As the 2023 track and field season gets into full swing, it's time for an early look at potential winners of the Bowerman, an annual award presented to the most outstanding athletes in collegiate track and field. A preseason watch list for the 2023 Bowerman was released Jan.10-11, previewing some of the best in DI track and field.
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Seven returning women's semifinalists from 2022 were automatically on the preseason watch list, with Cal's Camryn Rogers making the list as the lone returning finalist. Florida's Talitha Diggs and Texas A&M's Lamara Distin made their debut appearances on the watch list.
Four returning men's semifinalists from 2022 were automatically on the preseason watch list, with Arkansas' Ayden Owens-Delerme making the list as the lone returning finalist. Stanford's Charles Hicks, Arkansas' Wayne Pinnock and Northern Arizona's Nico Young made their debut appearances.
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The rest of the watch list was selected by the watch list committee, a subcommittee of the full Bowerman Advisory Board.
Throughout the season, only 10 men and 10 women will make each official watch list update. Athletes who received votes will also be listed. Three men and three women will be named finalists in late June, with the 2023 men's and women's Bowerman winners announced in December at the annual USTFCCCA convention in Denver, Colorado.
Checkout the complete watch lists below.
|Adelaide Aquilla||Ohio State||Throws|
|Lamara Distin||Texas A&M||Jumps|
|Jorinde Van Klinken||Oregon||Throws|
|Sean "Squirrel" Burrell||LSU||Hurdles|
|Kyle Garland||Georgia||Combined Events|
|Sondre Guttormsen||Princeton||Pole Vault|
|Ayden Owens-Delerme||Arkansas||Combined Events|
|Turner Washington||Arizona State||Throws|
|Nico Young||Northern Arizona||Distance|
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The following athletes received votes:
- Women | Grace Stark | Florida | Sprints/Hurdles
- Women | Katelyn Tuohy | NC State | Mid-Distance/Distance
- Men| Jordan Geist | Arizona | Throws
- Men| Eliud Kipsang | Alabama | Mid-Distance
- Men| Carey McLeod | Arkansas | Jumps
- Men| Zach McWhorter | Duke | Pole Vault
- Men| Marc Minichello | Georgia | Javelin
- Men| Jacory Patterson | Florida | Sprints
- Men| Claudio Romero | LSU | Throws
- Men| Micah Williams | Oregon | Sprints
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Preseason watchlist breakdown
|Event||# on Men's Watch List||# on Women's Watch List||Total on Watch list|
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|Total on Watch list||School|
|2||Cal, Florida, Georgia|
|1||Arizona State, Northern Arizona, Ohio State, Oregon,
Princeton, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M
|Total on Watch list||School|
|1||Big 12, Big Ten, Big Sky, Ivy|
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Future watch list dates for the Bowerman
|First in-season watch list of indoor||Feb. 1|
|Post-Indoor Conference||March 1|
|Post-NCAA Indoor||March 22|
|First watch list of outdoor||April 12|
|Second watch list of outdoor||May 3|
|Post-NCAA Prelims||June 5|
|Post-NCAA Outdoor||June 19|
|First in-season watch list of indoor||Feb. 2|
|Post-Indoor Conference||March 2|
|Post-NCAA Indoor||March 23|
|First watch list of outdoor||April 13|
|Second watch list of outdoor||May 4|
|Post-NCAA Prelims||June 6|
|Post-NCAA Outdoor||June 20|
Typically, the Bowerman watch list will release on the dates below at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesdays for women and 4 p.m. ET on Thursday for men. The dates in June are tentative as of Jan. 13. The winner will be announced at the 2023 USTFCCCA convention in Denver during December.