The Bowerman: 2019 Men’s Post-Conference Championships Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – The bigger the stage; the bigger the star.

You’d be hard pressed to find a bigger stage at this point of the 2019 collegiate track & field season than Conference Championship Weekend.

Therefore, you’d be even harder pressed to find bigger stars than those 10 men who found their way on the Post-Conference Championships Update of The Bowerman Watch List.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2019 Men’s Post-Conference Championships 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 Holloway JR Florida Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps Chesapeake, Va.
Morgan McDonald RS SR Wisconsin Distance Sydney, Australia
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.
Anderson Peters RS SO Mississippi State Throws St. Andrews, Grenada
Daniel Roberts JR Kentucky Sprints/Hurdles Hampton, Ga.
Trevor Stewart SO North Carolina A&T Sprints Lorton, Va.
Also Receiving Votes: Denzel Comenentia (Georgia), Quincy Hall (South Carolina), Bryce Hoppel (Kansas), Tyrell Richard (South Carolina State), Jordan Scott (Virginia)
NEXT: June 3

Where else could we start but at the SEC Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas? That’s where Mondo Duplantis, Grant Holloway and Daniel Roberts padded their incredible resumes inside the friendly confines of John McDonnell Field.

We’ll begin with Mondo, who broke a near 23-year old collegiate outdoor record in the pole vault and became the first collegian to clear six meters. Mondo picked his bars very strategically this past weekend as his penultimate clearance of 5.81m (19-0¾) topped a 25-year-old meet record and then his final clearance of 6.00m (19-8¼) bettered that record and felled the all-time in-season collegiate best that Lawrence Johnson set back in 1996.

Then we have Holloway and Roberts.

Or is it Roberts and Holloway?

It doesn’t really matter what order they go in, because they’re both fast.

Holloway and Roberts did something within the span of 24 hours that only one collegian had done in the previous 40 years: Go sub-13.10 in the 110 Meter Hurdles. The Florida Gator did so first in the prelims on Friday when he registered his mark of 13.07 and then the Kentucky Wildcat matched him the following afternoon and won the head-to-head duel for the SEC crown. Both of those marks now stand as the second best performance in collegiate history.

Anderson Peters picked up a conference title and another historic mark at that same meet. Peters launched the javelin 83.35m (273-6) on his second attempt, which was the eighth best mark in collegiate history and broke his own meet record. The Mississippi State sophomore, who now has four all-time top-10 marks this season alone, rested on his laurels and passed on his final four attempts.

Devin Dixon returned to the Watch List after breaking the meet record in the 800 at the SEC Championships. Dixon crossed the finish line first in 1:44.76, which made him the 12th fastest performer in collegiate history, just .02 seconds from the top-10 and .05 seconds outside of the top-10 performances. This is the first time that Dixon has been on the Watch List since February 28.

Morgan McDonald captured the 10,000-meter title at the Big Ten Championships in 29:26.06. That was a one-off event for the senior from Sydney, Australia, as he’ll only contest the 5000 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round. McDonald has the best lifetime PR out of any current collegian in the event at 13:19.05.

Chris Nilsen and Payton Otterdahl both stood out at the Summit League Championships. Nilsen broke the meet record in the pole vault with his clearance of 5.81m (19-0¾), while Otterdahl scored 23 team points behind victories in the shot put and discus and a sixth place effort in the hammer.

Divine Oduduru made his events count at the Big 12 Championships in Norman, Oklahoma. Odurudu once again went sub-10 in the 100 – winning the event title in 9.99 – and helped Texas Tech’s meet record-breaking 4×100 relay team to victory.

Trevor Stewart is the lone new addition to the Watch List after starring at the MEAC Championships two weeks ago. The North Carolina A&T junior went 44.40 in the prelims of the 400 and then topped that with his 44.38 in the finals, which made him the 14th best performer in collegiate history. Stewart is also ranked seventh nationally in the 200 with a time of 20.27.

There were five men who ended up in the “Also Receiving Votes” category: Denzel Comenentia of Georgia, Quincy Hall of South Carolina, Bryce Hoppel of Kansas, Tyrell Richard of South Carolina State and Jordan Scott of Virginia.

The next Watch List will be released on Monday, June 3, following the conclusion of the NCAA Division I East & West Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida, and Sacramento, California, respectively.


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