The Bowerman Watch List Now Eyes Glover, Levins, McCullough

May 2, 2012   

NEW ORLEANS – We are coming off the turn and heading down the homestretch of the 2012 collegiate track & field season. Outdoor conference and national championships are yet to be claimed, but the race for The Bowerman – the honor of top collegiate track & field athlete of the season – is heating up and still very much up for grabs. The latest update released by The Bowerman Men’s Watch List Committee places three new names in the group of ten considered to be those most necessary to keep an eye on.

For the first time in their careers, Illinois State’s Tim Glover, Southern Utah’s Cameron Levins, and Princeton’s Conor McCullough, are on The Bowerman Watch List. It’s a unique trio as all three are from conferences — Missouri Valley Conference (Illinois State), The Summit League (Southern Utah), and Ivy League (Princeton) – that are also getting their first-ever mentions on the watch list.

Glover is the current collegiate leader in the javelin and now among the all-time collegiate top ten in the event. Levins is the world leader in the 10k after stunning a talent-rich field at the Payton Jordan Invitational with an all-time collegiate No. 2 time of 27:27.96. And, McCullough is the collegiate leader in the hammer throw.

Added to the “also receiving mention” list this update is Abilene Christian’s Nick Jones and Stanford’s Amaechi Morton. Jones leads the DII ranks in the discus by nearly ten feet and is the all-division collegiate leader. Morton is the collegiate leader in the 400 hurdles (49.43).

THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2012 MEN

(updated May 2, listed in alphabetical order, always ten names)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Curtis Beach JR Duke Combined Events Albuquerque, N.M.
Jeff Demps JR/SR Florida Sprints Winter Garden, Fla.
Tim Glover (P) JR Illinois State Javelin Normal, Ill.
Andrew Irwin FR Arkansas Pole Vault Mt. Ida, Ark.
Lawi Lalang SO Arizona Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Cameron Levins (N) SR Southern Utah Distance Black Creek, B.C.
Conor McCullough (P) SO Princeton Throws Canoga Park, Calif. 
Tony McQuay JR Florida Sprints Riviera Beach, Fla.
Maurice Mitchell SR Florida State Sprints Kansas City, Mo.
Ricky Robertson JR Mississippi Jumps Hernando, Miss.

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

QUICKLY – The Watch List in 2012

Curtis Beach, Duke – OUTDOOR: Beach placed second in the decathlon at the ACC Championships with a season’s best score of 7,764 points. In the 1500-meter portion of the event, Beach won by 30 seconds over the field. Earlier in the season, in early April, he wowed observers with a 1:47.99 run in the 800 meters at the Duke Invitational. The time ranks in the national top 15 among all collegians in the event this year. His season’s best in the long jump of 24-9¾ (7.56m) ranks in the top 35 of Division I this season.

INDOOR: Beach was the indoor season’s NCAA and ACC Champion of the heptathlon. With a score of 6,183 points, a score that finished fourth in the world in 2012, at the national championships, Beach became the third-best performer in the collegiate history of the event. He sits only behind world-record holder Ashton Eaton (Oregon) and Olympic medalist and two-time World Champion Trey Hardee (Texas) on the all-time list. Also at the NCAA Championships, Beach reset his own heptathlon world record by four seconds in the 1000 meters with a run of 2:23.63 to secure overall victory. The time also placed him in the collegiate top ten of the open 1000 for the season. Beach won the ACC title in the heptathlon by nearly 600 points with a score of 5,862.

Jeff Demps, Florida – OUTDOOR: Currently holds the NCAA’s top seed with a wind-aided clocking of 10.01 over 100 meters to win the collegiate race at the Texas Relays. Undefeated at the distance this year in finals which also includes a wind-legal run of 10.11 to win the Florida Relays. Ran a wind-aided 20.64 in the 200 meters at the Pepsi Relays to rank among the NCAA’s top 20 seeds in the event this year. As a member of the Gators’ 4×100-relay team, Demps helped UF to a 38.67 clocking at the Tom Jones Invitational – the second-best time by a collegiate team this year.

INDOOR: Demps won his third-consecutive NCAA 60-meter title during the indoor season, joining Pitt’s Lee McRae (1986-87-88, 55 meters), Texas A&M’s Curtis Dickey (1978-79-80, 60 yards), and Nebraska’s Charlie Greene (1965-66-67, 60 yards) as three-time national indoor sprint champs. In the national preliminary, Demps clocked a personal-best and collegiate-leading 6.52 to move to eighth on the all-time collegiate list in the event. Demps finished third in the 60-meter final at the SEC meet (6.64). In total, Demps clocked sub-6.60 on six occasions in the 60, a national best. Demps’6.52 placed him sixth on the world list for 2012.

