Charles Jock Named to The Bowerman Watch List, Derrick Returns to Elite Ten
UC Irvine’s Jock runs second sub-1:45 800 in his career last weekend
May 16, 2012
NEW ORLEANS – UC Irvine’s Charles Jock was added to The Bowerman Watch List and Stanford’s Chris Derrick rejoined the group of ten the award’s men’s watch list committee announced on Wednesday. Jock won an incredible race over rival Ryan Martin (UC Santa Barbara) in the 800 meters at the Big West Championships last weekend in an American- and collegiate-leading time of 1:44.75. Stanford’s Derrick won the Pac-12 title in the 5000 meters last weekend and ranks in the all-time collegiate top ten in the 10,000 meters.
Jock is making the first appearance of his career on the watch list while Derrick returns to the group of ten for the first time since March 14.
Added to the “also receiving mention” list this update is Columbia’s Kyle Merber and Whitworth’s Carter Comito. Merber ran the fastest collegiate 1500-meter race since 1981 (3:35.59) on Monday at Swarthmore’s Last Chance Meet. Merber ranks only behind collegiate-record holder Sydney Maree (Villanova) on the all-time collegiate list in the event. Comito leads the NCAA Division III discus ranks by more than 12 feet.
THE BOWERMAN OFFICIAL WATCH LIST, 2012 MEN
(updated May 16, listed in alphabetical order, always ten names)
Winter Garden, Fla.
Chris Derrick (P)
Mt. Ida, Ark.
Charles Jock (N)
San Diego, Calif.
Black Creek, B.C.
Riviera Beach, Fla.
Kansas City, Mo.
(P) – Promoted from the “also receiving mention” list
(N) – new to either list
QUICKLY – The Watch List in 2012
Curtis Beach, Duke – OUTDOOR: Beach placed second in the decathlon at the ACC Championships with a season’s best score of 7,764 points. In the 1500-meter portion of the event, Beach won by 30 seconds over the field. Earlier in the season, in early April, he wowed observers with a 1:47.99 run in the 800 meters at the Duke Invitational. The time ranks in the national top 15 among all collegians in the event this year. His season’s best in the long jump of 24-9¾ (7.56m) ranks in the top 35 of Division I this season.
INDOOR: Beach was the indoor season’s NCAA and ACC Champion of the heptathlon. With a score of 6,183 points, a score that finished fourth in the world in 2012, at the national championships, Beach became the third-best performer in the collegiate history of the event. He sits only behind world-record holder Ashton Eaton (Oregon) and Olympic medalist and two-time World Champion Trey Hardee (Texas) on the all-time list. Also at the NCAA Championships, Beach reset his own heptathlon world record by four seconds in the 1000 meters with a run of 2:23.63 to secure overall victory. The time also placed him in the collegiate top ten of the open 1000 for the season. Beach won the ACC title in the heptathlon by nearly 600 points with a score of 5,862.
Jeff Demps, Florida – OUTDOOR: Currently holds the NCAA’s top seed with a wind-aided clocking of 10.01 over 100 meters to win the collegiate race at the Texas Relays. Undefeated at the distance this year in finals which also includes a wind-legal run of 10.11 to win the Florida Relays. Ran a wind-aided 20.64 in the 200 meters at the Pepsi Relays to rank among the NCAA’s top 25 seeds in the event this year. As a member of the Gators’ 4x100-relay team, Demps helped UF to a 38.67 clocking at the Tom Jones Invitational – the second-best time by a collegiate team this year. He did not participate at the SEC Championships due to a reported issue with his hamstring.
INDOOR: Demps won his third-consecutive NCAA 60-meter title during the indoor season, joining Pitt’s Lee McRae (1986-87-88, 55 meters), Texas A&M’s Curtis Dickey (1978-79-80, 60 yards), and Nebraska’s Charlie Greene (1965-66-67, 60 yards) as three-time national indoor sprint champs. In the national preliminary, Demps clocked a personal-best and collegiate-leading 6.52 to move to eighth on the all-time collegiate list in the event. Demps finished third in the 60-meter final at the SEC meet (6.64). In total, Demps clocked sub-6.60 on six occasions in the 60, a national best. Demps’6.52 placed him sixth on the world list for 2012.
