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Chelanga Remains in Bowerman Consideration

April 6, 2011
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Sam Chelanga, who has run the NCAA's fastest 10K time this season (28:15.64), remains under consideration for The Bowerman. (Photo by Brian Mason, Wisconsin Athletic Communications)

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Liberty redshirt senior distance runner Sam Chelanga remains a part of the men's watch list for the 2011 awarding of The Bowerman, as announced by The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee, in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Chelanga, one of 10 athletes included on the most recent men's watch list, has only run one race during the 2011 outdoor track & field season. However, it was a most impressive performance.

Chelanga was dominant in the 10K at the Raleigh Relays on March 25, winning the race by nearly two minutes. His winning time of 28:15.64 is the NCAA's fastest time by 17 seconds. It also ranks No. 3 in the world for 2011.

By way of comparison, Chelanga only clocked a 28:37.40 when he won the 10K title at the 2010 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The effort at the Raleigh Relays all but clinches Chelanga's berth in the 10K at the NCAA Division I Preliminary Round meet, which will be held May 26-28 in Bloomington, Ind.

Chelanga will not compete this week, but many of his teammates will make a final tune-up for the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Eleven Flames and Lady Flames are entered in the Texas Relays, which run from today through Saturday in Austin, Texas. Many other Liberty athletes will take part in the team-scored Carolina's Cup, Friday evening in Rock Hill, S.C.

About The Bowerman
The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually to the top male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. Oregon's Ashton Eaton and Virginia Tech's Queen Harrison are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field/cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

The Bowerman Advisory Board appointed four of its members to comprise The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee and another four of its members to make up The Bowerman Women's Watch Committee. The committee will release its next men's update on May 4. The three men and three women finalists will be named in late June.

The Bowerman Official Watch List, 2011 Men
(Updated April 6, 2011, listed in alphabetical order)

Name, Year, School, Events
Jeshua Anderson, Sr., Washington State, Hurdles
Miles Batty, Jr., BYU, Distance
Sam Chelanga, R-Sr., Liberty, Distance
Will Claye, Jr., Florida, Jumps
Jeff Demps, Jr., Florida, Sprints
Walter Henning, Sr., LSU, Throws
Kirani James, So., Alabama, Sprints
Leonard Korir, Jr., Iona, Distance
Omo Osaghae, Sr., Texas Tech, Hurdles
Christian Taylor, Jr., Florida, Jumps

Also Receiving Mention
Robby Andrews, So., Virginia, Distance
Andy Bayer, R-So., Indiana, Distance
Charles Clark, Sr., Florida State, Sprints
Derek Drouin, Jr., Indiana, Jumps
German Fernandez, Jr., Oklahoma State, Distance
Mason Finley, So., Kansas, Throws
Eric Flores, Sr., Cal Lutheran, Throws
Marquise Goodwin, So., Texas, Jumps/Sprints
Leford Green, Jr., Johnson C. Smith, Sprints
Tabarie Henry, Sr., Texas A&M, Sprints
Erik Kynard, So., Kansas State, Jumps
Torrin Lawrence, Jr., Georgia, Sprints
Marcel Lomnicky, Jr., Virginia Tech, Throws
Maurice Mitchell, Jr., Florida State, Sprints
Demetrius Pinder, Sr., Texas A&M, Sprints
Mookie Salaam, Jr., Oklahoma, Sprints
Dorian Ulrey, Sr., Arkansas, Sprints
Craig Van Leeuwen, Jr., Ramapo, Pole Vault