Men’s Semifinalists Announced for The Bowerman

June 17, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – With the book on the collegiate track & field season now closed after an exciting conclusion in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, The Bowerman Watch List Committee announced Monday the 10 men’s semifinalists for The Bowerman.

Seven student-athletes from the final Watch List of the regular season remain on the list, while Championships performances boosted a trio into the midst of the ten who will be considered for selection as a finalist to attend the award ceremony at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) convention in December.

The three finalists will be announced July 10. Voting for the final winner — including an online fan vote — will take place from late July to mid-August. Women’s semifinalists will be announced Tuesday, June 18.

Wayne Davis II of Texas A&M, Sam Kendricks of Ole Miss and Charles Silmon of TCU each claimed NCAA titles in Eugene to vault them into contention. They join Derek Drouin of Indiana, Johannes Hock of Texas, Sam Humphreys of Texas A&M, Erik Kynard of Kansas State, Lawi Lalang of Arizona, Bryshon Nellum of USC and Julian Wruck of UCLA.

Those ten combined for 10 titles at the Championships, including a 5000/10,000 double by Lalang. Kynard was the only one in the group to not claim a crown, edged out by arch-rival Drouin in the high jump in an exciting final chapter to the two jumpers’ collegiate rivalry, which will no doubt not be the end of the story for those two.

Lalang, Drouin and Kynard have been Watch List mainstays in 2013, having been included in each edition leading up to this list of semifinalists. For Kynard it is his second appearance as a semifinalist in a row dating back to the 2012 award, making him just the fifth two-time semifinalist. He joins Sam Chelanga of Liberty, Alabama’s Kirani James, Maurice Mitchell of Florida State and Christian Taylor of Florida on that list.

Five is a recurring theme, because with Davis II and Humphreys, Texas A&M is just the fifth team to have two semifinalists in the same year. Oregon and Florida both accomplished the feat in 2010, and Florida did it again the next year along with in-state rival Florida State.

Student-athletes who attended high school in California have now accounted for four semifinalists in award history, most of any state in the nation. The latest addition is Nellum, who joins Washington State’s Jeshua Anderson, Washington’s Scott Roth and Charles Jock of UC-Irvine.

Speaking of hometowns: Corunna, Ontario, native Drouin is the second Canadian man to be named a semifinalist, and will look to keep the streak of Canadians claiming The Bowerman alive as Cam Levins of Southern Utah was the winner a year ago.

The Bowerman Men’s Semifinalists

(Updated June 17, 2013. Listed in alphabetical order by last name.)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Wayne Davis II JR Texas A&M Hurdles Raleigh, N.C.
Derek Drouin RS SR Indiana Jumps/Cmb. Events Corunna, Ontario
Johannes Hock FR Texas Combined Events Cologne, Germany
Sam Humphreys SR Texas A&M Throws Laredo, Texas
Sam Kendricks SO Mississippi Pole Vault Oxford, Miss.
Erik Kynard SR Kansas State High Jump Toledo, Ohio
Lawi Lalang JR Arizona Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Bryshon Nellum RS SR Southern California Sprints Los Angeles, Calif.
Charles Silmon SR TCU Sprints Waco, Texas
Julian Wruck RS JR UCLA Throws Brisbane, Australia

 

QUICKLY – THE SEMIFINALISTS

Wayne Davis II, Texas A&M


Courtesy: AggieAthletics.com

NCAA Championships: Won the NCAA Outdoor title in the 110 hurdles in 13.14w (+3.8m/s) to defeat runner-up Eddie Lovett of Florida by .18 of a second, giving him the sixth-fastest all-conditions time in collegiate history. Ran a 13.25Qw (+3.0m/s) in the prelims to qualify as the second-fastest into the finals. His time is the fourth-fastest all-conditions time of 2013 in the world.