Chris Derrick, Stanford – OUTDOOR: Derrick ranks in the NCAA’s top 15 in three distance events. Most notably, Derrick clocked 27:31.38 as the second-best collegian in the 10k at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. The time ranks third-best in the world this year and places him fifth on the all-time collegiate performers list in the event. In the 5000, Derrick ranks 11th in the NCAA with a season best of 13:37.55 clocked in winning the Pac-12 title. He led Stanford to the 4x1500 relay title at the Texas Relays and was the winner of the 3000 meters at the Cal-Stanford Big Meet.
INDOOR: At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Derrick had a pair of gutsy runner-up performances in the distance events that had the track world buzzing. In the 5000 meters, Derrick took the race’s lead with four laps to go (800 meters) from Arizona duo Lawi Lalang and Stephen Sambu. Sambu would drop off by the next lap and it became a one-on-one battle with Lalang. At the bell, the two were just seven-hundredths-of-a-second from each other side-by-side. Although Lalang would close with a 28.09 final lap to take victory, Derrick’s 29.79 and final 400 meters of 60.32 gained great acclaim. The following evening in the 3000 meters, the two squared off again. Derrick took the lead with two laps to go and the duo again was side-by-side through the tape where Lalang was declared the victor by just 17-hundreths-of-a second. In the final lap of the 3000, Derrick split 27.39 and finished the final 400 in 56.22.
Derrick anchored the Cardinal to a second-place showing at the MPSF Championships in the DMR and was second in the mile at 3:59.13 (OT).
Tim Glover, Illinois State – OUTDOOR: Glover is the current collegiate-leader in the javelin, having marked a best toss of 266-9 (81.31m) to win the Sea Ray Relays. The mark placed Glover in the all-time collegiate top-ten performers list. In the Sea Ray Relays event, Glover notched three throws over the 79-meter mark (259-2), all of which would better the current NCAA performance list. Glover, the defending NCAA Champion in the event, is the current American leader and ranks among the world’s current top ten marks in the javelin. Glover won the Missouri Valley Conference title with a best of 254-6 (77.58m).
INDOOR: Did not compete except for one shot put competition in December.
Andrew Irwin, Arkansas – OUTDOOR: Irwin won the SEC pole vault title with a collegiate- and co-American-leading mark of 18-9¼ (5.72m). Irwin moved to ninth on the all-time collegiate performers list with the clearance. Irwin has won four events this season and has cleared 18-4½ (5.60m) at the Arkansas Spring Invite and twice more won with heights of more than 17-9 (5.41m).
INDOOR: Irwin won the NCAA indoor title in the pole vault as just a freshman. He was the only to clear 18-2½ (5.55m) at the national meet which also turned out to be the collegiate-season’s best. Irwin won the SEC title as the only to clear 18-1¾ (5.53m). Throughout the indoor season, Irwin cleared 18-feet or higher on four occasions, a national high.
Charles Jock, UC Irvine – OUTDOOR: In winning the 800 meters at the Big West Championships, Jock equaled his personal best set in 2011 with a collegiate- and American-leading 1:44.75 run to best UC Santa Barbara’s Ryan Martin by two hundredths of a second. Jock ranks seventh on the all-time collegiate performers list in the event.
INDOOR: Did not compete.
Lawi Lalang, Arizona – OUTDOOR: Pac-12 Champion in the 1500 (3:47.33). Placed runner-up in a thrilling 5k race at the Mt. SAC Relays to fellow watch-lister Cam Levins with a time of 13:18.88 – a time that ranks second among collegians this year and sixth all-time in the collegiate ranks. The following weekend, Lalang placed as the top collegian in the 1500 meters at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational where he would run 3:36.77 behind three professionals. The clocking in that event ranks eighth on the all-time collegiate list and tops among the NCAA this year.
INDOOR: Lalang had one of the most noteworthy collegiate indoor seasons of all-time. In a total of five distance races, Lalang never lost to a collegian, set a new collegiate record in the 5000 meters, and won two NCAA titles.
