NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Tennessee junior sprinter Christian Coleman has been named to the pre-NCAA Prelims watch list for the 2017 Bowerman Award which is presented by the USTFCCCA.
The Bowerman was founded in 2009 and is given yearly to the nation's top track and field athlete. This is the seventh watch list update of 2017 and Coleman has been on every edition of the watch list.
Coleman became the first collegian in history to record wind-legal times under 10 seconds in the 100m and under 20 seconds in the 200m on the same day. He won the SEC Championship in both events posting a 100m mark of 9.97, a mark that ranks fourth in the world in 2017. Less than an hour later, Coleman won the 200m championship with a mark of 19.98, the top wind-legal mark in the NCAA and the fourth-best mark in the world in 2017. Coleman also moved into second place on the school’s all-time 200m list, trailing only Justin Gatlin’s mark of 19.86. He was named USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Week on Tuesday for the second time in 2017.
The performance this weekend is only the latest in what has been a stellar outdoor season for Coleman. He posted a time of 9.93 seconds in the 100m dash at the SEC Relays on Saturday. He claimed first place while racing with a +3.2 m/s wind at his back. His mark was the top time in the NCAA this year and tied for the sixth-fastest time in the world in 2017, regardless of wind. The time of 9.93 seconds leads all American sprinters in the 100m this year. It would rank as a Tennessee school record, if wind was not taken into account. Coleman set the current school record last year at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Coleman remains undefeated in all individual events during the outdoor season.
To go along with Coleman's strong outdoor season, he boasts two NCAA National Championships from the indoor season. Winning national titles in the 60m and 200m dash. He won the 60m with a time of 6.45 and the 200m in 20.11 seconds. The USTFCCCA named Coleman its National Track Athlete of the Year in March for his dominant performance during the indoor season.
Coleman and the rest of Tennessee’s track & field team will compete in the NCAA East Regional on May 25-27 in Lexington, Kentucky.