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 Pre-Conference 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 fifth career Watch List appearance.
The graduate student from Potomac, Maryland, won the Michael Johnson Invitational 100 hurdles in 12.50, second only this year to her CR 12.36 at the Texas Relays (the previous record was 12.39 by 2013 The Bowerman winner Brianna Rollins). She has also run 55.39 in the 400 hurdles (third on the seasonal list) and carried the baton on Kentucky’s 42.81 4×100 team (second on the seasonal list). Indoors she was runner-up in the NCAA Indoor 60 hurdles, matching her PR of 7.75 which was a CR when she first ran as fast in January.
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.