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Chelanga Remains on Bowerman Watch List

March 17, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Sam Chelanga is still on the men's watch list for The Bowerman as he prepares to begin his final collegiate outdoor track & field season. (Photo by Brian Mason)

Sam Chelanga is still on the men's watch list for The Bowerman as he prepares to begin his final collegiate outdoor track & field season. (Photo by Brian Mason)

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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 recently wrapped up a successful indoor season by running both the 3K and 5K at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, March 11-12 in College Station, Texas.

For the third year in a row, Chelanga finished as the 5K runner-up at the NCAA indoor meet, after he was edged in the final laps by Iona's Leonard Korir. After his first NCAA national title, Korir also earned a spot on this week's Bowerman Men's Watch List.

Both Chelanga and Korir broke the existing meet record for the 5K. Chelanga's season-best time of 13:27.34 was the eighth-fastest time in collegiate history. The Nairobi, Kenya native has now run two of the eight fastest indoor 5K clockings in NCAA history.

The following day, Chelanga placed 15th in the 3K final, earning second team All-America honors. His official time was 8:11.15, as Chelanga completed the first NCAA 3K/5K double of his career.

Chelanga will now prepare for his final collegiate outdoor track & field season. He enters the year as the collegiate record holder and defending NCAA national champion in the 10K.

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 April 6. The three men and three women finalists will be named in late June.

The Bowerman Official Watch List, 2011 Men
(Updated March 16, 2011, listed in alphabetical order)

Name, Year, School, Events
Jeshua Anderson, Sr., Washington State, Hurdles
Sam Chelanga, R-Sr., Liberty, Distance
Will Claye, Jr., Florida, Jumps
Jeff Demps, Jr., Florida, Sprints
Derek Drouin, Jr., Indiana, Jumps
Walter Henning, Sr., LSU, Throws
Kirani James, So., Alabama, Sprints
Leonard Korir, Jr., Iona, Distance
Mookie Salaam, Jr., Oklahoma, Sprints
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
German Fernandez, Jr., Oklahoma State, Distance
Mason Finley, So., Kansas, Throws
Marquise Goodwin, So., Texas, Jumps/Sprints
Leford Green, Jr., Johnson C. Smith, Sprints
Erik Kynard, So., Kansas State, Jumps
Torrin Lawrence, Jr., Georgia, Sprints
Demetrius Pinder, Sr., Texas A&M, Sprints
Dorian Ulrey, Sr., Arkansas, Sprints
Craig Van Leeuwen, Jr., Ramapo, Pole Vault