Duo added to Bowerman list
NEW ORLEANS -- The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced on Wednesday their first update of the men’s watch list for collegiate track & field’s biggest award -- The Bowerman. Texas sophomore Marquise Goodwin and Florida junior Will Claye moved to watch list status for the first time in 2011.
Goodwin is the current-season collegiate leader in the long jump and is the defending outdoor national champion in the event. Claye leads the NCAA in the triple jump so far this season.
The watch list includes now includes five true sophomores, three who attend Florida, and two who are football players.
Also receiving mention by the watch list committee this update is Indiana’s Andy Bayer and Ramapo’s Craig Van Leeuwen.
Jeshua Anderson, Washington State
Senior, Hurdles, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft HS)
IN 2011: Through the early weeks is undefeated in five races in the 60-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash combined. His season best in the 400-meter dash of 47.12 places him in the collegiate top 25. The outdoor season is where Anderson is expected to shine when he can compete in his specialty event – the 400-meter hurdles.
PREVIOUSLY: Anderson, the NCAA 400-meter hurdle champion in 2008 and 2009, was the national runner-up in the same event in 2010. Only once last year was Anderson bested in the 400 hurdles and that was in the national final to South Carolina’s Johnny Dutch. In running a 48.63 for his third-straight Pac-10 title, Anderson recorded the second-best time by a collegian in 2010 and matched UCLA’s Kevin Young as the only to win three straight league crowns in the event.
Robby Andrews, Virginia
Sophomore, Distance, Englishtown, N.J. (Manalapan HS)
IN 2011: Has yet to compete. This upcoming weekend, Andrews will be running unattached and will rabbit Bernard Lagat’s attempt to break the American two-mile record in New York.
PREVIOUSLY: In his 2010 freshman campaign as an 800-meter specialist, Andrews was responsible for some of the more thrilling moments of the collegiate track & field season. Shortly after being named ACC Freshman of the Year after notching indoor conference crowns in the 800 and as anchor of the DMR, Andrews would gain quick national attention at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Andrews used a deadly kick to surge from seventh at the 600-meter split to first, nipping 2010 Bowerman finalist Andrew Wheating for the national indoor crown by a hundredth of a second. Andrews would go on to catch Wheating again in anchoring UVa to a 4×800-meter victory at the Penn Relays, but Wheating would take the tape to Andrews’ second at the NCAA outdoor meet. Over the summer, Andrews won bronze at the IAAF World Junior Championships, becoming one of the first two Americans to medal in middle-distance at the world junior games.
Sam Chelanga, Liberty
RS Senior, Distance, Nairobi, Kenya (Bartolimo HS/Fairleigh Dickinson)
IN 2011: In his first 5k of the indoor season, Chelanga recorded a then world-leading and current collegiate-leading time of 13:41.35 on his home 200-meter, flat track on January 29. Last weekend, Chelanga notched a would-be collegiate leader of 7:48.24 in the 3000 meters at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix where he finished fourth in a professional-loaded field. Because no collegians were involved in that competition, Chelanga still needs an NCAA qualifying mark in the 3k and will look to achieve that this weekend at Washington’s Flotrack Husky Classic.
PREVIOUSLY: Chelanga’s greatest successes in 2010 came at the 10,000-meter distance where he won his first NCAA track & field national title and established a new collegiate record. His NCAA title came by an 18-second margin, the largest margin of victory in the NCAA men’s final since 2002. In addition, Chelanga’s collegiate record time of 27:08.39, set May 1 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational, shattered his own collegiate standard by 20 seconds and finished No. 4 in the world for 2010. Chelanga also finished as the NCAA national runner-up in the 5000 meters, both indoors and outdoors. The pair of NCAA 5k finals were the only two individual races Chelanga lost to a collegiate opponent all year, and the setbacks came by a total of just 1.14 seconds. In the fall of 2010, Chelanga won his second-straight NCAA cross country crown.
Will Claye, Florida
Junior, Jumps, Phoenix, Ariz. (Mountain Pointe HS/Oklahoma)
IN 2011: Claye is so far 2-for-2 on the year in jumping competitions with a single win in both the long and triple jumps so far this season. The triple jump win on his final attempt at the Texas A&M Challenge on January 29 was with a collegiate-leading mark of 55-3¾ (16.86m). Look for Claye and teammate Christian Taylor at the Tyson Invitational this weekend.
PREVIOUSLY: Prior to 2011, Claye competed at Oklahoma where he won the 2009 NCAA outdoor triple jump crown and broke the Sooners’ school record with a personal-best mark of 56-4¾ (17.19m). Also in the summer of 2009, Claye won the USATF Junior national title and the Pan Am Junior games crown in the triple jump.
Jeff Demps, Florida
Sophomore (indoor)/Junior (outdoor), Sprints, Winter Garden, Fla. (South Lake HS)
IN 2011: Demps open the season last weekend at the Virginia Tech Elite Meet. Demps was near his personal best in the 60 with a 6.57 run in the event’s final to win. The 6.57 was the second-best time of his career. Demps is slated to run at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas this upcoming weekend.
PREVIOUSLY: Demps claimed the indoor 60-meter and outdoor 100-meter crowns in 2010, becoming only the 12th person in NCAA men’s DI history to accomplish the short-sprint sweep. Demps won the 100-meter final in a wind-aided 9.96 in June and set a new Florida record with a 6.56 clocking in the 60-meter national preliminaries in March. Demps added a national crown in anchoring the Gators’ 4×100-meter relay squad and notched SEC crowns with the 100 and 4×100.
