STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA/MSU Athletics) – For the second straight year, Anderson Peters is a semifinalist for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field’s highest honor. He joins Brandon McBride as Mississippi State’s only two-time semifinalist (2014, 2016).
The Bowerman was created in 2009 and is given annually to the top male and female athlete in track and field by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Peters, the USTFCCCA South Region Co-Field Athlete of the Year won consecutive SEC and NCAA championships this season while breaking his own meet record at both the conference and national level. He led his teammates to the second sweep of the NCAA men’s javelin podium in history and the first since 1964.
“Anderson’s name deserves to be mentioned alongside some of the best athletes in the country because he has proven time and again that he is not only one of the best athletes of his era but also one of the best NCAA Division I athletes of all time,” interim head coach Chris Woods said. “Anderson does an excellent job of representing our track and field program as well as our university, and it is an honor that he is a semifinalist for The Bowerman.”
The St. Andrews, Grenada, native ranks third in NCAA history and holds six of the top 10 throws all-time. He holds the facility record at all but one venue he threw at this year (Texas).
Peters is No. 5 in the world in the javelin this year with a mark of 86.62m (282-4) and is the youngest to throw more than 85.00m (278-10). Excluding fouls, each of his attempts is among the top-30 throws of the year, including all of the top 15 marks.
Peters joins fellow countrymen Lindon Victor (Texas A&M) and Kirani James (Alabama) who were also two-time semifinalists for the award from Grenada. Three finalists for the award will be selected on Thursday, June 20. The Bowerman will be presented in December at the annual USTFCCCA convention in Orlando, Florida.