For the second year in a row, two Caribbean athletes have been named to the Preseason Bowerman Men’s Watch list.
Jamaican sprinter Andre Ewers and Grenadian thrower Anderson Peters have followed in the footsteps of Nathon Allen and Kemar Mowatt, who made the prestigious list a year ago.
Ewers, a transfer from Butler County College, burst out the gate quickly announcing his arrival to the big stage by tying the Florida State University 60-meter record (6.52 seconds) en route to winning on Division One debut at the Larry Wieczorek Invitational.
The quick start was a sign of things to come for the Jamaican native as he enjoyed a breakout season that saw him win bronze in the 100m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Outdoor Championships Male Track MVP award after capturing the sprint double. At the Indoor Conference Championships, he won bronze in the 60m bronze before capturing the 200m title.
On top of that, he became the 19th Jamaican male to go below 10 seconds in the 100m clocking 9.98 (WIND: +1.9m/s) at the NCAA Championships East Preliminaries.
The 23 year old, who attended high school in Florida, returns for his senior season as a four-time first-team All-American (indoor and outdoor) and the highest point scorer (15 points) from last year’s Outdoor Nationals.
It is fair to say that Peters had an even better 2018.
The man from the island of spice demolished the field to win the Men’s Javelin Outdoor National Title by over 3 full metres as a freshman. His winning throw of 82.82m broke the Championships Record (82.58m) making him the 7th-best performer with the 10th-best performance in NCAA history.
The St. Andrews, Grenada native also shattered the Mississippi State University Freshman record by more than 6m 82.04m to win the SEC title a couple months earlier. The 21 year old threw over 80m five times last season impressing voters enough to name him the SEC Freshman Field Athlete of the Year.
If Peters goes on to win he will make history as no thrower has ever won the award.
The Bowerman is an annual track and field award that is the highest accolade given to the year’s best student-athlete in American collegiate track and field. It is named after Oregon track and field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman
Those who make the Bowerman Preseason Watch List usually have a leg up on the competition.
Ever since The Bowerman Watch List was introduced in 2010, six of the past nine winners appeared on the preseason edition, including each winner from 2013 to 2017.