Patterson Earns Preseason Bowerman Recognition

Jan. 14, 2010

USTFCCCA Official Release and List

TUCSON - UA high jumper Liz Patterson earned recognition Thursday as the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Association released its preseason watchlist for the Bowerman Award - one of the more prestigious individual awards in collegiate track and field.

The Bowerman Trophy, in just its second year since its inceptions, is awarded by the USTFCCCA to the top collegiate male and female athlete at the end of the season - essentially serving as track and fields version of an MVP Award.

The watch list is decided by a board of four members from the USTFCCCA, one board for the men and one for the women.  In the preseason list, ten women are named to the official list with five others earning an honorable mention of sorts and will be considered for future watch lists.  As the season goes on, the list will come down to three finalists with the winner be chosen following the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships in June.  Patterson earned one of the five honrable mention positions.

Patterson's resume has spoken for itself over the past couple years, with a National Championship and two national runners-up finishes over the past two years both indoors and outdoors.  Patterson was the 2008 outdoor champion and finished second to 2009 Bowerman finalist Destinee Hooker both indoors and outdoors last season.  Patterson holds the thirdst mark among UA women in history at 1.95m (6-4 3/4), which she achieved at the NCAA Indoor CHampionships last season.

The next watch list will be released March 16 at the conclusion of the 2010 indoor season. 

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