The Bowerman: 2019 Men’s Pre-NCAA Indoor Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – You can’t throw a 35-pound award in the direction of the Men’s Watch List for The Bowerman and not come close to someone who impacted the collegiate record book in some form or fashion so far this season.

The Pre-NCAA Indoor Watch List for The Bowerman – collegiate track & field’s highest honor – features two men who already broke a collegiate record, four men who are in the all-time top-3 of their respective signature events and three others who cracked the all-time top-10.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2019 Men’s Pre-NCAA Indoor Update

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

Devin Dixon JR Texas A&M Mid-Distance McDonough, Ga.
Mondo Duplantis FR LSU Pole Vault Lafayette, La.
Grant Fisher SR Stanford DIstance Grand Blanc, Mich.
Oliver Hoare SR Wisconsin Mid-Distance Sydney, Australia
Grant Holloway JR Florida Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps Chesapeake, Va.
Matt Ludwig SR Akron Pole Vault Chadron, Ohio
Kahmari Montgomery SR Houston Sprints Plainfield, Ill.
Chris Nilsen JR South Dakota Pole Vault Kansas City, Mo.
Divine Oduduru JR Texas Tech Sprints Ughelli, Nigeria
Payton Otterdahl SR North Dakota State Throws Rosemount, Minn.
Also Receiving Votes: Marco Arop (Mississippi State), Denzel Comenentia (Georgia), Quincy Hall (South Carolina), Shelby McEwen (Alabama), Anderson Peters (Mississippi State) and Daniel Roberts (Kentucky).  
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Where else could we start but at the top? That’s where LSU’s Mondo Duplantis and North Dakota State’s Payton Otterdahl sit after record-breaking performances at their respective conference championships.

Duplantis toppled Shawn Barber’s near four-year-old mark in the pole vault when he cleared 5.92m (19-5) this past weekend. It was at the SEC Championships where Duplantis put together an impeccable sheet on his way to the record, clearing each of the four heights he attempted on the first try (5.54m, 5.64m, 5.79m and 5.92m).

Otterdahl wouldn’t be denied at the Summit League Championships. The senior unleashed an absolute howitzer on his third attempt of the meet, which sailed 21.81m (71-6¾) to demolish a collegiate record jointly held by Ryan Crouser and Ryan Whiting. Otterdahl wasn’t done there as he sent another throw 21.62m (70-11¼) for what is now the fifth best mark in collegiate history. Let’s not forget that Otterdahl is also the top-ranked weight thrower in the nation at 24.06m (78-11¼).

Grant Holloway continues to leave many speechless with his performances. Just this past weekend at the SEC Championships, the Florida junior broke the meet scoring record when he won individual titles in the 60 and the 60 hurdles and finished runner-up in the long jump for 28 total points. He shattered and then bettered the meet record in the 60 hurdles with a time of 7.48 in the prelims and a 7.44 clocking in the finals – both of which are all-time top-7 marks.

Divine Oduduru is proving to be an absolute menace in the sprints. Oduduru doubled up at the Big 12 Championships in the 60 and 200, but it was his 20.08 in the latter that made people do a double take. That effort made him the second fastest performer with the second fastest time in collegiate history (Elijah Hall is No. 1 at 20.02).

Devin Dixon captured an individual title in the 800 at the SEC Championships and anchored Texas A&M to a 4×400 crown. Earlier this season, Dixon shattered a near 20-year-old American collegiate record in the 800 when he ran 1:45.27 and became the third best performer in collegiate history in the process. He also posted the fastest carry in an indoor 4×400 in world history.

Grant Fisher only raced once this past weekend at the MPSF Championships and led Stanford to a DMR title. The senior wowed the crowd at the NYRR Millrose Games in early February when he won the individual title in the Dr. Sander Men’s 3000 in 7:42.62, which is the fourth fastest time ever recorded in collegiate history.

Oliver Hoare makes his Watch List debut after winning the mile and leading the Wisconsin men to a DMR title at the Big Ten Championships. Yet it’s what he did at the NYRR Millrose Game that opened the most eyes: Hoare became the sixth best performer with the eighth best performance in collegiate history when he ran the mile in 3:54.83.

Kahmari Montgomery took over the national lead in the 400 in a big way at the American Athletic Conference Championships. The Houston senior turned two laps in 45.04, which made him the ninth best performer with the 12th best performance in collegiate history.

Matt Ludwig and Chris Nilsen have been posting solid marks in the pole vault all season long. Ludwig won the individual title at the MAC Championships with a vault of 5.81m (19-0¾), which is the 11th best mark in collegiate history; Nilsen has yet to get his name on the all-time chart in 2019, but captured the Summit League title in 5.75m (18-10¼).

There were six men who were recognized by The Bowerman Watch List Committee, but did not receive enough votes to be honored: Marco Arop (Mississippi State), Denzel Comenentia (Georgia), Quincy Hall (South Carolina), Shelby McEwen (Alabama), Anderson Peters (Mississippi State) and Daniel Roberts (Kentucky).

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