May 29, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – With the NCAA Championships set to start next week, the USTFCCCA announced its final The Bowerman Watch List on Wednesday, and Kansas State senior high jumper Erik Kynard remains on the list of male 10 student-athletes up for track and field’s biggest award.
Kynard makes his 10th appearance on The Bowerman Watch List, becoming the sixth man to reach double-digit appearances.
After the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships next week, the Watch List Committee will select 10 semifinals with an announcement on June 17.
Kynard enters the NCAA Championship with the No. 1 jump of the season at 2.34 meters (7-08.00). His jump also is currently No. 1 in the world this season. In Oregon next week, Kynard will look to defend his title and become the first men’s high jumper to win three consecutive NCAA outdoor titles since Ken Wiesmer in 1946 for Marquette.
The six-time Big 12 Conference champion was on the initial Preseason Watch List and has remained among the 10 athletes considered for the award since.
The final Bowerman Watch List includes eight athletes currently ranked No. 1 in their respective events heading into the NCAA Championships. Three more are ranked No. 2 with Isiah Young of Ole Miss claiming one of those No. 1 spots in the 100 meters, plus another No. 2 in the 200.
The Bowerman honors former University of Oregon head coach Bill Bowerman and has been awarded to the top collegiate track and field student-athlete since 2009 and is considered the Heisman Trophy of track and field. In addition to his history of success at Oregon, Bowerman was instrumental in helping establish the system of autonomous federations to control individual sports in the United States today and also is credited with helping fuel the jogging craze in America during the 1970’s. Bowerman was a cofounder of Nike and is most recognized within the company for his creation of the waffle sole by pouring rubber on a waffle iron.
The USTFCCCA will announce an updated women’s watch list later this week.
2013 Bowerman Final Men’s Watch List – May 29
Ryan Crouser, sophomore, Texas, throws
Derek Drouin, senior, Indiana, high jump
Diego Estrada, senior, Northern Arizona, distance
Johannes Hock, freshman, Texas, combined events
Sam Humphreys, senior, Texas A&M, throws
Erik Kynard, senior, Kansas State, high jump
Lawi Lalang, junior, Arizona, distance
Bryshon Nellum, senior, Southern California, sprints
Julian Wruck, junior, UCLA, throws
Isiah Young, senior, Ole Miss, sprints
Also receiving mention:
Andrew Irwin, sophomore, Arkansas, pole vault
Eddie Lovett, junior, Florida, Hurdles
Charles Silmon, senior, TCU, sprints
Ameer Webb, senior Texas A&M, sprints