Texas Tech senior Kennedy Kithuka
has been named to The Bowerman Preseason Watch List.Jan. 9, 2013 The Bowerman Men's Preseason Watch List
LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech senior distance runner Kennedy Kithuka
has officially been named to The Bowerman Preseason Men's Watch List as announced by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Wednesday. The most prestigious postseason award in collegiate track and field, The Bowerman is given annually to the most outstanding male and female athlete in collegiate track and field. Kithuka joins a total of 10 athletes on the preseason watch list with the 2013 season-opener set for this weekend. "This is a wonderful recognition for Kennedy," Texas Tech head track and field coach Wes Kittley
said. "He has done a phenomenal job representing Texas Tech both on and off the track, and we are eager for what he can accomplish for us this season." Kithuka enters the 2013 indoor track and field season after becoming the first male runner in school history to win the NCAA Cross Country Championship last fall. The Thika, Kenya native was later named the National Male Athlete of the Year for the 2012 cross country season after going undefeated in seven meets. Kithuka's dominant 2012 cross country season also included a first place finish at the Big 12 Championships where led the field by over a minute. With the dominant performance in Austin, he became Tech's first-ever male Big 12 Cross Country Champion. Texas Tech hosts its 2013 indoor track and field season-opener Saturday with the Texas Tech Open inside the Athletic Training Center.