The Bowerman: 2019 Men’s Post-Indoor Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – Let’s take a look at the Men’s Post-NCAA Indoor Watch List for The Bowerman – collegiate track & field’s highest honor – after another exciting installment of the NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships wrapped up.

The newest Watch List, that was released Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), features 10 men who combined to win 10 NCAA titles and score 138 points at the Birmingham CrossPlex this past weekend. Several of those men also made history in their own unique ways at the NCAA Championships.

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

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

NAME
YEAR
SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Mondo Duplantis FR LSU Pole Vault Lafayette, La.
Grant Fisher SR Stanford DIstance Grand Blanc, Mich.
Grant Holloway JR Florida Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps Chesapeake, Va.
Morgan McDonald RS SR Wisconsin DIstance Sydney, Australia
Shelby McEwen JR Alabama High Jump Abbeville, Miss.
Kahmari Montgomery SR Houston Sprints Plainfield, Ill.
Divine Oduduru JR Texas Tech Sprints Ughelli, Nigeria
Payton Otterdahl SR North Dakota State Throws Rosemount, Minn.
Tyrell Richard SR South Carolina State Sprints Georgetown, S.C.
Daniel Roberts JR Kentucky Sprints/Hurdles Hampton, Ga.
Also Receiving Votes: Devin Dixon (Texas A&M), Matt Ludwig (Akron), Chris Nilsen (South Dakota), Anderson Peters (Mississippi State), Tripp Piperi (Texas). 
NEXT: April 18

Mondo Duplantis capped an incredible debut season with an NCAA title in the pole vault. He cleared 5.83m (19-1½) to earn the crown and become the third best performer in meet history in the process. All-time marks weren’t unusual for the LSU freshman to come by indoors, as he notched four of the top-10 marks in collegiate history, including the collegiate record.

Grant Fisher showed his grit this past weekend and finished runner-up individually in the 3000 and as a member of Stanford’s DMR. It was during that DMR that Fisher clocked the fastest anchor leg out of any athlete (3:54.24). Earlier in the indoor season, Fisher won the elite section of the 3000 at the NYRR Millrose Games in 7:42.62, which is the fourth fastest time in collegiate history.

Grant Holloway did Grant Holloway things: That’s the only way to put it. Holloway amassed 27.5 points this past weekend, which is the second most in NCAA DI history – just a half-point off Edward Cheserek’s record total of 28. The Florida junior became just the second man in NCAA DI history to sweep the 60 and 60 hurdles at the same NCAA meet, placed third in the long jump and ran a leg of his team’s third-place 4×400 relay. It was in the finals of the 60 and 60 hurdles where Holloway became the eighth best performer in collegiate history (6.50 in the 60) and the third best performer in world history (7.35 in the 60H).

Morgan McDonald wouldn’t be denied in the distance events. The Wisconsin senior became the fifth man in the past six years to sweep the 3000 and 5000. McDonald got the party started with a win in the 5000 on Friday night and completed the double the following night. Earlier in the season, McDonald became the fifth fastest performer in collegiate history in the 3000 when he crossed the finish line in 7:42.76.

Shelby McEwen returns to the Watch List after winning the high jump this past weekend. The Alabama junior was the only man in the event who cleared 2.29m (7-6). McEwen established a PR during the regular season of 2.31m (7-7) – which is just outside of the all-time collegiate top-10 – and never dipped below 2.24m (7-4¼) to win a meet.

Kahmari Montgomery anchored Houston’s title-winning 4×400 relay and finished runner-up in the open 400. Montgomery got the baton around in 45.43 to hold off former Watch List member Devin Dixon and clocked a time of 45.03 in the open 400, which lowered his indoor PR by 0.01 seconds and cemented his standing as the eighth best performer in collegiate history.

Divine Oduduru shook off a tough go in the 60 to capture the individual title in the 200. The Texas Tech junior finished seventh in the 60 and rallied not too long after to set a facility record in the 200 with his time of 20.49. Just a few weeks earlier, Oduduru became the second best performer with the second best performance in collegiate history in the 200 at 20.08.

Payton Otterdahl capped one of the finest indoor campaigns out of any male thrower in NCAA DI history this past weekend. Otterdahl became the first man since Dan Taylor in 2004 to win national titles in both the shot put and weight throw. The North Dakota State senior won the weight throw with a heave of 24.11m (79-1¾), which made him the fourth best performer in collegiate history – but it’s what he did in the shot put throughout the season that turned the most heads. Otterdahl registered four of the top-6 marks in collegiate history in the shot put, including the collegiate record of 21.81m (71-6¾).

Tyrell Richard probably surprised everybody but himself this past weekend at the NCAA Championships. Richard won the 400 in 44.82, which is the fourth fastest time ever run in collegiate history and the third fastest time in meet history. This is the first time that an athlete from South Carolina State has appeared on The Bowerman Watch List.

Daniel Roberts is also running historically fast, even though wins are hard to come by. Roberts finished runner-up to Holloway in the 60H at both the SEC Championships and the NCAA Championships with all-time top-10 marks. The Kentucky hurdler clocked what is now the 10th fastest time in collegiate history at the SEC Championships (7.48) and went under the old collegiate record at NCAAs (7.41).

Five athletes were recognized by The Bowerman Watch List Committee, but didn’t earn enough votes to be included in the 10-man index: Texas A&M’s Devin Dixon, Akron’s Matt Ludwig, South Dakota’s Chris Nilsen, Mississippi State’s Anderson Peters and Texas’ Tripp Piperi.

The next Watch List will be released April 18.

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