Tim Glover, Illinois State – OUTDOOR: Glover is the current collegiate-leader in the javelin, having marked a best toss of 266-9 (81.31m) to win the Sea Ray Relays. The mark placed Glover in the all-time collegiate top-ten performers list. In the Sea Ray Relays event, Glover notched three throws over the 79-meter mark (259-2), all of which would better the current NCAA performance list. Glover, the defending NCAA Champion in the event, is the current American leader and ranks among the world’s current top ten marks in the javelin. He is undefe

INDOOR: Did not compete except for one shot put competition in December.

Andrew Irwin, Arkansas – OUTDOOR: Irwin currently has the fifth-best vault in the world and best in the collegiate ranks (18-4½, 5.60m) so far this outdoor season from his first performance, a winning one at the Arkansas Spring Invitational. Since then, Irwin has cleared more than 17-5¼ (5.31m) twice.

INDOOR: Irwin won the NCAA indoor title in the pole vault as just a freshman. He was the only to clear 18-2½ (5.55m) at the national meet which also turned out to be the collegiate-season’s best. Irwin won the SEC title as the only to clear 18-1¾ (5.53m). Throughout the indoor season, Irwin cleared 18-feet or higher on four occasions, a national high.

Lawi Lalang, Arizona – OUTDOOR: Placed runner-up in a thrilling 5k race at the Mt. SAC Relays to fellow watch-lister Cam Levins with a time of 13:18.88 – a time that ranks second among collegians this year and sixth all-time in the collegiate ranks. The following weekend, Lalang placed as the top collegian in the 1500 meters at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational where he would run 3:36.77 behind three professionals. The clocking in that event ranks eighth on the all-time collegiate list and tops among the NCAA this year.

INDOOR: Lalang had one of the most noteworthy collegiate indoor seasons of all-time. In a total of five distance races, Lalang never lost to a collegian, set a new collegiate record in the 5000 meters, and won two NCAA titles.

At the NCAA Championships, Lalang scored the 3000-5000 double with titles in both events – the first to do so since Oregon’s Galen Rupp in 2009. In the 5000, Lalang claimed a new NCAA-Championships record with a 13:25.11 run, clocking 28.09 in the final 200 meters, in holding off Stanford’s Chris Derrick. The next night, Lalang again held off Derrick and won the 3000 by a sixth-of-a-second in 7:46.64, just off the meet record of 7:46.03. Lalang closed the 3000 with laps of 28.60 and 27.28. Earlier in the season, Lalang toppled the collegiate record in the 5000 meters by 10 seconds with a 13:08.28 run at the Millrose Games where he finished second only to professional Bernard Lagat. Lalang also won the MPSF 3000-meter title in 7:44.48 (OT) and opened the season by winning the Razorback Invitational mile in 3:55.09, the third-fastest time in collegiate history.

Cameron Levins, Southern Utah – OUTDOOR: On two consecutive weekends, Levins tore-up the collegiate-running headlines with big runs at the Mt. SAC Relays and Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. At the Mt. SAC Relays, Levins would outrun Arizona’s Lawi Lalang in a thriller to clock the NCAA’s best time of the season, 13:18.47. The mark is fifth all-time in the collegiate ranks and the fastest by a collegian since 2008. At the Payton Jordan meet, Levins would run another winner against a stout field of pros and collegians with a 10k world-leading run of 27:27.96, topping Sam Chelanga and Stanford’s Chris Derrick among others. The time of 27:27.96 is also No. 2 on the all-time collegiate list.

INDOOR: At the NCAA Championships, placed third in the 3000 meters and fourth in the 5000 meters. Took home FOUR Summit League conference titles with victories in the 800, Mile, 3000, and 5000. He was the top collegian in the 3000 meters at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston where he ran 7:45.75, the fastest time by a collegian since 2009 and eighth-fastest all-time. He was the winner of the UW Invitational 3000 (7:48.25) and 5000 (13:42.90). At the Millrose Games, Levins placed seventh overall in the Mile with a run of 3:57.16.

Conor McCullough, Princeton – OUTDOOR: He currently is the collegiate leader in the hammer throw by nearly seven feet, having marked a best this season of 242-9 (74.01m) at Princeton’s Sam Howell Invite. In that competition, McCullough notched three throws of 73.62m (241-6) or better.

INDOOR: Recorded the best mark by a collegian in the weight throw with a winning mark of 76-1 (23.19m). In that event alone, McCullough marked two throws over 23 meters (75-5½), four over 22 meters (72-2¼), and all six over 21.24m (69-8¼). Of the top ten marks among all collegians in 2012, McCullough notched five of them, all reaching over 74-3¾ (22.65m).