Mason Finley, Kansas
Sophomore, Throws, Salida, Colo. (Buena Vista HS)
IN 2011: Finley has two wins in the books so far in 2011 in his signature event – the shot put. His opener, a 67-11½ (20.71m) heave to win at the Missouri-Kansas dual leads the rest of Division I by almost three feet. Last weekend, Finley won at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational with a mark of 66-11¼ (20.40m).
PREVIOUSLY: Finley staked claim as the next collegiate throwing phenom in 2010 with runner-up showings in the shot put and discus at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, finishing second to only Bowerman finalist Ryan Whiting in both events. Finley also topped highly competitive fields in winning the shot put-discus double at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships. \
Marquise Goodwin, Texas
Sophomore, Jumps/Sprints, Garland, Texas (Rowlett HS)
IN 2011: Goodwin with one long jump competition is on top of the collegiate world early-on in 2011. With a jump of 26-8½ (8.14m) on his second attempt at the Razorback Invitational back on January 29, Goodwin secured an NCAA-automatic qualifying mark and the top mark in the collegiate world by five inches. Most of Goodwin’s work so far this season has been on the sprint-straight where he has taken on the 60 meters. In the 60, Goodwin has recorded a win in the Arkansas-Texas dual and has a season-best of 6.75. This upcoming weekend, Goodwin will compete at New Mexico.
PREVIOUSLY: In 2010, Goodwin had a fantastic championship run during the outdoor season. The freshman won the Big 12 long jump title with a leap of 26-¾ (7.94m) and followed with a national title in the same event, leaping to 26-9 (8.15m) on his first attempt to win the NCAA crown by 10 inches. Also is a wide receiver for the Longhorn football team. In two years of work, Goodwin has a receiving touchdown, a punt-return touchdown, and has amassed 1,046 all-purpose yards.
Walter Henning, LSU
Senior, Throws, Kings Park, N.Y. (St. Anthony’s HS)
IN 2011: Henning continues not to miss in the weight throw. The LSU strongman has won eight-straight against collegiate competitions with the 35-lb. weight – two of which has come in starting the 2011 season. In the dual with Texas A&M, Henning jumped to the front of the collegiate leaderboard with a heave of 72-3¾ (22.04m). Last weekend, Henning added to the season best with a 72-7 (22.12m) mark in placing as the first collegian at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. Henning’s personal best in the event is 78-1 (23.80m).
PREVIOUSLY: Very few dominated their events in 2010 like Walter Henning. The Tiger was 12-for-12 in weight throw and hammer throw competitions during the collegiate seasons and captured NCAA crowns in both events. During the indoor season, Henning was the best among all collegians in recording a weight throw of 78-1 (23.80m), a toss that topped the SEC Championship record and delivered victory by over 11 feet. With an NCAA hammer crown, captured on his final throw, Henning became the first to sweep the national weight-hammer crowns since 2006.
Kirani James, Alabama
Sophomore, Sprints, Gouyave, Grenada
IN 2011: James notched the world’s fastest time so far in the 400 meters last weekend with a 45.47 effort in winning the Meyo Invitational on Notre Dame’s oversized track. James also has the collegiate leading time in the 200 meters from his 20.58 run at New Mexico on January 22.
PREVIOUSLY: At just 17 years old, James won the NCAA 400-meter crown in 2010 with a clocking of 45.05. And, during the entire outdoor season, “all he did was win”. It started with a 400-meter title in the CARIFTA Games in April, followed by an SEC crown with a personal-best 45.01. Following the NCAAs, in July, he would win the IAAF World Junior title in the same event. James won every race in every round in which he participated in 2010 with the lone exception being the NCAA Indoor Championship final where he finished runner-up to Georgia’s Torrin Lawrence.
Christian Taylor, Florida
Junior, Jumps, Fayetteville, Ga. (Sandy Creek HS)
IN 2011: Taylor enters the upcoming weekend as the collegiate leader with six-straight wins in the triple jump. Last weekend in his first triple jump competition of the season, Taylor won the Virginia Tech Elite Meet with a leap of 54-6 (16.61m). Teammate Will Claye is the only other collegian to have jumped farther this season. Taylor will is schedule to compete at the Tyson Invitational this weekend.
PREVIOUSLY: Taylor won the NCAA indoor-outdoor double in the triple jump in 2010, becoming the first to accomplish the feat since LSU’s Walter Davis in 2001 and 2002. The indoor crown was his second-straight and, a third possible this March, would equal Arkansas’ three-timers Michael Conley (1983-85), Erick Walder (1992-94), and Robert Howard (1996-98). Taylor swept SEC triple jump crowns with the indoor version again being a second-straight. Taylor was also the NCAA runner-up indoors with the long jump and was the USATF outdoor runner-up in the triple jump. In addition, Taylor is also a member of the Gators’ 4×400 relay team and finished third with the group at the NCAA outdoor meet.
The Bowerman Advisory Board appointed four of its members to comprise The Bowerman Men’s Watch Committee and another four of its members to make up The Bowerman Women’s Watch Committee. The committee will release their next men’s update on Wednesday, March 2. The three men and three women finalists will be named late June.
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