Harry Adams on Bowerman Watch List
Jan. 9, 2013
NEW ORLEANS – Auburn senior sprinter Harry Adams was named to the 2013 Bowerman Award Watch List as announced by the Bowerman Watch List Committee and the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.
“Being mentioned with the Bowerman is a tremendous honor,” Auburn head coach Ralph Spry said. “It identifies the body of work coming into season for both Kai and Harry. It is a tremendous accomplishment to even be a part of the preseason list. We are really excited. The bottom line is that he still has to execute.
“The Bowerman is our sport’s Heisman Trophy. We are honored to be mentioned in that category whether we win or not. It’s a tribute to this program and this coaching stuff. It’s really exciting.”
Adams posted the top wind-legal marks by a collegian in both the 100 and 200 meters during the 2012 outdoor season with his times of 9.96 seconds and 20.10 seconds. He was also the 2012 SEC Indoor Champion at 60 meters and recorded the second-fastest 60m time in the country (6.55 seconds).
Additionally, Adams was a part of the Auburn 4x100m relay team that erased a 35-year-old school record with a blistering 38.30 second run at the 2012 Texas Relays. That mark is the fastest in the nation in 2012 and the fourth-fastest time in NCAA history.
The senior from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. is a six-time All-American and finished as the runner-up in the 100 meters at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships. He is the only sprinter on the 10-man list.
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. Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.
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).
Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.
For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.
Adams and the rest of the Auburn team open the 2013 season on Saturday at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener at the Birmingham CrossPlex. For the latest on Auburn Track and Field, follow @AUTrack on Twitter.
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