Names in the games: Slater, Joseph, Cato, Rouse, Butler

Slater wins Canadian junior national title

Tristan Slater, Capital’s two-time state champion pole vaulter, cleared 15 feet, 11 inches in a strong wind to win at the Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships Saturday in Blainville/Sainte-Therese.

Slater, who has dual citizenship in Canada and the U.S., will compete next at a meet in Knoxville, Tenn., on Friday and at the USATF Region 5 Championships at Laidley Field on Saturday. He is gunning for the Canadian age group record of 16-4 1/2 (5.01 meters).

WVU’s Joseph on watch list for Bednarik Award

West Virginia University junior safety Karl Joseph was named Monday to the watch list for the 20th annual Bednarik Award, which has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.

Joseph finished with 68 tackles as a sophomore in 2013, as well as having two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, four pass breakups, an interception and three tackles for loss. He ranked No. 1 in the Big 12 and No. 2 nationally in fumbles recovered.

Herd’s Cato, Rouse, Butler on watch lists

Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato, defensive lineman James Rouse and running back Steward Butler were named to college football award watch lists Monday.

Cato was selected to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the college player of the year. The senior from Miami has thrown a touchdown pass in 32 consecutive games.

Rouse, who was named Marshall’s team MVP by his teammates in 2013, was named a candidate for the Bednarik Award (top defensive player).

Butler was picked as a nominee for the College Football Performance Awards Running Back Trophy. He averaged 8.8 yards per carry last fall.

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