NEW ORLEANS – Trinidad and Tobago and Texas A&M sprinter Deon Lendore is one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman Award, which honors the top male and female collegiate athlete in track and field. The men’s semifinalist, chosen by The Bowerman advisory board, was released Monday (23 June).
Joining Lendore among the men’s semifinalists are Arizona’s Lawi Lalang, Baylor’s Trayvon Bromell, Florida’s tandem of Dedric Dukes and Marquis Dendy, Brandon McBride of Mississippi State, Oregon’s duo of Devon Allen and Edward Cheserek, Texas’ Ryan Crouser and UTEP’s Anthony Rotich.
Three finalists for the The Bowerman Award will be named on July 9. Then voting, including an online fan vote, opens July 28. The winner will be announced December 17 at the annual United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association convention.
During the NCAA Outdoor Championships Lendore earned three All-America honors as he scored 14.5 points for the third-place Aggies. Lendore won the 400m title in 45.02 seconds to complete an undefeated season in the event through 14 races, which also included the NCAA Indoor title and a sweep of the SEC indoor and outdoor titles.
A split of 44.10 on the anchor leg of the 4×400 claimed another A&M title as the Aggies set a school record of 2:59.60, which was 0.01 shy of the collegiate record. Lendore also ran the anchor leg of the A&M 4×100 that finished second in the NCAA meet.
Lendore earned SEC Outdoor Runner of the Year honors as he was part of three winning efforts at the SEC Championship meet. In addition to claiming his sixth conference 400m title over the past three seasons, Lendore anchored the Aggie 4×100 and 4×400 to victories as A&M broke the SEC Championship meet records in both relays.
In winning the SEC 400m title, Lendore set a career best of 44.36 seconds, which is No. 7 on all-time collegiate list, and broke the 45-year-old school record of 44.67 held by Curtis Mills. Lendore anchored the Aggies to a 38.50 victory in the 4×100 and 3:01.19 win in the 4×400 with a 44.2 split.
During the 2014 season Lendore anchored three other A&M relay efforts to school record performances in addition to the NCAA Outdoor victory in the 4×400.
Indoors he anchored the Aggie 4×400 to a collegiate record of 3:03.20 as Lendore split 44.63 at the SEC meet. In the 4×100 the Aggies posted a time of 38.30 as runner-up in the Texas Relays, producing the fifth fastest collegiate time ever as A&M became the fourth fastest school. A runner-up effort in the 4×200 at the Penn Relays had the Aggies running 1:20.29, which made A&M the fourth fastest school with the seventh fastest collegiate time.