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Chelanga Named 2011 Bowerman Semifinalist

June 20, 2011  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Sam Chelanga is one of 10 men's semifinalists for The Bowerman. (Photo by Brian Mason)

Sam Chelanga is one of 10 men's semifinalists for The Bowerman. (Photo by Brian Mason)

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For the second straight year, Liberty redshirt senior distance runner Sam Chelanga is a men's semifinalist for 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 wrapped up his collegiate career in impressive fashion at the 2011 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In his final race, he claimed the 5K national title in a time of 13:29.30, the seventh-fastest clocking in meet history. It was Chelanga's fourth NCAA Division I individual national title and his 14th All-America honor.

Less than 24 hours earlier, Chelanga had finished as the NCAA 10K runner-up. His time of 28:12.18 ranks ninth in meet history.

During the indoor campaign, Chelanga placed second in the 5K and 15th in the 3K at the 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. His 5K time at the meet, 13:27.34, is the eighth-fastest indoor 5K effort in collegiate history.

Chelanga sped to a Liberty and Big South-record 7:48.24 clocking in the 3K at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. That was the fastest 3K time by any collegiate runner during the 2010-11 indoor season.

Chelanga has previously been honored by the USTFCCCA this year, winning the organization's NCAA Division I Southeast Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year awards for both indoor and outdoor track.

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.

With the collegiate track & field season now complete, the 10-person Bowerman Advisory Board will name the three men's finalists from among the 10 semifinalists on July 13.

The Bowerman Semifinalists, 2011 Men

Name, Year, School, Events
Jeshua Anderson, Sr., Washington State, Hurdles
Robby Andrews, So., Virginia, Distance
Sam Chelanga, R-Sr., Liberty, Distance
Will Claye, Jr., Florida, Jumps
Kirani James, So., Alabama, Sprints
Leonard Korir, Jr., Iona, Distance
Ngoni Makusha, Jr., Florida State, Jumps/Sprints
Maurice Mitchell, Jr., Florida State, Sprints
Scott Roth, Sr., Washington, Pole Vault
Christian Taylor, Jr., Florida, Jumps