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Wednesday March 13, 2013Florida's Eddie Lovett Added to Men's Post-Indoor Bowerman Watch List

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Floridaís Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) has been added to the Menís Post-Indoor Bowerman Trophy Watch List, released Wednesday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

 

The newest edition of the Watch List includes nine NCAA title-holders from last weekís NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, and three first-time honorees to the list, including Lovett. 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.

 

Lovett joins teammate and fellow NCAA Champion Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.) on this edition of the Watch List.

 

Lovett etched his name in the record books on the second day of the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, setting a new meet record in the menís 60-meter hurdles with a new personal best and school record of 7.50. Lovettís time breaks Olympic gold medalist Aries Merrittís previous NCAA meet record of 7.51.

 

Lovett now owns fourth-fastest time in collegiate history and is the third-fastest performer in the history of the NCAA. The three-time SEC Champion brought home Floridaís first 60-meter hurdle national title in program history. It is the second hurdle crown in Florida school history, as Earl Diamond won the 55-meter hurdles at the 1989 NCAA Indoor Championships.

 

Dendy captured his first individual NCAA crown, leaping to a new personal best and school record of 8.28m/27-2 to take home the title. The two-time SEC Champion indoors in the event, Dendy is now the sixth-best performer in the history of the NCAA and leads the NCAA and the U.S. in the event this year. His mark is second in the world in 2013.

 

Dendy jumped to a fourth-place result in the menís triple jump, registering a 16.20m/53-1.75 mark after his record-breaking day Friday. Dendy finished with 15 points scored over the course of the two-day meet. The Florida sophomore is a two-time SEC Champion in the menís long jump and is the only collegiate jumper to surpass 27 feet this season.

 

Lovettís inclusion on the Watch List makes him the seventh Gator menís student-athlete to make an appearance Ė joining a storied group that includes Olympians Jeff Demps, Will Claye, Tony McQuay and Christian Taylor. No other program has had more than four student-athletes named to the menís Watch List, an honor shared by Arkansas and Texas A&M. This also marks the 51st individual appearance by a Florida Gator on the Watch List, the most of any school.

 

Claye (2011), Demps (2010) and Taylor (2010) were semifinalists for the award and McQuay (2012) and Taylor (2011) were finalists. The Gators continue to lead the nation in multiple Bowerman semifinalist appearances with five. The SEC leads the all-time semifinalist appearances list with nine.

 

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THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, POST-INDOOR 2013

NAME

YEAR

SCHOOL

EVENTS

HOMETOWN

Marquis Dendy

SO

Florida

Jumps

Middletown, Del.

Derek Drouin

RS SR

Indiana

Jumps/Cmb. Events

Corunna, Ontario

Tim Glover

SR

Illinois State

Javelin

Normal, Ill.

Andrew Irwin

SO

Arkansas

Pole Vault

Mount Ida, Ark.

Kennedy Kithuka

JR

Texas Tech

Distance

Thika, Kenya

Erik Kynard

SR

Kansas State

High Jump

Toledo, Ohio

Lawi Lalang

JR

Arizona

Distance

Eldoret, Kenya

Kevin Lazas

JR

Arkansas

Combined Events

Brentwood, Tenn.

Eddie Lovett

JR

Florida

Hurdles

West Palm Beach, Fla.

Ameer Webb

SR

Texas A&M

Sprints

Tustin, Calif.

 

ALSO RECEIVING MENTION

NAME

YEAR

SCHOOL

EVENTS

HOMETOWN

Harry Adams

SR

Auburn

Sprints

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Mike Berry

JR

Oregon

Sprints

Seattle, Wash.

DíAngelo Cherry

SR

Mississippi State

Sprints

Jonesboro, Ga.

Jordan Clarke

RS SR

Arizona State

Throws

Anchorage, Ala.

Alexander Ziegler

SR

Virginia Tech

Throws

Dischingen, Germany

 

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