Masai Russell Remains on The Bowerman Watchlist
LEXINGTON, Ky. — University of Kentucky track & field hurdler Masai Russell is one of ten collegiate track & field athletes to be named to the Post-NCAA Indoor Championships edition of The Bowerman Watchlist by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The USTFCCCA announced the latest edition of a 10-person watch list for The Bowerman, which takes into consideration both the indoor and outdoor seasons. This year’s finalists will be announced in December.
This is Russell’s third inclusion on The Bowerman watch list after appearing on the first two watch lists released this year. The graduate student from Potomac, Maryland, matched her PR in finishing second at the NCAA Indoor Championships 60-meter hurdles.
That time of 7.75 was a CR when she first ran it in January, which began a barrage of fast times that makes her the first collegian with three – let alone four – sub-7.80 clockings in history (she has times of 7.77 and 7.78 to go along with two 7.75s).
She has already got her outdoor season up with a 56.66 time in the 400-meter hurdles, winning her first race by 3+ seconds.
Russell is the eighth UK female athlete to make the watch list since the award began in 2009 and the first since Abby Steiner won the award last year.