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Chelanga Still in Running for Bowerman

May 4, 2011
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Sam Chelanga remains a candidate for The Bowerman, as he prepares for the last few meets of his collegiate career. (Photo by Brian Mason)

The Bowerman Official Website

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, ran his first 5K of the 2011 outdoor season on Saturday at the Radford Invitational. He won the race with ease, and his time of 14:02.57 narrowly missed the facility record.

Chelanga ranks No. 3 nationally in the 10K, thanks to the 28:15.64 effort he clocked at the Raleigh Relays on March 25.

With those two performances, Chelanga will most likely have the opportunity to run both the 5K and 10K at the NCAA Preliminary Round meet, slated for May 26-28 in Bloomington, Ind.

Liberty will wrap up its home schedule Thursday, when the Flames host the Liberty Twilight Qualifier. Chelanga is not entered in the one-day meet, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex at Osborne Stadium.

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 18. The 10 semifinalists will be named on June 20 and the three finalists will be tabbed on July 13.

The Bowerman Official Watch List, 2011 Men
(Updated May 4, 2011, listed in alphabetical order)

Name, Year, School, Events
Jeshua Anderson, Sr., Washington State, Hurdles
Robby Andrews, So., Virginia, Distance
Miles Batty, Jr., BYU, Distance
Sam Chelanga, R-Sr., Liberty, Distance
Will Claye, Jr., Florida, Jumps
Jeff Demps, Jr., Florida, Sprints
Kirani James, So., Alabama, Sprints
Ngonidzashe Makusha, Jr., Florida State, Jumps/Sprints
Omo Osaghae, Sr., Texas Tech, Hurdles
Christian Taylor, Jr., Florida, Jumps

Also Receiving Mention
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
Walter Henning, Sr., LSU, Throws
Tabarie Henry, Sr., Texas A&M, Sprints
Leonard Korir, Jr., Iona, Distance
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