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Chelanga Among Final 10 Bowerman Candidates

June 22, 2010  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Sam Chelanga is one of 10 final men's candidates for The Bowerman.

Sam Chelanga is one of 10 final men's candidates for The Bowerman.

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Sam Chelanga's Bowerman "resume"

Coverage of Chelanga's NCAA 10K championship

Coverage of Chelanga's NCAA 10K record

On Tuesday, The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the 10 male student-athletes who will be considered for The Bowerman in 2010, and Liberty redshirt junior distance runner Sam Chelanga was included on the exclusive list.

Chelanga punctuated a stellar track & field season June 10, at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. That evening, he won the men's 10K national title by 18 seconds, becoming the first NCAA Division I national champion in Liberty men's track & field history.

Chelanga's other definitive achievement this season also came at the 10K distance. On May 1, he shattered his own NCAA 10K record by 20 seconds, clocking a 27:08.39 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational in Stanford, Calif. The time, which is 25 seconds faster than any other NCAA runner has ever clocked in the 10K, ranks No. 3 in the world in 2010.

The native of Nairobi, Kenya also finished as the NCAA national runner-up in the 5K, both indoors and outdoors. Chelanga is now a nine-time All-American, with one full year of eligibility remaining.

Chelanga was also successful at the conference level this season. He won a trio of events at the Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships, finishing first in the mile and 3K and anchoring the Flames' distance medley relay quartet to victory. Chelanga also successfully defended his 5K championship at the IC4A Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Chelanga has earned numerous awards this season for his track & field accomplishments. Most recently, he was voted the Big South Conference Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Year for the second consecutive season. Chelanga was also tabbed the USTFCCCA Division I Southeast Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year outdoors.

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 Rupp and Colorado's Jenny Barringer were the inaugural winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field/cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

The 10-member final candidate list for The Bowerman will now be narrowed to three by the 10-member Bowerman Advisory Board in the coming weeks.

The Board, chaired by Herman Frazier, Senior Associate Athletics Director for Sports Administration at Temple University, will release its selections on the week of July 12. The Board is vice chaired by Alfreeda Goff, Horizon League Senior Associate Commissioner.

Once the finalists are set, The Bowerman Voters, a group of around 100, consisting of national and regional media personnel, track & field statisticians, NCAA collegiate administrators, and presidents of affiliated organizations, will make their selections. Previous Bowerman winners Galen Rupp and Jenny Barringer will also receive one vote. Once tabulations are calculated, award winners will be announced at the USTFCCCA Convention, held December 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

The Bowerman Final Candidate List, 2010 Men
Sam Chelanga
, Liberty, RS Junior, Distance, Nairobi, Kenya (Bartolimo HS/Fairleigh Dickinson)
Captured NCAA outdoor 10K crown and, earlier in the season, sliced 20 seconds off own collegiate record in the event

Jeff Demps, Florida, Fresh. (indoor)/Soph. (outdoor), Sprints, Winter Garden, Fla. (South Lake HS)
Double sprint NCAA champion with 60m indoor crown and 100m outdoor title, added national title as anchor of 4x100

Johnny Dutch, South Carolina, Junior, Hurdles, Clayton, N.C. (Clayton HS)
NCAA 400-meter hurdle champ, ran world's fourth-best time in 2010 with 48.12 in national quarterfinal, also 110m hurdle and 4x400 national finalist

Ashton Eaton, Oregon, Senior, Combined Events, Bend, Ore. (Mountain View HS)
Won second-straight NCAA heptathlon title with world-record performance indoors, added third-straight national decathlon crown outdoors

Walter Henning, LSU, Junior, Throws, Kings Park, N.Y. (St. Anthony's HS/North Carolina)
Won national crowns with the weight throw indoors and hammer throw outdoors, first to do so since 2006

Kirani James, Alabama, Freshman, Sprints, Gouyave, Grenada
At just 17 years old, won the NCAA outdoor 400-meter crown and clocked 45.01 this season

David McNeill, Northern Arizona, Senior, Distance, Melbourne, Australia
Double 5,000-meter champ, winning both NCAA indoor and outdoor titles, posted time of 13:25.63 outdoors

Christian Taylor, Florida, Sophomore, Jumps, Fayetteville, Ga. (Sandy Creek HS)
Winner of indoor and outdoor NCAA triple jump crowns, the first to do so since 2002, national runner-up indoors in the long jump

Andrew Wheating, Oregon, Senior, Mid-Distance, Norwich, Vt. (Kimball Union Academy)
Won both 800 and 1,500 national championships outdoors, the first to do so since 1984, was anchor for NCAA champ DMR indoors

Ryan Whiting, Arizona State, Senior, Throws, Harrisburg, Pa. (Central Dauphin HS)
Indoor and outdoor national titlist with shot put, adding outdoor discus crown, recorded eight shot put throws of 70 feet or more during the season