Taiwo Added To Bowerman Watch List
Feb. 27, 2013
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NEW ORLEANS - The latest installment of the Bowerman Watch List was announced today by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and Husky senior Jeremy Taiwo was moved onto the 10-person list for track's highest honor for the first time. The Bowerman is the track and field version of the Heisman Trophy and features a periodically updated list of 10 top athletes throughout the year.
Four student-athletes made their 2013 Watch List debut including Taiwo, Florida's Marquis Dendy, Texas A&M's Deon Lendore, and Tulsa's Chris O'Hare. All four lead the NCAA in their respective events, Taiwo in the heptathlon.
Taiwo scored a collegiate-leading and then-world-leading 6,156 in the heptathlon at the Boise State Team Challenge, including a then-all-time world best clearance of 7-4½ (2.25m) in the heptathlon high jump. Ranked as the third-best collegiate performer in the heptathlon in history, his score was the fifth-best in collegiate history. He also ranks No. 7 on the U.S. all-time list.
Following up his effort in Nampa, Idaho, Taiwo was competing in the MPSF Championships last weekend in the Dempsey, but had a slight hamstring injury that forced him to withdraw, but is not expected to keep him from competing at NCAA Indoors on March 9-10.
The last Husky men's athlete to be in the conversation for the Bowerman was three-time NCAA Champion Scott Roth, who was one of the 10 semifinalist at the end of the year in 2011. Current Husky Katie Flood has been on the women's Watch List on several occasions.
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).