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Emmanuel Korir has been named a semifinalist for college track and field’s highest individual honor, The Bowerman Award, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Thursday.
Korir wrapped up his freshman season with a sweep of both 800m national titles. The Kenyan is the first Miner to win the 800m NCAA title since Peter Lemashon outdoors in 1978, and the first to achieve the feat at both NCAA Indoors and Outdoors in the same year.
The All-American holds school records in the indoor 800m (1:46.75), the outdoor 800m (1:43.73) and the outdoor 400m (44.53). Korir is one of three athletes in the world to run a sub-45 400m and a sub-1:44 in the 800m.
Three finalists will be announced on Thursday, June 22 from the following list of semifinalists:
KeAndre Bates, junior, jumps, Florida
Edward Cheserek, senior, distance, Oregon
Christian Coleman, junior, sprints/jumps, Tennessee
Grant Holloway, freshman, hurdles/jumps, Florida
Fred Kerley, senior, springs, Texas A&M
Josh Kerr, sophomore, mid-distance, New Mexico
Emmanuel Korir, freshman, mid-distance, UTEP
Ioannis Kyriazis, junior, throws, Texas A&M
Filip Mihaljevic, junior, throws, Virginia
Lindon Victor, senior, combined events, Texas A&M
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