This Season: Went 4-1 in 110 hurdles finals outdoors. Won the Penn Relays 110 hurdles championship in 13.67 (-0.3m/s). Won the SEC title in the 110 hurdles with a 13.46 (-2.1m/s) effort in the finals after running a 13.45Q (+1.3m/s) in the prelims. Ran the top time from either NCAA Prelim site at 13.27w (2.1m/s). Finished runner-up indoors at the NCAA Championships in the 60 hurdles in 7.59.

 

Derek Drouin, Indiana


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NCAA Championships: Is currently tied for No. 2 in the world in the high jump. Won his second outdoor NCAA high jump title of his career and swept the 2012 NCAA titles with a winning clearance of 7-8 (2.34m) after a final attempt clearance to defeat two-time champion Erik Kynard of Kansas State. Made three attempts at a collegiate-record 7-10 (2.39m), but was unsuccessful. Finished third at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Meeting the week prior with a clearance of 7-8¾ (2.36m), giving him a share of the No. 2 spot on the all-time in-season collegiate list.

This Season: Won the Big Ten high jump title with a clearance of 7-4¼ (2.24m), giving him four conference crowns outdoors and three more indoors for a career total of seven. Set the Penn Relays and Franklin Field records with a clearance of 7-7¾ (2.33m) at the Penn Relays. Won the high jump at the Polytan Invitational with a clearance of 7-7 (2.31m). Won the Texas Relays high jump with a collegiate-leading clearance of 7-6½ (2.30m) in his outdoor debut. Earned 2013 DI National Indoor Field Athlete of the Year honors. Won the NCAA Indoor title in the high jump with a No. 2 all-time collegiate mark and Canadian record of 7-8½ (2.35m) without missing through seven heights. Nearly cleared but missed on three attempts at a collegiate-record 7-9¾ (2.38m) at the Indoor Championships. Cleared a then-nation-leading 7-7¼ (2.32m) in the high jump at the Hoosier Hills Open, good for the tenth-best clearance in collegiate history. Set the all-time world-best in the heptathlon high jump with a clearance of 7-6½ (2.30m). Won the Big Ten title in the high jump with a mark of 7-5 (2.26m) and finished third in the heptathlon (5,817) with the eighth-best collegiate score this season. Has won his past seven indoor high jump events against collegians dating back to the 2011-12 season.

 

Johannes Hock, Texas


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NCAA Championships: Is currently No. 7 in the world in the decathlon. Won the NCAA decathlon title with a score of 8267 in a field that featured six 8000+ scorers — the deepest decathlon field in NCAA Championships history. Won the discus component, finished runner-up in the shot put, and fourth in both the 100 and the long jump en route to becoming just the second student-athlete to win an NCAA decathlon title as a freshman, joining Tito Steiner of BYU in 1977.

This Season: Won the Big 12 Championships decathlon in his first collegiate decathlon competition with a score of 8,293, giving him the seventh-best score in collegiate history and making him the sixth-best individual performer. Won six of the ten components — shot put, discus, long jump, pole vault, 100 meters and 400 meters — and finished in the top three in all but the 1500. Finished sixth in the NCAA indoor heptathlon with a score of 5,873 and claimed the indoor Big 12 heptathlon title with a score of 5,858.

 

Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M


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NCAA Championships: Won the NCAA title in the javelin by defeating two-time defending champion Tim Glover of Illinois State by more than eight feet with a throw of 255-9 (77.95m). Four of his six throws would have given him the title, including three farther than 77 meters (252-7).

This Season: Became the No. 7 performer in collegiate history in the javelin with a mark of 268-8 (81.90m) at the West Prelims that makes him the top qualifier for the NCAA Finals. Owns the top five throws of the 2013 collegiate season. Has been the collegiate-leader all season after throwing a season-opening 267-1 (81.40m) at the Baldy Castillo Invitational that placed him No. 10 on the all-time collegiate list. Is undefeated in six javelin finals this season, including wins at the Texas Relays (257-9/78.57m) and the SEC Championships (257-1/78.36m).

