The Bowerman: 2020 Men’s Preseason Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – The race for The Bowerman is wide-open on the men’s side.

If you don’t believe us, just ask The Bowerman Watch List Committee, which nominated a record 19 men for the Preseason Watch List, which was released on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Only 10 of those men could find a place on the first index of the 2020 season, though: Trey Cunningham of Florida State, Devin Dixon of Texas A&M, Gleb Dudarev of Kansas, Johannes Erm of Georgia, Quincy Hall of South Carolina, JuVaughn Harrison of LSU, Oliver Hoare of Wisconsin, Chengetayi Mapaya of TCU, Chris Nilsen of South Dakota and Trevor Stewart of North Carolina A&T.

The Preseason Watch List isn’t a bad place to be, as six of the past seven winners found a spot on the prestigious chart. Michael Norman, who won The Bowerman in 2018, appeared in the Also Receiving Votes category two years ago.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2020 Men’s Preseason Update

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

NAME
YEAR
SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Trey Cunningham JR Florida State Hurdles Winfield, Ala.
Devin Dixon SR Texas A&M Mid-Distance/Relays McDonough, Ga.
Gleb Dudarev JR/SR Kansas Throws Vitebsk, Belarus
Johannes Erm JR Georgia Combined Events Tallinn, Estonia
Quincy Hall SR South Carolina Sprints/Hurdles Kansas City, Mo.
JuVaughn Harrison JR LSU Jumps Huntsville, Ala.
Oliver Hoare SR Wisconsin Mid-Distance Sydney, Australia
Chengetayi Mapaya JR TCU Jumps Harare, Zimbabwe
Chris Nilsen SR South Dakota Pole Vault Kansas City, Mo.
Trevor Stewart JR North Carolina A&T Sprints Lorton, Va.
Also Receiving Votes: Geordie Beamish (Northern Arizona), Matthew Boling (Georgia), Clayton Brown (Florida), Jordan Geist (Arizona), Edwin Kurgat (Iowa State), Yared Nuguse (Notre Dame), Tripp Piperi (Texas), Jordan Scott (Virginia), Tejaswin Shankar (Kansas State)
NEXT: February 6

Cunningham, a junior from Winfield, Alabama, makes his Watch List debut. He is coming off a sophomore year in 2019 where he finished third at the NCAA Indoor meet in the 60 Hurdles and established an outdoor PR of 13.47 in the 110 Hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays. He is the top returner in the 60H after 2019 The Bowerman winner Grant Holloway (first) and Daniel Roberts (second) opted for the professional ranks following their junior years.

Dixon, a senior from McDonough, Georgia, appeared on four Watch Lists in 2019. He had a remarkable junior year in which he notched a few all-time marks on the collegiate charts in the 800. Dixon went 1:45.27 indoors to become the No. 3 performer with the No. 4 performance in collegiate history, while his outdoor time of 1:44.76 has him ranked as the 12th best performer in that venue. He also split 44.10 on the anchor leg of Texas A&M’s winning 4×400 relay team at the NCAA outdoor meet that clocked the second fastest mark in collegiate history of 2:59.05.

Dudarev, a junior/senior from Vitebsk, Belarus, has steadily made an impact on the collegiate scene over the past few years. Just this past year, Dudarev responded to fouling out in the weight throw at the NCAA Indoor meet with a runner-up finish outdoors in the hammer. He is the fifth best performer in collegiate history in the hammer with his heave of 78.04m (256-1) that he let fly two years ago at the Kansas Relays. That was also the best mark by a collegian in the hammer since 2002.

Erm, a junior from Tallinn, Estonia, makes his Watch List debut and is the fourth male Bulldog combined event athlete to appear on this prestigious chart, joining Maicel Uibo from 2013-2016, Garrett Sctantling in 2015 and Devon Williams in 2017. It was at the NCAA Outdoor meet this past June where Erm became the sixth best performer in collegiate history in the decathlon with his winning score of 8352.

Hall, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, is remarkably versatile over 400 meters. During the 2019 season, Hall swept the indoor and outdoor quarter-mile titles at the SEC Championships and captured the NCAA title in the 400 Hurdles. Hall dropped his PR to 44.53 in the 400 and won the NCAA crown in 48.48, both of which have him ranked as the 19th best performer in collegiate history.

Harrison, a junior from Huntsville, Alabama, became the only man in NCAA DI history to sweep the high jump and long jump titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships last year with marks of 2.27m (7-5¼) and 8.20m (26-11), respectively. He was named the USTFCCCA Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year for his efforts and earned a spot as a semifinalist for The Bowerman.

Hoare, a senior from Sydney, Australia, was quite busy at the NCAA Championships last year. Indoors, he competed in three different events (mile-3000-DMR) and outdoors he entered as the top-ranked athlete in the 1500 and placed fourth in that event. Hoare had his breakthrough performance at the NYRR Millrose Games last year when he went 3:54.83 in the mile to become the sixth best performer with the seventh best performance in collegiate history.

Mapaya, a junior from Harare, Zimbabwe, makes his Watch List debut and is the second Horned Frog to make the list (Ronnie Baker in 2016). The triple jump specialist won the NCAA Outdoor title with a mark of 17.13m (56-2¼) and placed third at the indoor meet with his mark of 16.61m (54-6).

Nilsen, a senior from Kansas City, Missouri, is a regular around these parts. He is the active leader in Watch List appearances with 19, dating back to March 2, 2017. Nilsen is a three-time NCAA champion with his last coming outdoors last year. He currently sits third on the all-time outdoor chart with his winning clearance of 5.95m (19-6¼) to win the 2019 NCAA outdoor title and is in a tie for third on the indoor list at 5.85m (19-2¼), which he vaulted last year when inclement weather forced the pole vault competition to be moved inside at the Drake Relays.

Stewart, a junior from Lorton, Virginia, burst on the scene during the outdoor season last year. He went sub-44.44 three times in the outdoor 400, including a mark of 44.25 which earned him runner-up honors at the NCAA Championships and left him as the No. 9 performer in collegiate history with the 12th best performance.

Here are the nine men who received votes from The Bowerman Watch List Committee, but not enough to end up on the Watch List: Geordie Beamish, Northern Arizona; Matthew Boling, Georgia; Clayton Brown, Florida; Jordan Geist, Arizona; Edwin Kurgat, Iowa State; Yared Nuguse, Notre Dame; Tripp Piperi, Texas; Jordan Scott, Virginia; Tejaswin Shankar, Kansas State.

The next Watch List will be released on Thursday, February 6.

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