The Bowerman: Big Weekend Ahead For Watch List Members

The first major weekend of the outdoor track & field season is upon us!

We’ll see some incredible action across the nation from Florida to California – and everywhere in between – but we’re focusing on three meets in particular: the Florida Relays, the Stanford Invitational and the Texas Relays.

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That’s because those meets have the largest contingent of track & field athletes across each of the five collegiate divisions, specifically many of those men and women who earned a spot on their respective installments of The Bowerman Watch List. In fact, 16 of the 20 combined members of the most recent Watch List will be in action at either the Florida Relays (six), the Stanford Invitational (five) or the Texas Relays (five).

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Let’s take a closer look at what those 16 athletes will be up to this weekend.

Florida Relays

Michelle Atherley, Miami (Fla.)

The NCAA pentathlon champion is expected to compete in the 100-meter hurdles and in the long jump this weekend. Atherley competed four times last weekend at the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge as she won the high jump, carried the baton third on the winning 4×400 relay, finished second in the long jump and placed fourth in the javelin throw.

Grant Holloway, Florida

The NCAA 60-meter and 60-meter hurdles champion is expected to pull double duty this weekend. He’ll compete in the 110-meter hurdles and try his hand in the 200. Holloway has never raced an outdoor 200 in collegiate competition, but if it goes anything like the first time he raced an indoor 60, watch out (Holloway went 6.59 in the prelims and then unleashed a 6.51 in the finals).

Danae Rivers, Penn State

Rivers, the NCAA indoor 800 champ, is expected to compete in the 800 and 1500 this weekend. She finished third at this meet last year in the 1500 with a PR of 4:10.82.

Daniel Roberts, Kentucky

Roberts is expected to make his open event debut this weekend. The Kentucky junior will compete in the 110-meter hurdles two weeks after carrying the baton on the Wildcats’ 4×100 relay at the UTSA Invitational.

Kayla White, North Carolina A&T

White, who scored the most points out of any NCAA DI woman who doubled in the 200 and 60-meter hurdles at NCAAs, is scheduled to compete in the 100 this weekend. The senior just missed out on a bid to the NCAA Championships last year in the 100 (She finished 14th at the NCAA East Preliminary Round).

Stanford Invitational

Olivia Gruver, Washington

This will be Gruver’s debut in a Washington uniform. Gruver, who transferred from Kentucky in the offseason, did not compete during the indoor season. The last time Gruver competed collegiately, she won the NCAA outdoor title.

Jessica Hull, Oregon

This will be Hull’s outdoor debut. Hull won the indoor 3000 and anchored the Women of Oregon to a DMR crown. She is expected to contest the 5000.

Mackenzie Little, Stanford

Little had a dynamic outdoor debut a few weeks ago as she launched the javelin 59.20m (194-3), which is just short of her PR set last year at NCAAs. She is expected to have another go at the javelin this weekend.

Morgan McDonald, Wisconsin

McDonald, who swept the distance slate clean indoors, is scheduled to compete in the 5000 here. One of the last times McDonald ran an outdoor 5000, he crossed the finish line in 13:19.05, which made him the 10th best performer in collegiate history.

Alicia Monson, Wisconsin

Monson, who won the indoor 5000, is scheduled to compete in the 10,000 here. This will be Monson’s debut at the distance.

Texas Relays

Lexi Jacobus, Arkansas

Jacobus, who won the indoor pole vault title, makes her outdoor debut in Austin. She is entered in the elite section of the collegiate competition and will face off against several women she beat for the indoor crown.

Kahmari Montgomery, Houston

Montgomery will get a chance to shine in the 4×200 relay and 4×400 relay this weekend. Fans will likely see him in the 4×200 alongside Nicholas Alexander, Mario Burke and Obi Igbokwe and in the 4×400 alongside a number of combinations Houston could bring out.

Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech

Oduduru could pull triple duty this weekend in Austin. He is scheduled to compete in the elite section of the 100 against teammate Andrew Hudson and Houston’s Mario Burke, and is listed in the relay pool of the 4×100 and 4×400.

Payton Otterdahl, North Dakota State

Otterdahl, the NCAA shot put-weight throw champ, is scheduled to compete in the shot put and discus throw this weekend. He left his name all over the collegiate indoor record book in the shot put and a heave of 21.57m (70-9¼) or better would make him one of the top-10 performers outdoors.


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