At the NCAA Championships, Lalang scored the 3000-5000 double with titles in both events – the first to do so since Oregon’s Galen Rupp in 2009. In the 5000, Lalang claimed a new NCAA-Championships record with a 13:25.11 run, clocking 28.09 in the final 200 meters, in holding off Stanford’s Chris Derrick. The next night, Lalang again held off Derrick and won the 3000 by a sixth-of-a-second in 7:46.64, just off the meet record of 7:46.03. Lalang closed the 3000 with laps of 28.60 and 27.28. Earlier in the season, Lalang toppled the collegiate record in the 5000 meters by 10 seconds with a 13:08.28 run at the Millrose Games where he finished second only to professional Bernard Lagat. Lalang also won the MPSF 3000-meter title in 7:44.48 (OT) and opened the season by winning the Razorback Invitational mile in 3:55.09, the third-fastest time in collegiate history.
Cameron Levins, Southern Utah – OUTDOOR: On two consecutive weekends, Levins tore-up the collegiate-running headlines with big runs at the Mt. SAC Relays and Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational. At the Mt. SAC Relays, Levins would outrun Arizona’s Lawi Lalang in a thriller to clock the NCAA’s best time of the season, 13:18.47. The mark is fifth all-time in the collegiate ranks and the fastest by a collegian since 2008. At the Payton Jordan meet, Levins would run another winner against a stout field of pros and collegians with a 10k world-leading run of 27:27.96, topping Sam Chelanga and Stanford’s Chris Derrick among others. The time of 27:27.96 is also No. 2 on the all-time collegiate list. Two weeks removed from the Payton Jordan meet, Levins competed in five races at the Summit League Championships and swept the finals of the 800, 1500, 5000, and 10k for 40 points in the league meet.
INDOOR: At the NCAA Championships, placed third in the 3000 meters and fourth in the 5000 meters. Took home FOUR Summit League conference titles with victories in the 800, Mile, 3000, and 5000. He was the top collegian in the 3000 meters at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in Boston where he ran 7:45.75, the fastest time by a collegian since 2009 and eighth-fastest all-time. He was the winner of the UW Invitational 3000 (7:48.25) and 5000 (13:42.90). At the Millrose Games, Levins placed seventh overall in the Mile with a run of 3:57.16.
Tony McQuay, Florida – OUTDOOR: Winner of the 400 meters at the SEC Championships in a season’s best 45.48 – a time that ranks in a tie for seventh in the NCAA ranks. He also led Florida to the SEC crown in the 4x400 and their relay ranks second in the NCAA with a season best of 3:02.41 from winning at the Drake Relays. He also a member of the Gators’ 4x100 that ranks second in the nation. In the 200, McQuay’s best of 20.60 is in the NCAA’s top 20.
INDOOR: McQuay won the NCAA indoor title in the 400 meters with a collegiate-leading time of 45.77 – a performance that also placed him in the world’s top ten for 2012. In event’s preliminary, he ran a then-collegiate leading 45.85 to lead all qualifiers.
Maurice Mitchell, Florida State – OUTDOOR: He won the 200 meters (20.65) and was the runner-up in the 100 meters (10.21) at the ACC Championships. Mitchell is currently the NCAA’s No. 1 seed in the 200 meters as result of a wind-aided 20.08 run to win the Pepsi Relays. That mark ranks third among all-conditions times in the world this season. His season’s best of 10.17 in the 100 meters from the ACC preliminary rounds ranks in the NCAA’s top ten this season.
INDOOR: At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Mitchell placed third in the 200 meters (20.66) and sixth in the 60 meters (6.62). In the preliminaries of both events, Mitchell ran season bests of 6.59 (60) and 20.60 (200). Mitchell claimed the ACC title in the 200 meters and was the conference’s runner-up in the 60.
ALSO RECEIVING MENTION
Carter Comito (N)
Kyle Merber (N)
Dix Hills, N.Y.
Conor McCullough (D)
Canoga Park, Calif.
Ricky Robertson (D)
St. Thomas (Minn.)
North Central (Ill.)
(D) – Demoted from the watch list
(N) – new to either list
ALL-TIME WATCH LIST APPEARANCES
(last appearance date also listed)
DEMPS, Jeff (Florida)
ANDERSON, Jeshua (Washington State)
CHELANGA, Sam (Liberty)
TAYLOR, Christian (Florida)
BATTY, Miles (BYU)
CLAYE, Will (Florida)
By Current Conference
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