Men’s Semifinalist Info

Men’s Semifinalists

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Freshman
Hurdles

Phoenix, Ariz.
Brophy Prep HS

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Devon Allen, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: One of three true freshmen in 2014 to be named a semifinalist — the most in award history … Along with teammate Devon Allen, gives Oregon four semifinalists since the first time Semifinalists were named in 2010, second-most by a program behind Florida’s seven … Second time Oregon has had multiple Semifinalists since the first time Semifinalists were named in 2010: Winner Ahston Eaton and Finalist Andrew Wheating in 2010.

Outdoor: Won the 110-meter hurdles title in an NCAA meet-record 13.16 (+1.3m/s) to move to No. 2 on the all-time collegiate performers list with the No. 3 performance … Ranked No. 3 in the world for 2014.

Won his heat of the 110-meter hurdles at the West Prelims in 13.27, which at the time put him at No. 9 on the all-time performers list for collegians … Finished runner-up both in the 110-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles, the latter in a career-best 51.19 … Also ran legs of the runner-up 4×100 and 4×400 relays at the Pac-12 Championships.

Indoor: Finished 3rd in the 60-meter hurdles at the MPSF Championships.

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Freshman
Sprints

St. Petersburg, Fla.
Gibbs HS

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Trayvon Bromell, Baylor

The Bowerman Notes: One of three true freshmen in 2014 to be named a semifinalist — the most in award history … First student-athlete from Baylor to be named a Semifinalist for The Bowerman.

Outdoor: Won the 100 meters title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in a World Junior Record 9.97 (+1.8m/s) to become the first teenager in the history of the world to break 10 seconds in the event and move to No. 6 in the world for 2014 … Previously held a share of the World Junior Record at 10.01 … Ran a wind-aided 9.92 in the semifinal.

Won the Big 12 title at 100 meters in 9.77w (+4.2m/s) for the No. 3 spot on the all-time, all-conditions collegiate list after running a wind-legal 10.09 in the prelims … That time is the no. 2 all-conditions mark in the world for 2014 … Won the Texas Relays 100 meters crown in a wind-legal 10.01 … Also notched a victory at the Drake Relays and finished as the top collegian at the Florida Relays.

Indoor: Finished 10th at 60 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships … Finished third at 10 meters and fifth at 200 meters at the Big 12 Championships.

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Freshman
Distance

Newark, N.J.
St. Benedict Prep

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Edward Cheserek, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: One of three true freshmen in 2014 to be named a semifinalist — the most in award history … Along with teammate Devon Allen, gives Oregon four semifinalists since the first time Semifinalists were named in 2010, second-most by a program behind Florida’s seven … Second time Oregon has had multiple Semifinalists since the first time Semifinalists were named in 2010: Winner Ahston Eaton and Finalist Andrew Wheating in 2010.

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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Junior
Throws

Boring, Ore.
Barlow HS

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Ryan Crouser, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearances as a Semifinalist for The Bowerman … Crouser’s appearance puts 10 schools that have been represented by more than one Semifinalist since the first time Semifinalists were named in 2010, when considering Johannes Hock’s appearance last season.

Outdoor: Won the shot put title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships with the a heave of 69-3½, moving him to No. 13 on the all-time NCAA Championships performers list … Was unable to compete in the discus with a foot injury suffered on his final shot put attempt.

One of only two collegiate men ranked among the top 10 in both the shot put and discus … Collegiate leader in the shot put with a Big 12-winning heave of 70-2¼ (21.39m), good for No. 6 in the world … Owns the top eight collegiate marks of the 2014 outdoor season … Recorded a win at the Texas Relays with a then-career-best mark of 69-9½ (21.27m) … Ranked No. 7 in the discus with a career-best winning throw of 209-8 (63.90m) at the Big 12 Championships.

Indoor: Won the shot put title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships with a winning mark of 69-7 (21.21m) by nearly four feet over runner-up Stephen Mozia of Cornell … each of his five legal throws would have earned him the national title, including two more that were farther than 68-11¼ (21.01m) … Collegiate leader in the shot put with a winning mark of 69-8 (21.23m) at the New Mexico Classic, just one centimeter shy of the all-time indoor collegiate top-10 performers list and good for No. 6 on the 2014 world performers list … Won the Big 12 shot put title with a heave of 67-8¼ (20.63m) by nearly three feet over 2013 indoor national runner-up Kole Weldon of Texas Tech. Undefeated in three shot put competitions in 2014.

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Junior
Horizontal Jumps

Middletown, Del.
Middletown HS

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Marquis Dendy, Florida

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … Dendy and teammate Dedric Dukes combined bring Florida’s all-time Semifinalist total to a nation-leading seven dating back to the first time Semifinalists were named in 2010 … Texas with five is next on the list … Third time Florida has had multiple Semifinalists: 2010 (Jeff Demps, Christian Taylor) and 2011 (Christian Taylor, Will Claye)

Outdoor: Won both the long jump and triple jump titles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, becoming the first to do that since Walter Davis of LSU in 2002 … Won the triple jump title by nearly two feet with a wind-aided leap of 55-11¼w (17.05m, +3.1m/s) … Claimed the long jump by nearly a foot with a mark of 26-3 (8.00m).

