Jarret Eaton, Gunnar Nixon Join The Bowerman’s Watch List of Ten

February 1, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – Syracuse senior Jarret Eaton and Arkansas freshman Gunnar Nixon are the latest additions to The Bowerman Watch List the award’s watch list committee announced Wednesday. The underclassmen duo had performances last weekend worthy of acclaim and they are now on the radar for collegiate track & field’s biggest award.

Eaton (Abington, Pa.) recorded two of the top ten fastest-recorded times for a collegian in the 60-meter hurdles last weekend at the Penn State National. In the meet’s preliminary round, Eaton clocked 7.54, moving to eighth on the all-time collegiate charts. In the meet’s final, Eaton notched a time of 7.49 – the fastest collegiate time since 1997. Collegiate record holder Reggie Torian of Wisconsin (7.47) is the only to have run faster.

Nixon (Edmond, Okla.) had his glory in the heptathlon this past weekend at the Razorback Invitational on his home track in Arkansas. The Razorback frosh won the event and scored 6,022 points which not only places him fifth on the all-time collegiate performers list, but it also topped the world junior record set in 1989 by Germany’s Michael Kohnle (5,953).

Both Eaton and Nixon are making their first-ever appearance on The Bowerman Watch List.

The committee also added Texas’ Ryan Crouser, Kansas State’s Erik Kynard, and North Central’s (Ill.) Josh Winder to the “also receiving mention” list.

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2012 MEN

(updated February 1, 2012, listed in alphabetical order)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Robby Andrews SO/JR Virginia Distance Englishtown, N.J.
Miles Batty SR BYU Distance Sandy, Utah
Jeff Demps JR/SR Florida Sprints Winter Garden, Fla.
Jarret Eaton (N) SR Syracuse Hurdles Abington, Pa.
Marquise Goodwin JR Texas Jumps/Sprints Garland, Texas
Leonard Korir JR Iona Distance Iten, Kenya
Lawi Lalang SO Arizona Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Tony McQuay JR Florida Sprints Riviera Beach, Fla.
Maurice Mitchell SR Florida State Sprints Kansas City, Mo.
Gunnar Nixon (N) FR Arkansas Combined Events Edmond, Okla.

(P) – Promoted from the “also receiving mention” list
(N) – new to either list

QUICKLY – The Watch List in 2012

Robby Andrews, Virginia – Has yet to compete.

Miles Batty, BYU – Placed third overall and as the second collegian in the UW Invitational 3000 meters, clocking an all-conditions personal best 7:49.58. The time is also currently the NCAA’s No. 2 seed for the NCAA Championships.

Jeff Demps, Florida – Has yet to compete.

Jarret Eaton, Syracuse — Recorded two of the top ten fastest-recorded times for a collegian in the 60-meter hurdles last weekend at the Penn State National. In the meet’s preliminary round, Eaton clocked 7.54, moving to eighth on the all-time collegiate charts. In the meet’s final, Eaton notched a time of 7.49 – the fastest collegiate time since 1997. Collegiate record holder Reggie Torian of Wisconsin (7.47) is the only to have run faster. In 2011, Eaton redshirted and he previously had a collegiate best of 7.68 in the 60 hurdles. The 7.49 is also currently the world-leading time.

Marquise Goodwin, Texas – Winner of the Razorback Invitational long jump with world- and collegiate-leading jump of 26-7 (8.10m). Also recorded ancillary mark of 26-3½ (8.01m) in the event’s first round. He placed second at the Razorback in the 60 meters with a 6.74 time in the finals. He has a season best in the 60 of 6.72, ranking in the top 25 in the NCAA .

Leonard Korir, Iona – Winner of the 3000 meters at BU’s Terrier Classic by nearly two seconds with a 7:54.59 showing. Won the Mile at Saturday Night at the Races.

Lawi Lalang, Arizona – Won the invitational Mile at the Razorback Invitational by over five seconds, clocking 3:55.09 for the fastest world and collegiate time of the year. The time posted was only seven hundredths of a second off the collegiate record (3:55.02) and placd Lalang in the all-time collegiate top three in the event.

Tony McQuay, Florida – Has yet to compete.

Maurice Mitchell, Florida State – Has yet to compete.

Gunnar Nixon, Arkansas – At just over 19 years old, the Arkansas frosh won the heptathlon at the Razorback Invitational with 6,022 points. He is not only fifth on the all-time collegiate performers list, but he also topped the world junior record set in 1989 by Germany’s Michael Kohnle (5,953) with the score.

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Curtis Beach (D) JR Duke Combined Events Albuquerque, N.M.
Ryan Crouser (N) FR Texas Throws Gresham, Ore.
Derek Drouin SR/JR Indiana Jumps Corunna, Ontario
German Fernandez SR/JR Oklahoma State Distance Riverbank, Calif.
Mason Finley JR Kansas Throws Salida, Colo.
Tim Glover JR Illinois State Javelin Normal, Ill.
Erik Kynard (N) JR Kansas State Jumps Toledo, Ohio
Ryan Loughney SR Ashland Throws Grahamsville, N.Y.
Andrew Riley (D) SR Illinois Sprints/Hurdles Kingston, Jamaica
Ben Sathre SR St. Thomas (Minn.) Distance Chaska, Minn.
Maston Wallace JR Texas Pole Vault Houston, Texas
Josh Winder (N) SO North Central (Ill.) Pole Vault Joliet, Ill.

(D) – Demoted from the watch list
(N) – new to either list

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

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.

Florida State’s Ngoni Makusha and Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

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.

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ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

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