Lawson Named to Bowerman Watch List


NEW ORLEANS – Arkansas senior and 12-time All-American Jarrion Lawson has been named to the 2016 Preseason Men’s Bowerman Watch List, announced on Thursday afternoon by the USTFCCCA. Lawson is one of only 10 student-athletes to earn a coveted spot on the list that highlights the best-of-the-best of collegiate track and field.

The Bowerman emerged in 2009 as the top award in collegiate track and field presented annually to the most outstanding male and female athletes in the country. Past recipients of the trophy include Olympians and World championship medalists.

A native of Texarkana, Texas, Lawson is well known for his skills on the runway in college, national, and international competition. Prior to his success at Arkansas, Lawson swept the horizontal jumps at the 2012 USATF Junior Championships immediately following the end of his high school career. Lawson went on to experience success on the world stage adding to Team USA’s medal count with a bronze in the long jump at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

Since joining the Razorbacks in 2012, Lawson has earned two national titles, two NCAA silver medals and 12 first team All-America honors. A 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships qualifier in both the 100-meter dash and long jump, Lawson capped his junior season with a top five finish in the long jump at the competition.

10 men were selected as Watch List members, with three additional men also receiving consideration:

Devon Allen, Oregon
Ronnie Baker, TCU
Jake Blankenship, Tennessee
Edward Cheserek, Oregon
Najee Glass, Florida
Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas
Brandon McBride, Mississippi State
Nick Miller, Oklahoma State
Chad Noelle, Oklahoma State
Maicel Uibo, Georgia

Also receiving votes: Ryan Crouser (Texas); Grant Fisher (Stanford); Sam Mattis (Penn)

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