Won the triple jump title at the SEC Championships, and finished 10th in the long jump … Won the long jump at the Texas Relays.

Indoor: Qualified to the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in the long jump before finishing 16th. Finished 4th in the SEC indoor long jump and 11th in the triple jump.

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Junior
Sprints

Miami, Fla.
Booker T. Washington HS

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Dedric Dukes, Florida

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … Dukes and teammate Marquis Dendy combined bring Florida’s all-time Semifinalist total to a nation-leading seven dating back to the award’s inception in 2009 … Texas with five is next on the list … Third time Florida has had multiple Semifinalists: 2010 (Jeff Demps, Christian Taylor) and 2011 (Christian Taylor, Will Claye)

Outdoor: Won at 200 meters in a barely wind-aided 19.91w (+2.1m/s) for the fourth-fastest time in meet history under all conditions … Rallied the Gators to a 4×100 meters title with a late surge on the anchor leg in 38.73 … Ran a leg of the Gators’ 4×400 relay team with a third-leg split of 44.59.

Finished third at 200 meters at the SEC Championships, and fourth at 100 meters … Won the Florida Relays 200 meters with a then-world-leading 19.97 (-0.6 m/s) — still No. 3 — to move to No. 8 on the all-time college performers list as one of just nine men in collegiate history to post a wind-legal sub-20 performance in the event … Ran a leg of Florida’s 4×400 relay that posted the second fastest time in collegiate history at 2:59.73 to win the Florida Relays … Finished seventh in the Florida Relays 100 meters in a personal-best 10.27 (-1.8m/s) … Finished fourth at 400 meters at the Tom Jones Memorial in a career-best 45.66.

Indoor: Finished runner-up over 200 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 20.34 after running a prelims-best 20.66 … Finished runner-up at the SEC Championships at 200 meters in 20.61 after running the top prelims time in 20.55.

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Senior
Distance

Eldoret, Kenya
Emining HS

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Lawi Lalang, Arizona

The Bowerman Notes: Is the lone repeat Semifinalist from a year ago, and the only senior to be named a Semifinalist in 2014 … Not since Semifinalists were first named in 2010 has just one senior been named as such … Is just the sixth man to be named a Semifinalist twice (Sam Chelanga, Liberty; Maurice Mitchell, Florida State; Christain Taylor, Florida; Kirani James, Alabama; Erik Kynard, Kansas State)

Will attempt to become just the second male student-athlete to repeat as a Finalist … The other, Ashton Eaton of Oregon, won The Bowerman in his second appearance in 2010.

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

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … Lendore is the third man from Texas A&M to have been named a Semifinalist, and the third in the past two years.

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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Sophomore
Mid-Distance

Windsor, Ontario
W.F. Herman HS

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Brandon McBride, Mississippi State

The Bowerman Notes: First appearance as a Semifinalist … First male student-athlete from Mississippi State to have been named a Semifinalist.

Outdoor: Won the 800 meters title at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 1:46.26.

Won the SEC Outdoor title at 800 meters in 1:47.59 after running 1:47.13 in the prelims … Was the top collegian at the Mt. SAC Relays in 1:45.35 for the 2014 collegiate leader … Unbeaten in three finals at 800 meters

Indoor: Won the NCAA Division I Indoor title at 800 meters in 1:48.17 … Won the 800 meters title at the Armory Invitational as part of an unbeaten indoor campaign in three finals at his signature distance.

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Junior
Distance

Nairobi, Kenya
Koiwa HS

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Anthony Rotich, UTEP

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist … Rotich is the first man from Conference USA to have been named a Semifinalist since Semifinalists were first named in 2010.

Outdoor: Won the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships in 8:32.21, becoming the first man in Division I history to win both the steeplechase national title outdoors and the mile national title indoors.

Won Conference USA titles in the steeplechase and at both 1500 and 5000 meters … Finished runner-up overall and first among collegians in the Payton Jordan Invitational steeplechase in a collegiate-leading 8:30.54 for the No. 23 time in the world in 2014 … Won the UTEP Invitational in 3:42.55 altitude, which converts to 3:39.16 for qualifying … Won the steeplechase at the Texas Relays in 8:38.68, where he also ran a leg of the Miners’ runner-up distance medley relay … Ran a leg of UTEP’s winning distance medley relay team at the Drake Relays.

Indoor: Claimed the national title in the mile at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in 4:02.54 to defeat defending champion, collegiate record-holder and rival Watch List member Lawi Lalang of Arizona by less than a third of a second, as well as defending outdoor 1500 meters champion Mac Fleet of Oregon by less than half a second … Won the mile, 3000 meters and 5000 meters at the Conference USA Championships.

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