BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Two Southeastern Conference track and field athletes – Auburn’s Harry Adams and Florida’s Omar Craddock – appear on the latest Men’s Watch List for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field’s highest honor, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.
Each of the 10 student-athletes on the first regular-season edition of the watch list also appeared on the preseason edition.
The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation.
Adams currently ranks fifth nationally in the 60 meters with a time of 6.64 set in his season debut at the Auburn Indoor Invitational, a race in which he finished runner-up by .01 to teammate Marcus Rowland. He finished runner-up in the 100 meters at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, recording a 2012 collegiate-best 9.96 in the semifinals. His time of 9.96 made him the fifth-fastest American in 2012 and the 14th-fastest in the world, and he was the only collegian to run the 100 in fewer than 10 seconds.
Craddock ranks second in the nation in the triple jump this season with a mark of 53-3¼ (16.26m), which came in his only triple jump competition of the season in a runner-up showing at the Razorback Invitational. He recorded three of the top five jumps in the nation – all farther than 53 feet – at the Razorback Invitational. Craddock won 2012 NCAA triple jump individual championships both indoors and outdoors. He won the indoor title with a mark of 54-11½ (16.75m), which made him the top collegian and the fifth-best American of 2012.
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.
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.
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The Bowerman Official Watch List – Men (Feb. 6, 2013)
Harry Adams, Auburn
Curtis Beach, Duke
Jordan Clarke, Arizona State
Omar Craddock, Florida
Derek Drouin, Indiana
Tim Glover, Illinois State
Kennedy Kithuka, Texas Tech
Erik Kynard, Kansas State
Lawi Lalang, Arizona
Alexander Ziegler, Virginia Tech
Also Receiving Mention
Shawn Barber, Akron
Mike Berry, Oregon
Marvin Bracy, Florida State
Casimir Loxsom, Penn State
Jack Whitt, Oral Roberts