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

NEW ORLEANS – If you’re wondering which men you should keep an eye on at the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships this week, the Pre-NCAA Outdoor Championships Watch List is a pretty good place to start.

After all, they’re considered the favorites to win The Bowerman, collegiate track & field’s highest honor.

Nine of the 10 men from the Post-Conference Championships Watch List return after the conclusion of the NCAA Division I East & West Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida, and Sacramento, California, respectively.

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

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

NAME
YEAR
SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Devin Dixon JR Texas A&M Mid-Distance McDonough, Ga.
Mondo Duplantis FR LSU Pole Vault Lafayette, La.
Quincy Hall JR South Carolina Sprints Kansas City, Mo.
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.
Also Receiving Votes: Grant Fisher (Stanford), Bryce Hoppel (Kansas), Kahmari Montgomery (Houston), Jordan Scott (Virginia), Trevor Stewart (North Carolina A&T)
NEXT: June 13

The newest addition to the Men’s Watch List is Quincy Hall, who replaced Trevor Stewart. Hall set a collegiate lead in the 400 Meter Hurdles two weeks ago at the NCAA East Preliminary Round of 48.54, which pairs very well with his second-ranked mark in the open 400 of 44.53. The South Carolina junior will only contest the 400H at the NCAA Championships. Hall is only the second male Gamecock to appear on the Watch List (Johnny Dutch was the first in 2010).

If you’re wondering about the other standouts from the NCAA East Preliminary Round, it would be none other than Grant Holloway of Florida and Daniel Roberts of Kentucky. Holloway and Roberts once again took aim at the record book in the 110 Meter Hurdles and blistered the track in 13.10 and 13.13, respectively, which are now the No. 4 and No. 6 all-time marks in collegiate history. That gave Holloway the NCAA Championships record and put Roberts second on that list. It is likely that the duo will meet up in the final of the event on Friday, while Holloway is also entered in the long jump – and is in the relay pool for the 4×100 and 4×400 relays, like Roberts.

Devin Dixon will look to capture an individual title in the 800 and help Texas A&M to first place in the 4×400 relay. Dixon is the 12th best performer in collegiate history in the former with his SEC meet record 1:44.76 and went 44.32 on his 4×400 carry.

Mondo Duplantis is hoping to complete the indoor-outdoor sweep of the pole vault titles. The LSU freshman broke the collegiate record in the outdoor version in late May at the SEC Outdoor Championships when he cleared 6.00m (19-8¼).

Morgan McDonald is entered in the 5000 with the second fastest seed time at 13:46.76. The Wisconsin senior could win his third NCAA title on the track with a victory in Austin (He swept the distance crowns at the indoor meet).

Chris Nilsen, like Duplantis, is after the pole vault crown. The South Dakota junior, who won the outdoor title last year, owns four clearances of 19 feet this year.

Divine Oduduru will be a busy man at the NCAA Championships, competing in the 100, 200 and as a part of Texas Tech’s 4×100 relay team. Oduduru enters the meet ranked No. 1 nationally in both the 100 and 200 after what he did back in April at the Michael Johnson Classic (He became just the 10th man in world history to go sub-10 and sub-20 in the 100 and 200 in the same day).

Payton Otterdahl will be contesting the discus and shot put in Austin. The collegiate indoor record holder in the shot put is the only male thrower ranked in the top-10 nationally in both the discus and shot put.

Anderson Peters returns to the site of his biggest mark of the season for the biggest meet of the season. Peters, who has put seven of his best throws so far in the top-17 of collegiate history, became the third best performer with the third best throw in collegiate history with his heave of 86.07m (282-5) at the Texas Relays.

There were five men who landed in the "Also Receiving Votes" category: Grant Fisher of Stanford, Bryce Hoppel of Kansas, Kahmari Montgomery of Houston, Jordan Scott of Virginia and Trevor Stewart of North Carolina A&T.

The next Watch List will come out June 13 and those 10 men will be considered semifinalists for The Bowerman.

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