 

Sam Kendricks, Ole Miss


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NCAA Championships: Is currently the world No. 7 in the pole vault. Won the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a first-attempt clearance at 18-8¼ (5.70m) to defeat defending champion Jack Whitt of Oral Roberts. Cleared seven heights in nine attempts, and passed on one other height.

This Season: Made the eighth-highest in-season clearance in collegiate history when he jumped 19-¾ (5.81m) at the Texas Relays, becoming the fifth-best in-season performer in collegiate history and the eighth collegian to surpass 19 feet during the collegiate season. Finished third at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.

 

Erik Kynard, Kansas State


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NCAA Championships: Is currently tied for No. 2 in the world in the high jump. Finished runner-up in the NCAA Outdoor Championships high jump with a clearance of 7-7 (2.31m). Did not miss through his first six heights prior to being unable to advance past 7-8 (2.34m). Cleared the second-best in-season height in collegiate history the week prior at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Meeting with a jump of 7-8¾ (2.36m) to finish runner-up.

This Season: Won the Big 12 high jump title with a clearance of 7-6½ (2.30m), his third-straight title outdoors to add to three indoor Big 12 titles. Jumped 7-5 (2.26m) to win the Ward Haylett Invitational. Tied his career-best with a clearance of 7-8 (2.34m) in a win at the Mt. SAC Relays over former world champion Jesse Williams and Canada’s Michael Mason. Finished runner-up to Drouin at the Texas Relays high jump with a clearance of 7-5¼ (2.27m). Finished third on misses at the NCAA Indoor high jump with a mark of 7-6 (2.29m). Posted a then-collegiate-leading mark of 7-7¾ (2.33m) at the KSU Open, tying his indoor career-best and No. 3 all-time collegiate mark. Has won eight of his ten events this season and 27 of his past 231 event finals – indoors and outdoors – against collegians dating back to the 2010-11 season. Claimed the 2013 Big 12 high jump individual title with a mark of 7-7 (2.31m), defeating the field by more than five inches. Has cleared heights of 7-6 or higher in seven of his 11 collegiate finals this season.

 

Lawi Lalang, Arizona


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NCAA Championships: Won his third and fourth NCAA titles this year — dating back to two during the indoor season — with outdoor championships at both 5000 and 10,000 meters in convincing fashion at the Division I Outdoor Championships. Won the 10,000 title by nearly 12 seconds with a time of 29:29.65, and defeated two of the top-10 in-season collegiate 5k runners (Northern Arizona’s Diego Estrada and Northeastern’s Eric Jenkins) in winning by five seconds in 13:35.19. Became the third man in Division I history to win four distance event titles in an academic year, joining 2009 The Bowerman Winner Galen Rupp of Oregon and Suleiman Nyambui of UTEP in both 1980 and 1982.

This Season: Was the top qualifier to the NCAA Finals at 5000 meters after running 13:41.87 at the West Prelims. Was the No. 3 qualifier and top qualifier from the West at 10,000 meters at 29:54.66. Ran a collegiate-leading 3:38.53 to win the Pac-12 1500 title, and a 28:14.63 to win the 10,000 meters title in his event debut. Ranked No. 2 in the country at 10,000 meters. Also ran a 3:41.87 in the prelims of the Pac-12 1500 meters competition. Debuted (2013 outdoor) at the Arizona-Arizona State-Northern Arizona double dual with wins at 1500 meters in 3:41.52 and at 5000 in 13:40.85 by over a minute.  Earned 2013 DI National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year honors. Completed an NCAA Indoor double championship in the mile and at 3000 meters, both of which were in meet-record fashion: 3:54.74 for the mile and 7:45.94 at 3000 meters. First to complete this double since Bernard Lagat of Washington State in 1999. Ran the third-fastest indoor mile in collegiate history when he finished fifth overall and second among collegians at the Millrose Games with a 3:54.56. Became the third-fastest performer in the 3000 in collegiate history when he clocked a solo 7:42.79 at the Razorback Invitational to win by 15 seconds over the then-No. 2 performer in DI.

