Lawson on Bowerman Radar


NEW ORLEANS – NCAA and world long jump leader Jarrion Lawson solidified his contention in the race to be named the best male athlete in collegiate track and field for 2016 with a selection to the Feb. Bowerman Watch List. Lawson entered his senior season as one of the early favorites for the award and has continued to distinguish himself from the group with awe-inspiring performances.

Five out of the 10 Bowerman Watch List selections hail from the SEC.

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

Hitting the runway for the first time since June 2015, Lawson opened up his final collegiate long jump season at the Razorback Invitational. The former NCAA long jump champion took some time to get used to his newfound speed and strength acquired from summer and fall training, jumping to a modest 7.50m/24-7.25 on his first attempt.

Upon finding his rhythm, Lawson began to harness his power producing major marks. The 12-time All-American leapt the competition by almost 10 inches to win the event for the Razorbacks with a mark of 8.17m/26-9.75.

Arkansas men’s track and field return to action on Feb. 12-13 as they host the Tyson Invitational. Tickets are $5 for adults and youth 17-and-under get in free.

The Razorbacks will host the 2016 SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Feb. 26-27. All-session tickets for the event are now on sale. All-session ticket prices are $35 for reserved seating and $25 for adult general admission. Youth and general admission student tickets are available for $15.

Tickets will be available online, or by calling the Razorback Athletics Ticket Center at 800-982-4647. You can also visit the Ticket Center in person at 1295 S. Razorback Road, just east of Baum Stadium.

10 student-athletes were selected as Watch List members, with an additional three also receiving consideration:

Devon Allen, Oregon
Ronnie Baker, TCU
Jake Blankenship, Tennessee
Donavan Brazier, Texas A&M
Edward Cheserek, Oregon
Najee Glass, Florida
Brannon Kidder, Penn State
Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas
Nick Miller, Oklahoma State
Maicel Uibo, Georgia

Also Receiving Votes: Michael Cherry, LSU; Chukwuebuka Enekwechi, Purdue; Sam Mattis, Pennsylvania; Brandon McBride, Mississippi State; Garrett Scantling, Georgia; John Teeters, Oklahoma State

Next Men’s Watch List: Thursday, March 3

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