Jan. 12, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) gave their first look at the 2011 male contenders for The Bowerman - collegiate track & field's biggest and best award. With all three finalists from the 2010 season graduating, a fresh new crop will be among those vying for the award over the several months.
The watch list includes three out-right sophomores and 2009 finalist German Fernandez. Washington State's Jeshua Anderson returns to the watch list for a record ninth time (eight lists in 2010). Anderson, along with 2010 finalists Ashton Eaton and Ryan Whiting, was on the award's watch lists for each of the updates last year.
THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, PRESEASON 2011 MEN (as of January 12, 2011, listed in alphabetical order) NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN Jeshua Anderson SR Washington St. Hurdles Woodland Hills, Calif. Robby Andrews SO Virginia Distance Englishtown, N.J. Sam Chelanga RS-SR Liberty Distance Nairobi, Kenya Charles Clark SR(out) Florida State Sprints Virginia Beach, Va. Jeff Demps SO/JR Florida Sprints Winter Garden, Fla. German Fernandez JR/SO Oklahoma State Distance Riverbank, Calif. Mason Finley SO Kansas Throws Salida, Colo. Walter Henning SR LSU Throws Kings Park, N.Y. Kirani James SO Alabama Sprints Gouyave, Grenada Christian Taylor JR Florida Jumps Fayetteville, Ga.
Jeshua Anderson, Washington State Senior, Hurdles, Woodland Hills, Calif. (Taft HS) Anderson, the NCAA 400-meter hurdles 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.
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