 

Bryshon Nellum, USC


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NCAA Championships: Is No. 4 in the world at 400 meters. Won the NCAA outdoor title at 400 meters in a 2013 collegiate-best 44.73 after winning his semifinal heat in 45.42. Finished third at 200 meters in 20.27w (+2.6m/s) after running the fastest all-conditions 200 by a collegian in 2013 of 19.99w (+3.2m/s) in the semifinals. His 19.99w gives him the third-fastest all-conditions time in the world for 2013.

This Season: Qualified for the NCAA Finals 400 with the fourth-fastest time in the West at 45.97 in winning his quarterfinal heat, and is the fourth-fastest qualifier overall based on Prelims times. Also qualified tenth nationally and fifth in the West at 200 meters in 20.58 (+0.6m/s). Ran a then-collegiate-leading 44.76 at 400 meters and then the second-fastest 200 in the country at 20.23 (+1.5m/s) to claim Pac-12 titles in both events. Both marks were Pac-12 Championships records, and his 400 mark is No. 3 in the world. He is the only collegian to run faster than 45.00 at 400 meters this season. Won both the 200 and 400 at the UCLA/USC dual meet, winning at 200 meters in a collegiate-leading 20.37 (+0.9). Won the Florida Relays 400 in a then-collegiate leading 45.54. Finished runner-up and tops among collegians in the Mt. SAC Relays 400 elite in 45.65.

 

Charles Silmon, TCU


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NCAA Championships: Won the 100 meters title in 9.89w (+3.2m/s) in what Track & Field News listed as the fastest all-conditions race in NCAA Championships history, tying the all-conditions championships record set in 2011 by Ngoni Makusha of Florida State. Ran a 9.92Qw (+3.0m/s) in the prelims to advance as the fastest seed into the finals. Qualified for the finals at 200 meters with a 20.30qw (+4.3m/s), but did not compete in the finals. Ran a leg of the 4×100 relay that finished seventh in the finals. His 9.89w gives him the third-fastest all-conditions time in the world for 2013.

This Season: Won Big 12 Outdoor titles at 100 meters in 10.18w (+2.3m/s) and 200 meters in 20.33 (+1.4m/s), and an indoor Big 12 title at 60 meters in 6.66. Ran 10.03Q (1.7m/s) in the first round of the West Prelims, and advanced as the top qualifier from the West to the NCAA Finals with a 10.23Q (-0.5m/s) quarterfinal heat win. Advanced as the top seed from the West at 200 meters with a 20.23Q (+0.6m/s).  Finished third at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships at 60 meters in 6.61. Won seven of 10 finals against collegians at 100 meters outdoors and 60 meters indoors.

 

 

Julian Wruck, UCLA


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NCAA Championships: Now owns the top 27 collegiate throws of the 2013 outdoor season, the collegiate record, six of the top 10 collegiate throws all-time, and four of the world’s top 12 throws of 2013 (ranked No. 4 among individuals). Claimed the NCAA Outdoor title in the discus over defending champion Chad Wright of Nebraska with a throw of 213-1 (64.94m). Set the collegiate record the week prior with a mark of 223-7 (68.16m) at a throwers meet at Claremont, while also launching four other marks that landed in the top 10 all-time.

This Season: Was the top NCAA Finals qualifier in the discus after a throw of 209-10 (63.95m) at the West Prelims Won the Pac-12 Championships discus throw with a mark of 214-7 (65.41m), and finished fifth in the shot put (55-9¾/17.01m).Currently ranked No. 2 in the world with three of the four best throws. Earned wins at the Mt. SAC Relays (211-9/64.55m), the UCSD Triton Invitational (216-3/65.92m) and the UCLA/USC Dual (214-3/65.31m). Won the discus in a dual against LSU/TCU with a mark of 216-8 (66.05m), which is the No. 6 throw in collegiate history. The week prior he launched a 216-7 (66.01m) at the Texas Relays, good for No. 7 all time, and a 215-10 (65.80m), then No. 10 all time.

 

 

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.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

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.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

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