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Florida's Marquis Dendy and Arman Hall are two of 10 men's athletes on The Bowerman Trophy Preseason Watch List.

Wednesday January 8, 2014Marquis Dendy & Arman Hall Named to The Bowerman Trophy Preseason Watch List

Florida's Marquis Dendy and Arman Hall are two of 10 men's athletes on The Bowerman Trophy Preseason Watch List.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- With the start of the 2014 indoor season just two days away for the Orange and Blue, Florida junior jumper Marquis Dendy and sophomore sprinter Arman Hall are two of 10 elite menís track and field student-athletes recognized on The Bowerman Trophy Menís Preseason Watch List, announced Wednesday.

 

With Dendy and first-timer Hall on the list, Florida bolsters its The Bowerman legacy, which includes an all-time best 59 total Watch List appearances between an all-time best eight individuals. The Bowerman, regarded as ĎThe Heismaní of collegiate track and field, is awarded each year to the top male and female collegiate athletes in the sport of NCAA track and field.

 

The Watch List is determined by the Menís Watch List Committee, which is made up of four individuals. Each of the four submit an undisclosed rank-ordered top 10 list and the 10 student-athletes who garner the most vote-points are included on the Watch List. Student-athletes who received votes but did not make the top 10 are also listed.

 

By conference, the SEC boasts five of the ten Watch Listers to boost its total to 107 all-time appearances. The first regular-season edition of the Menís Watch List for The Bowerman will be released Wednesday, February 5, while the womenís Preseason The Bowermanís Watch List will be announced Thursday afternoon.

 

MARQUIS DENDY NOTABLES

The Bowerman Notes: Dendy makes his sixth appearance on the Watch List after being included five times in 2013. He and fellow Florida Watch Lister Arman Hall bring the Gatorsí total all-time Menís Watch List appearances up to 59, nearly four times as many as second-place Arizona with 17.

 

Last Season: Dendy was the only collegian to surpass 27 feet in the long jump during both the 2012-13 indoor and outdoor collegiate seasons, including a 2013 collegiate-best indoor leap of 27-2 (8.28m) to claim the title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. Dendyís wind-aided mark of 27-2Ĺw (8.29m | 2.3m/s) in the long jump at the NCAA Division I Outdoor East Preliminary round was the second-best all-conditions mark of the outdoor collegiate season.

 

He also performed at a national level in the triple jump, recording the fifth-best indoor mark of the 2012-13 indoor collegiate season at 53-3ĺ (16.25m) and the 13th and a fourth-place NCAA finish. Outdoors he posted a leap of 52-7ľ (16.03m) for the 13th-best wind-legal mark of the collegiate season.

 

Dendy additionally donned the Red, White and Blue for Team USA at the 2013 IAAF World Championships.

 

ARMAN HALL NOTABLES

The Bowerman Notes: Hall appears on the Watch List for the first time. He and UFís Marquis Dendy bring the Gatorsí total all-time Menís Watch List appearances up to 59, nearly four times as many as second-place Arizona with 17. Hall himself is the eighth different Florida student-athlete to appear on the Watch List, the most of any menís program all-time.

 

Last Season: Hall may have been a newcomer to collegiate track & field in 2013, but he performed like a veteran when it mattered in helping Florida to a co-team championship at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships along with Texas A&M. Not only did he finish third at 400 meters in 45.02, but he also ran crucial legs on the winning 4◊100 relay team and the 4◊400 relay team that ultimately clinched the co-team title with a win in the final event. His third-place 400 meter effort made him the third-fastest collegian of the 2013 season, edging out veteran David Verburg by just .01 of a second.

 

Indoors, he helped the Gators to a runner-up showing in the 4◊400 relay at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.

 

After NCAA Outdoors, he continued to build momentum into the summer. At the USA Track & Field Championships, he ran a 44.84q in the semifinals for the sixth-fastest U.S. Junior time in history and qualified for the 2013 IAAF World Championships after running a 45.01 in the final to finish third. In Moscow, where was the youngest-ever 400 meter runner in Team USA history, he advanced to the semifinals.

 

VIEW THE COMPLETE WATCH LIST RELEASE ON USTFCCCA.ORG

 

NAME

YEAR

SCHOOL

EVENTS

HOMETOWN

Ryan Crouser

JR

Texas

Throws

Gresham, Ore.

Wayne Davis II

SR

Texas A&M

Hurdles

Raleigh, N.C.

Marquis Dendy

JR

Florida

Jumps

Middletown, Del.

Arman Hall

SO

Florida

Sprints

Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Johannes Hock

SO

Texas

Combined Events

Cologne, Germany

Sam Kendricks

JR

Mississippi

Pole Vault

Oxford, Miss.

Lawi Lalang

SR

Arizona

Distance

Eldoret, Kenya

Deon Lendore

JR

Texas A&M

Sprints

Arima, Trinidad & Tobago

Anthony Rotich

JR

UTEP

Distance

Nairobi, Kenya

Julian Wruck

RS SR

UCLA

Throws

Brisbane, Australia

 

Also Receiving Votes: Mike Berry (Oregon); Edward Cheserek (Oregon); Andrew Irwin (Arkansas); Dentarius Locke (Florida State); Nick Ross (Arizona); Michael Stigler (Kansas)

 

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