Kynard Promoted to The Bowerman Watch List

February 29, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – Kansas State junior Erik Kynard is the latest to be promoted to The Bowerman Watch List, the award’s watch list committee announced Wednesday. The high-flying Wildcat has twice cleared the collegiate-leading height of 7-7 (2.31m) in the high jump this season, and, just recently, won his third-straight overall Big 12 crown in the event.

Kynard (Toledo, Ohio) is making his second-ever appearance on the watch list. The last time he was on the award’s watch list of ten was on March 2, 2011.

The committee also added Georgia’s Torrin Lawrence, Princeton’s Conor McCullough, Amherst’s Ben Scheetz, and Pittsburgh’s Brycen Spratling to the “also receiving mention” list. Scheetz broke the 20-year-old NCAA Division III all-time record in the 800 meters this past weekend at the New England Championships with a 1:47.43 run.

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2012 MEN

(updated February 29, listed in alphabetical order, always ten names)

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 SR Syracuse Hurdles Abington, Pa.
Marquise Goodwin JR Texas Jumps/Sprints Garland, Texas
Erik Kynard (P) JR Kansas State Jumps Toledo, Ohio
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 FR Arkansas Combined Events Edmond, Okla.

(P) – Promoted from the “also receiving mention” list

 

QUICKLY – The Watch List in 2012

Robby Andrews, Virginia – Has yet to compete.

Miles Batty, BYU – At the Millrose Games, Batty notched a new collegiate-record in the mile with a 3:54.54 clocking in taking second overall to professional Matthew Centrowitz. 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. 6 seed for the NCAA Championships. Batty has also anchored the Cougar DMR team to the nation’s best time of the year – 9:29.00 (OT) in a winning effort at MPSF Championships. Winner of the MPSF 800 meters in 1:49.17 (OT). Only Batty and Southern Utah’s Cam Levins have clocked sub-1:50 or better in the 800, sub-4:00 in the mile, and sub-7:50 in the 3000 meters this season.

Jeff Demps, Florida – Has the collegiate-leading 60 meter time with a 6.54 clocking from the preliminary round of the SEC Indoor Championships. Demps finished third in the 60-meter final at the SEC meet (6.64). In total, Demps has clocked sub-6.60 times on three occasions in the 60.

Jarret Eaton, Syracuse – Has recorded six of the top 10 collegiate 60-meter hurdle marks in 2012, including the collegiate-leading mark of 7.49 at the Penn State National. The 7.49 time is the fastest collegiate time since 1997 and only Reggie Torian of Wisconsin – the collegiate record holder has run faster (7.47). Eaton won the Big East title (7.70) and New Balance Collegiate Invite title (7.90). The 7.49 currently ranks No. 5 in the world in 2012.

Marquise Goodwin, Texas – Won the Big 12 title in the long jump and finished fifth at the league meet in the 60. Ranks second in the collegiate ranks in the long jump with season-best leap of 26-7 (8.10m), captured in winning at the Razorback Invitational in January. Also has a season-best time of 6.70(A) in the 60 meters.

Erik Kynard, Kansas State – On two occasions this season, Kynard has cleared the collegiate-leading height of 7-7 (2.31m) in the high jump and he leads the collegiate ranks by four centimeters (1¾ inches). Won the Big 12 title in the high jump and took attempts at 7-8 (2.34m). He has cleared the bar at 7-4¼ (2.24m) seven times this season in competition.

Lawi Lalang, Arizona – Smashed the previous collegiate record in the 5000 meters by 10 seconds with a 13:08.28 run at the Millrose Games, finishing second to Olympian Bernard Lagat. At the Razorback Invitational in January, Lalang clocked a time of 3:55.09 in winning the mile – now the fourth-best all-time collegiate mark. At the MPSF Championships, Lalang won the 3000 meters in 7:44.48 (OT), which is currently the No. 2 NCAA seed.

Tony McQuay, Florida – Posted a season’s best 400-meter time of 46.11 (OT) in the preliminary round of the SEC Indoor Championships, a time that is currently the No. 2 NCAA seed. Ran a sub-46 time in the event’s final, but was disqualified for impeding Georgia’s Torrin Lawrence at the beginning of the final turn.

Maurice Mitchell, Florida State – Won the ACC 200-meter title in a season-best 20.93 to currently rank No. 5 in the NCAA. Placed second at the ACC Championships in the 60 in 6.67.

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. Finished second at the SEC Championships in the heptathlon, scoring 5,841.

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Curtis Beach JR Duke Combined Events Albuquerque, N.M.
Ryan Crouser 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.
Leonard Korir (D) JR Iona Distance Iten, Kenya
Torrin Lawrence (N) SR Georgia Sprints Jacksonville, Fla.
Ryan Loughney SR Ashland Throws Grahamsville, N.Y.
Conor McCullough (N) SO Princeton Throws Canoga Park, Calif. 
Andrew Riley SR Illinois Sprints/Hurdles Kingston, Jamaica
Ben Sathre SR St. Thomas (Minn.) Distance Chaska, Minn.
Ben Scheetz (N) SR Amherst Mid-Distance Lancaster, Pa.
Brycen Spratling (N) SO Pittsburgh Sprints Webster, N.Y.
Maston Wallace JR Texas Pole Vault Houston, Texas
Josh Winder SO North Central (Ill.) Pole Vault Joliet, Ill.

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

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