NEW ORLEANS, La. – Florida State hurdler Trey Cunningham has been named to The Bowerman Preseason Watch List while jumper Isaac Grimes is receiving votes for the watch list. Cunningham is making his eighth appearance on The Bowerman Watch List, the most among active athletes. This is the first time Grimes has made an appearance or received votes on the list.
Both athletes will look to become the Noles’ first Bowerman semifinalist since Maurice Mitchell in 2012. Ngoni Makusha is the is the lone Nole to win the award in 2011. Cunningham is just the seventh Nole to appear on The Bowerman watch list as he joins Mitchell, Makusha, Andre Ewers (2019), James Harris (2014), Charles Clark (2011) and Kimberly Williams (2010-11). The Winfield, Ala., native is the first Nole to appear on the watch list in three separate seasons (2020-22). Cunningham currently is the school record holder in the 60m hurdles (7.51) and is a four-time ACC champion in the event.
Grimes is coming off a phenomenal 2021 season where he finished runner-up in the long jump at both the NCAA Indoor Championships and the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He holds the school record in the long jump (8.35m) and was named the 2021 ACC Indoor Field Performer of the Year and the 2021 ACC Outdoor Field Performer of the Year.
The Noles will begin their spring indoor season on Jan. 14-15 at the Clemson Invite in Clemson, S.C.
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Full Men’s Bowerman Preseason Watch List
Sean Burrell*, LSU (Hurdles)
Trey Cunningham, Florida State (Hurdles)
Joseph Fahnbulleh*, Florida (Sprints)
Emmanuel Ihemeje*, Oregon (Jumps)
Wesley Kiptoo*, Iowa State (Distance)
Brandon Miller*, Texas A&M (Mid-Distance)
Yared Nuguse, Notre Dame (Mid-Distance/Distance)
Randolph Ross*, North Carolina A&T (Sprints)
Karel Tilga, Georgia (Combined Events)
Turner Washington, Arizona State (Throws)
* making watch list debut
also receiving votes: Trevor Bassitt, Ashland (Sprints/Hurdles), Brandon Ellis, Stephen F. Austin (Pole Vault), Isaac Grimes, Florida State (Jumps), Zach McWhorter, BYU (Pole Vault), Abdihamed Nur, Northern Arizona (Distance), Tripp Piperi, Texas (Throws), Micah Williams, Oregon (Sprints), Noah Williams, LSU (Sprints)