Recent UC Irvine graduate Charles Jock has been named one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field's biggest individual award on Monday.
An advisory board will pick which athlete receives the award. The winner will be announced June 29.
Jock, a three-time All-American, begins his bid for a spot on the U.S. Olympic track team Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Jock competes in the first round of the 800 meters at the U.S. Olympic Trials with heats starting at 5:20 p.m. Friday.
Sixteen will advance to Saturday's semifinals at 4:45 p.m. with the top eight qualifying for the final on Monday at 7:47 p.m. The top three from Monday's final will earn spots on the U.S. team for the London 2012 Olympics that run from July 27 to Aug. 12.
Jock, also a three-time Big West Conference Track Athlete of the Year, won the NCAA title in the 800 with a time of 1 minute, 45.59 seconds at Des Moines, Iowa, June 8. He became UCI's first individual NCAA champion in 34 years since Steve Scott (1,500) and Mauricio Bardales (decathlon) won titles in 1978.