Kendricks Named A Bowerman Semifinalist

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Sam Kendricks (photo by Joshua McCoy)

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Sam Kendricks (photo by Joshua McCoy)
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June 17, 2013

NEW ORLEANS – He has only just completed his second year of college in his small hometown of Oxford, Miss., but Sam Kendricks is already ascending to the pinnacle of his sport.

Not quite two weeks after his NCAA pole vault title in Eugene, Ore., the Ole Miss sophomore was named one of 10 male semifinalists for The Bowerman on Monday.

The Bowerman is awarded annually to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. Kendricks and the other semifinalists will be considered for selection as a finalist to attend the award ceremony at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) convention in December.

The three finalists will be announced July 10. Voting for the final winner — including an online fan vote — will take place from late July to mid-August.

Kendricks is currently ranked seventh in the world in the pole vault. He won the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championship with a first-attempt clearance at 18-8.25 (5.70m) to defeat defending champion Jack Whitt of Oral Roberts. Kendricks cleared seven heights in nine attempts and passed on one other height. He was the SEC runner-up this year behind Arkansas’ Andrew Irwin.

At the Texas Relays in late March, Kendricks made the eighth-highest in-season clearance in collegiate history and the best since 1998 when he jumped 19-0.75 (5.81m), becoming the fifth-best in-season performer in collegiate history and the eighth collegian to surpass 19 feet during the outdoor season. He placed third at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

“This honor is a testament to the hard work that Sam has put in this year,” Ole Miss head coach Brian O’Neal said. “Not only has he been recognized as an NCAA Champion, but he’s also been noticed by the Bowerman Committee. He is a great ambassador for Ole Miss.”

Rebel senior sprinter Isiah Young, the SEC Men’s Runner of the Year, had been on the Bowerman watch list, but did not make the semifinalist cut after placing top three in the 100 and 200 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and helping Ole Miss to an eighth-place team finish.

THE BOWERMAN MEN’S SEMIFINALISTS
(Updated June 17, 2013. Listed in alphabetical order by last name.)

NAME

YEAR

SCHOOL

EVENTS

HOMETOWN

Wayne Davis II

JR

Texas A&M

Hurdles

Raleigh, N.C.

Derek Drouin

RS SR

Indiana

Jumps

Corunna, Ontario

Johannes Hock

FR

Texas

Combined Events

Cologne, Germany

Sam Humphreys

SR

Texas A&M

Throws

Laredo, Texas

Sam Kendricks

SO

Ole Miss

Pole Vault

Oxford, Miss.

Erik Kynard

SR

Kansas State

High Jump

Toledo, Ohio

Lawi Lalang

JR

Arizona

Distance

Eldoret, Kenya

Bryshon Nellum

RS SR

USC

Sprints

Los Angeles, Calif.

Charles Silmon

SR

TCU

Sprints

Waco, Texas

Julian Wruck

RS JR

UCLA

Throws

Brisbane, Australia

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

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