HOUSTON – Fresh off an NCAA Championship in the 4x100-meter relay and a silver medal in the 100-meter dash, senior sprinter Elijah Hall has been named a semifinalist for The Bowerman, the USTFCCCA announced Thursday.
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The Bowerman, NCAA Track & Field’s most prestigious award, is granted to the top men’s and women’s track & field athlete in a given year. The Bowerman watch list is updated throughout the season to reflect athletes’ performances from week to week. Hall has landed on each of the previous watch lists for the Post-Indoor and Mid-Outdoor earlier this season.
Hall found himself on the watch post-indoor watch list on March 15 after one of the most successful sprint campaigns in NCAA Indoor Championship history. The Katy, Texas, native opened the championships with Houston’s first-ever NCAA Championship in the 60-meter dash, running the program’s second-fastest time at 6.52.
The senior had one more historic run to make in the finals of the 200-meter dash later in the afternoon. After exploding out of the blocks, Hall cruised one-lap around the track in 20.02 to clock the second-fastest time in world history in the indoor 200. Hall’s time broke Wallace Spearmon’s 13-year old NCAA mark of 20.10 and set new American, Collegiate and NCAA Championship records in the process.
Hall earned First-Team All-America honors for each event, becoming the ninth Cougar to claim the award in the 60 and just the second to claim the award in the 200. Hall scored 20 points for the Cougars in the championship meet, which would have placed him 10th overall in the team standings by himself.
Hall carried his success into the outdoor slate, where he ran the second leg of Houston’s 4x100-meter relay which won its second-consecutive NCAA Championship in an American Record 38.17 in the rain in Oregon. Following the relay, Hall took the silver medal in the 100-meter dash, finishing just behind teammate Cameron Burrell at 10.17.
The finalists for The Bowerman will be revealed on June 21.
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