One Added To Post-NCAA Indoor Championships Men’s Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – The 2017 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships couldn’t have been more exciting on the men’s side.

One man broke the single-meet scoring record. Another swept the short sprint titles and clocked two of the fastest times in collegiate history over those distances. Then another completed one of the most dominant seasons at 400 meters in recent memory and helped his program win its first indoor team title in program history.

You better believe Edward Cheserek, Christian Coleman and Fred Kerley are on the Post-NCAA Indoor Championships Edition of The Bowerman Award Watch List.

The Bowerman Men’s Watch List:
2017 Post-Indoor Championships

(Click student-athletes’ names for their TFRRS page)

KeAndre Bates JR Florida Jumps El Paso, Texas
Edward Cheserek SR Oregon Distance Newark, N.J.
Christian Coleman JR Tennessee Sprints/Jumps Atlanta, Ga.
Mostafa Hassan JR Colorado State Throws Cairo, Egypt
Grant Holloway FR Florida Hurdles/Jumps Chesapeake, Va.
Fred Kerley SR Texas A&M Sprints Taylor, Texas
Emmanuel Korir FR UTEP Mid-Distance Iten, Kenya
Chris Nilsen FR South Dakota Pole Vault Kansas City, Mo.
Lindon Victor SR Texas A&M Combined Events St. George’s, Grenada
Devon Williams SR Georgia Combined Events Marietta, Ga.
Also Receiving Votes: Johnnie Jackson (LSU), Ioannis Kyriazis (Texas A&M), Clive Pullen (Arkansas), Rudy Winkler (Cornell).
NEXT: April 20

Nine of the 10 men on the previous Watch List return to the most recent version released Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). The only change was Devon Williams taking over Rudy Winkler’s spot.

Cheserek was at his usual championship best this weekend in College Station, Texas.

The Oregon senior won the 3000 and 5000 for the second year in a row and finished runner-up in the mile. Add those points together (10 for winning, 8 for 2nd), Cheserek totaled 28 points for the Ducks and shattered the previous single-meet scoring record of 22½ points.

Coleman became the first man to sweep the 60 and 200 since fellow Tennessee standout Justin Gatlin 15 years ago. The current Volunteer started his day by tying an 18-year-old collegiate record in the 60 (6.45) and ran the 2nd fastest time in collegiate history over 200 meters (20.11) a little more than an hour later.

Kerley, the final man in the aforementioned trio, won the 400 and started things off for the championship 4×400 relay team. In the open 400, he ran the 3rd fastest time in collegiate history (44.85) and the fastest time of the season regardless of condition. Then in the 4×400, Kerley split 45.07 and gave the Aggies a full-second lead over eventual runner-up Florida.

KeAndre Bates was a huge reason why the Gators were in the running for the team title. The junior from El Paso, Texas scored 18 points at NCAAs with an individual title in the long jump and a runner-up finish in the triple jump. Bates is the fourth man since 2006 with top-2 finishes in both horizontal jumps. He owned four of the top-10 long jumps this season along with 3 of the top-10 marks in the triple jump this season.

Mostafa Hassan joined the Watch List two weeks ago and remains on it thanks to his fantastic effort at NCAAs. The junior from Cairo, Egypt won the individual event title in the shot put by more than four feet. Hassan became the 10th best performer in collegiate history in the shot put earlier this season at the Mountain West Indoor Championships.

Grant Holloway showed incredible range at NCAAs this past weekend. The Florida freshman won the individual event title in the 60 hurdles and then doubled back as the second leg on the Gators’ 4×400 relay. Holloway recorded the fastest split of any runner in the relay with a time of 44.81.

Emmanuel Korir, the second of three freshmen on the Watch List, captured his first NCAA title as well. He fought through traffic in the 800-meter final to cross the finish line first in 1:47.48.

Chris Nilsen, a freshman from South Dakota, rolled on his way to the individual title in the pole vault. The American U20 record holder was the only man to clear 5.60m (18-4½), then went over at 5.70m (18-8¼) before moving the bar to 5.81m (19-0¾). Nilsen missed on all three attempts at the top height, but became the first freshman to win the title since Andrew Irwin in 2012.

Lindon Victor was part of an historic heptathlon final at NCAAs. He scored the most points ever for a 5th place finisher and the men who finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th all set scoring record as well.

Williams matched his sister’s (Kendell Williams) multi title with one of his own. The Georgia senior posted the 4th largest total in collegiate history with his score of 6177 points. Williams came from behind to beat Kentucky’s Tim Duckworth, who held a 224-point lead.

There were four men who received votes, but not enough to be on the Watch List – LSU’s Johnnie Jackson, Texas A&M’s Ioannis Kyriazis, Arkansas’ Clive Pullen and Cornell’s Rudy Winkler.

The next Watch List will come out April 20.


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