FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the third-consecutive release, sophomore Omar McLeod appears on the Bowerman Watch List as released Wednesday afternoon. He is the two-time defending NCAA indoor champion in the 60-meter hurdles and collegiate-record holder in the event. McLeod has yet to compete during the outdoor season but owns personal bests of 13.44 in 110-meter hurdles and 51.79 in the 400-meter hurdles from his freshman year.
The Kingston, Jamaica, native first appeared on the Watch List in February after winning the 60-meter hurdles titles at the SEC Indoor Championships. In that effort, he posted a winning mark of 7.49 to post the then-No. 2 time in NCAA history. McLeod capped his indoor season by successfully defending his national title by clocking a collegiate-record time of 7.45 in front of the home crowd at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
The Bowerman award, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the standout male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation. In total, the winners from the award’s first five years have won three Olympic medals, two World Championship titles and six World Championship medals overall. The next men’s Watch List will be released May 6.
In the most recent national poll, the Razorbacks are the No. 8 team in the USTFCCCA rankings. Through the first three weeks of the outdoor season, Arkansas has four top-25 NCAA performances including top-10 marks by Kemoy Campbell at 10,000 meters and Andrew Irwin in the pole vault. The Arkansas men are in competition this week at the Razorback Combined in Fayetteville and the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.
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