in meet history … ran the anchor leg of the runner-up 4×100 relay.

Won the SEC 400 meters title in a collegiate-leading 44.36 for the No. 3 spot on the world performers list for 2014 and the No. 8 spot on the all-time college performers list … Is the only collegiate man to have dipped under 45 seconds this outdoor season, which he has done twice in just three finals … Split 44.2 to anchor Texas A&M’s winning 4×400 relay at the SEC meet and anchored the winning 4×100 relay … Ran a then-world-leading 44.90 in his 2014 outdoor 400 meters debut at the Arizona State Sun Angel Classic … Split 44.7 as the anchor of the Aggies’ 4×400 relay at Sun Angel to put Texas A&M at No. 2 on the national qualifying list at 3:02.67 … Ran a leg of Texas A&M’s winning 4×200 relay at the Penn Relays and their fourth-place 4×400 relay.

Indoor: Won the 400 meters national title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in 45.21 by a quarter of a second over runner-up Vernon Norwood of LSU … defeated former The Bowerman Watch List member Arman Hall of Florida in his final section by nearly a third of a second … ran the fastest preliminary time in 45.60 … Collegiate and world leader at 400 meters with his 45.03 win in the SEC Championships final, which equaled Torrin Lawrence of Georgia (2010) for No. 4 on the all-time indoor collegiate list … Owns three of the six fastest times in the world for 2014 at 400 meters … Undefeated in 2014 in four finals at 400 meters — three against rival Arman Hall of Florida — and another at 200 meters … Anchored the Aggies’ collegiate-record 4×400 team (3:03.20) with a 44.63 split … Ran a 44.57 split — fourth-fastest ever indoors, per Texas A&M — on the Aggies’ third-place 4×400 relay team at the Razorback Team Invitational

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