The Bowerman: 2019 Men’s Semifinalists

NEW ORLEANS – Nineteen men dotted The Bowerman Watch List in 2019.

The Bowerman Watch List Committee whittled those 19 men down to eight and added two more following the conclusion of the NCAA DI Outdoor Track & Field Championships to give us the 10 men who are semifinalists for collegiate track & field’s highest honor.

Now three of the following men will be selected as finalists next week: Mondo Duplantis of LSU, JuVaughn Harrison of LSU, Grant Holloway of Florida, Bryce Hoppel of Kansas, Morgan McDonald of Wisconsin, Chris Nilsen of South Dakota, Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech, Payton Otterdahl of North Dakota State, Anderson Peters of Mississippi State and Daniel Roberts of Kentucky.

The Bowerman: 2019 Men’s Semifinalists

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NAME
YEAR
SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Mondo Duplantis FR LSU Pole Vault Lafayette, La.
JuVaughn Harrison SO LSU Jumps Huntsville, Ala.
Grant Holloway JR Florida Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps Chesapeake, Va.
Bryce Hoppel JR Kansas Mid-Distance Midland, Texas
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.
NEXT: Thursday, June 20 (Finalists)

Duplantis capped his only collegiate season with a runner-up finish in the pole vault this past weekend in Austin, Texas. The freshman phenom ended 2019 with two collegiate records and one national title to his name from the indoor meet. Duplantis saved each of his record-breaking performances for the SEC Championships, where he vaulted 5.92m (19-5) with a roof over his head and 6.00m (19-8¼) without one. The native of Lafayette, Louisiana, has two of the all-time top-10 marks indoors and four of the top-10 marks outdoors.

Harrison became the only man in NCAA DI history to capture individual titles in both the high jump and long jump at the same NCAA Outdoor Championships. The sophomore established a new collegiate lead in the long jump with his winning mark of 8.20m (26-11) and matched the collegiate lead in the high jump with his winning clearance of 2.27m (7-5¼). Harrison was the runner-up in the high jump indoors and placed 10th in the long jump. The Tiger swept the high jump crowns at the SEC Championships and finished runner-up and in fifth place between the outdoor and indoor meet, respectively.

Holloway, who is only the second man to be named a semifinalist three or more times (Edward Cheserek), put an exclamation point on an amazing junior year at Mike A. Myers Stadium. It was in the Lone Star State where Holloway smashed Renaldo Nehemiah’s 40-year-old collegiate record in the 110 Meter Hurdles when he clocked a winning time of 12.98. Holloway also carried the baton on the collegiate record-setting 4×100 relay team and notched the fastest carry in the 4×400 relay of 43.74. He ended the outdoor season with four of the top-10 marks in collegiate history in the 110H. That’s not even counting what he did indoors, with national titles in the 60 and 60H, as well as six of the top-11 all-time marks in the 60H (including the collegiate record of 7.35) and matching the 10th best performance in collegiate history in the 60 (6.50).

Hoppel went undefeated in the 800 as a junior. You’re reading that correctly: Undefeated. He didn’t lose in 11 finals, which began at the KU-KSU-WSU Triangular way back on January 18 and wrapped up this past weekend at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships, where he ran the second fastest time in meet history (1:44.41). Between those end points, he snagged the NCAA indoor title in March as well and swept the Big 12 Conference crowns.

McDonald proved himself to be King of Distance in 2019 with three NCAA titles between the indoor and outdoor seasons. The senior from Sydney, Australia, won two of the three at the indoor meet with a clean sweep of the 3000 and 5000 and then completed the trifecta with an outdoor crown in the 5000. McDonald won Big Ten titles in the indoor 5000 and outdoor 10,000 and helped the Badgers win their first wheel at the Penn Relays in 103 years.

Nilsen showed why he is considered one of the best high-stakes vaulters in the nation. The junior from Kansas City, Missouri, topped Duplantis for the outdoor crown this past weekend with a meet record vault of 5.95m (19-6¼) which also made him the third best performer with the third best performance in collegiate history. Nilsen also put down the sixth best mark in collegiate history of 5.90m (19-4¼) during his series. His year also included a runner-up finish indoors and he matched the mark of the third best performer in collegiate indoor history at the Drake Relays since the event was contested inside due to inclement weather.

Oduduru cemented his status as one of the greatest sprinters in collegiate history at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Red Raider capped an undefeated season the 100 and 200 with a pair of blistering marks. Oduduru went 9.86 in the 100 and 19.76 in the 200 for times that both fall second in collegiate history. Not only that, those marks gave Oduduru the second fastest one-day double in those events in world history. On top of that, Oduduru went sub-10 and sub-20 on the same day on three different occasions in 2019 to become just the second man ever to accomplish that feat multiple times in one year. During the indoor season, Oduduru won a national title in the 200 and clocked the second fastest time in collegiate history at the Big 12 Championships.

Otterdahl didn’t become the “King of the North” overnight, but sweeping the indoor throwing titles and setting a collegiate record in the process didn’t hurt. Under a roof, Otterdahl couldn’t be touched as he registered three of the top-5 marks in collegiate history in the shot put, including the topper at 21.81m (71-6¾). He became just the third man in NCAA DI history to earn individual titles the shot put and the weight throw at the same indoor meet. Outdoors, Otterdahl was the only man ranked in the top-10 of both the discus and shot put. He later finished runner-up in the discus and fourth in the shot put at the NCAA Championships.

Peters let it fly – and then some – during his junior year. The sophomore from St. Andrews, Grenada, recorded seven of the top-11 marks in collegiate history in the javelin. Three of his best marks came at Mike A. Myers Stadium, site of the Texas Relays and the recently completed NCAA Championships. Peters launched the implement 86.62m (284-2) to win the NCAA title this past weekend, in addition to another heave of 86.48m (283-9). These two marks – which fall in at third and fourth on the all-time chart – pushed down his previous PR of 86.07m (282-5) that he notched back in March at the aforementioned Texas Relays.

Roberts left his name all over the record book in the sprint hurdles in 2019. His most recent feat came at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, where he matched the former collegiate record of 13.00 in a runner-up finish. Indoors, Roberts clocked the second fastest mark in collegiate history in another runner-up finish (7.41). All told, Roberts owns six all-time top-10 marks with four of those coming outdoors. Roberts won the SEC title in the 110 Meter Hurdles in 13.07.

Finalists for collegiate track & field’s highest honor will be announced next Thursday, June 20.

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