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Lobo track star named to Bowerman watch list

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By The Staff

University of New Mexico track & field student-athlete Josh Kerr captured a spot on The Bowerman Men’s Post-Indoor Watch List, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday.

Kerr, a three-time NCAA champion and back-to-back NCAA mile titlist, is one of 10 men selected to the Post-Indoor Watch List, which is the fourth such list in 2018 for The Bowerman, the highest individual honor in collegiate track & field.

Coming out of the 2018 indoor track & field season, Kerr has cemented himself as one of the elite middle-distance runners in the NCAA.

The first male athlete to win back-to-back NCAA mile crowns since former Lobo Lee Emanuel (2009-10), Kerr defending his upstart win from 2017 with a gusty victory last week at the NCAA Indoor Championships in College Station, Texas.

Powered by his remarkable finishing speed, Kerr won the race in 3 minutes, 57.02 seconds.

He is just the ninth male athlete to win consecutive national championships in the mile run over the 53-year history of the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Kerr also rewrote the record books in February, as he ran a personal-record time of 3:54.72 to place second in the elite Wanamaker Mile at the 2018 NYRR Millrose Games at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory in New York City.

That time makes him the fifth-fastest collegian in the mile run in NCAA history with the sixth-fastest mile time in NCAA history. His time also ranks fifth in the world in 2018.

Kerr is the only athlete in NCAA history to rank top-six in both the mile and its outdoor counterpart, the 1,500-meter.

Kerr ran a time of 3:35.99 in the 1,500-meter last spring to rank No. 6 in NCAA history.