FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas Razorback senior Alain Bailey, a member of the men’s track and field team, has been named to the Bowerman Award watch list, it was announced Wednesday. Bailey is one of three SEC competitors on the list and only the second SEC field event student-athlete recognized.
The Bowerman Award, presented annually by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association, is given to the top male and female collegiate track and field student-athletes at the conclusion of each season.
"Alain is having a phenomenal season," head coach Chris Bucknam said. "He’s such a competitor so this is a great honor for him. He provides great leadership and a great example for our team."
Bailey is the 2010 NCAA Indoor and 2010 SEC Indoor and Outdoor Champion in the long jump. His best indoor mark, 26-9.75 from the SEC Championships, ranked No. 1 in the NCAA and is No. 4 on Arkansas’ all-time list. He matched the same distance to win his first NCAA title in the event at the NCAA Championships. His best outdoor mark, 27-4.75 from the SEC Championships, ranks No. 1 in the world and is No. 5 on Arkansas all-time list.
Bailey is a four-time All-American, a six-time SEC Champion and a nine-time All-SEC honoree. He is the 2009 Jamaican National Champion in the long jump and competed on Team Jamaica at the 2009 IAAF World Championships.
The Razorbacks will compete next at the NCAA West preliminary rounds, May 27-29, in Austin, Texas. For more information on the Bowerman award, visit ustfccca.org.