Tony McQuay, Florida – OUTDOOR: Won the 400 meters at the Florida Relays in 45.65, a time that is tied for sixth in the collegiate ranks. He is a member of Florida’s 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams that both rank second among the collegiate ranks this season. The 4×400 team won the Drake Relays title. In the 200, McQuay’s best of 20.60 is in the NCAA’s top 20.

INDOOR: McQuay won the NCAA indoor title in the 400 meters with a collegiate-leading time of 45.77 – a performance that also placed him in the world’s top ten for 2012. In event’s preliminary, he ran a then-collegiate leading 45.85 to lead all qualifiers.

Maurice Mitchell, Florida State – OUTDOOR: He won the 200 meters (20.65) and was the runner-up in the 100 meters (10.21) at the ACC Championships. Mitchell is currently the NCAA’s No. 1 seed in the 200 meters as result of a wind-aided 20.08 run to win the Pepsi Relays. That mark ranks third among all-conditions times in the world this season. His season’s best of 10.17 in the 100 meters from the ACC preliminary rounds ranks in the NCAA’s top ten this season.

INDOOR: At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Mitchell placed third in the 200 meters (20.66) and sixth in the 60 meters (6.62). In the preliminaries of both events, Mitchell ran season bests of 6.59 (60) and 20.60 (200). Mitchell claimed the ACC title in the 200 meters and was the conference’s runner-up in the 60.

Ricky Robertson, Mississippi – OUTDOOR: Looking more and more like a three jump threat, he currently holds claim to the world-leading outdoor mark in the high jump after a winning leap of 7-7¼ (2.32m) at Florida Relays. He’s gone 4-for-4 in high jump events against collegians this season. He also ranks as the NCAA’s seventh seed in the triple jump, having marked a wind-aided 53-2¼ (16.21m) in April. In the long jump, he is among the collegiate top 20 with a season’s best of 25-¾ (7.64m).

INDOOR: Finished ninth in the high jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships and was the SEC Champion in the event. Cleared a season’s best of 7-4¼ (2.25m) to take the SEC crown.

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Miles Batty (D) SR BYU Distance Sandy, Utah
Jordan Clarke RS JR Arizona State Throws Anchorage, Alaska
Ryan Crouser FR Texas Throws Gresham, Ore.
Chris Derrick SR Stanford Distance Naperville, Ill.
Derek Drouin SR/JR Indiana Jumps Corunna, Ontario
Jarret Eaton (D) SR Syracuse Hurdles Abington, Pa.
German Fernandez SR/JR Oklahoma State Distance Riverbank, Calif.
Mason Finley JR Kansas Throws Salida, Colo.
Marquise Goodwin (D) JR Texas Jumps/Sprints Garland, Texas
Nick Jones (N) SR Abilene Christian Throws Amarillo, Texas
Leonard Korir JR Iona Distance Iten, Kenya
Erik Kynard JR Kansas State Jumps Toledo, Ohio
Torrin Lawrence SR Georgia Sprints Jacksonville, Fla.
Ryan Loughney SR Ashland Throws Grahamsville, N.Y.
Amaechi Morton (N) SR Stanford Sprints/Hurdles Atlanta, Ga.
Gunnar Nixon FR Arkansas Combined Events Edmond, Okla.
Tyler Pennel SR Western State Distance Golden, Colo.
Andrew Riley SR Illinois Sprints/Hurdles Kingston, Jamaica
Ben Sathre SR St. Thomas (Minn.) Distance Chaska, Minn.
Ben Scheetz SR Amherst Mid-Distance Lancaster, Pa.
Brycen Spratling SO Pittsburgh Sprints Webster, N.Y.
Maston Wallace JR Texas Pole Vault Houston, Texas
Ameer Webb JR Texas A&M Sprints Tustin, Calif.
Josh Winder SO North Central (Ill.) Pole Vault Joliet, Ill.

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

ALL-TIME WATCH LIST APPEARANCES

By Student-Athlete

DEMPS, Jeff (Florida)

18

5/2/12

ANDERSON, Jeshua (Washington State)

16

6/1/11

CHELANGA, Sam (Liberty)

14

6/1/11

TAYLOR, Christian (Florida)

13

6/1/11

BATTY, Miles (BYU)

9

4/11/12

CLAYE, Will (Florida)

9

6/1/11

By Institution

Florida

44

5/2/12

Washington State

16

6/1/11

Oregon

15

6/7/10

Liberty

14

6/1/11

Oklahoma

13

6/1/11

By Current Conference

SEC

73

5/2/12

Pac-12

46

5/2/12

Big 12

36

4/11/12

ACC

21

5/2/12

Big South

14

6/1/11

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.

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

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.