Men’s The Bowerman Watch List

Men’s Preseason Watch List

Want to learn more about the men on the Watch List for The Bowerman Trophy? Click a student-athlete’s photo to go to his biography section.

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Senior
Distance

Newark, N.J.
St. Benedict Prep

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Edward Cheserek, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: Three-time finalist (2014, 2015, 2016) making his 22nd career Watch List appearance – the second-most all time behind only Lawi Lalang of Arizona (24) … Will look to become the first four-time finalist in the award’s history.

Last Season(s):

  • 2016 NCAA Champion in the indoor 3000, 5000 and DMR; and the outdoor 5000 and 10,000
  • 2015 NCAA Champion in the indoor mile and DMR; and outdoor 5000 and 10,000 (also runner-up in the indoor 3000)
  • 2014 NCAA Champion in the indoor 3000 and 5000; and the outdoor 10,000 (also runner-up in the outdoor 5000)
  • Second-fastest collegian all-time in indoor 3000 meters (7:40.51)
  • Eighth-fastest collegian all-time in outdoor 5000 meters (13:18.71)
  • 10th-fastest collegian all-time at 1500 meters (3:36.50)

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Junior
Sprints

Atlanta, Ga.
Our Lady of Mercy HS

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Christian Coleman, Tennessee

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List … Second man from Tennessee to appear on a Watch List (Jake Blankenship)

Last Season:

  • Won the NCAA Indoor 200-meter title in 20.55 and finished third at 60 meters in a career-best 6.52
  • Finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at both 100 and 200 meters, including a career-best 20.26 in the latter
  • Finished sixth in the Olympic Trials 100-meter final
  • SEC indoor 60-meter champion, and the runner-up in both the indoor 200 and the outdoor 100.

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Senior
Hurdles

Darby, Pa.
Penn Wood HS

Houston (Transfer)

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Eric Futch, Florida

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List … He is the 11th man from Florida to appear on the Watch List, the most of any men’s team in the nation.

Last Season:

  • Won the NCAA Outdoor title in the 400-meter hurdles in a career-best 48.91, and ran a leg of the winning 4×400 relay
  • Won the SEC title in the 400-meter hurdles
  • Made the semifinals in the Olympic Trials 400-meter hurdles, finishing 11th
  • Ran a leg of the runner-up 4×400 relay team at the NCAA Indoor Championships

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Redshirt Junior
Throws

Livno, Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Filip Mihaljevic, Virginia

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List … Combined with teammate Henry Wynne, these two are the second and third men from Virginia on the Watch List, joining Robby Andrews from 2012

Last Season:

  • Won the NCAA Outdoor title in the shot put with a career-best 20.71m (67-11.5) and finished fifth in the discus throw
  • Finished runner-up in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
  • Finished third at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in the shot put
  • Won the ACC titles in the indoor and outdoor shot put, and the discus

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Freshman
Sprints

Murrieta, Calif.
Vista Murrieta HS

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Michael Norman, Southern California

The Bowerman Notes: First freshman to appear on the preseason Watch List … Fourth man from Southern California to appear on a Watch List

Last Season (High School):

  • Finished fifth over 200 meters at the Olympic Trials, and won the World Junior title in the event (as well as in the 4×100 relay)
  • Ran 20.14 for the third-fastest 200-meter time by a high schooler and 45.19 over 400 meters for the seventh-fastest time by a high schooler. He’s currently the only high schooler ranked top-10 all-time in both events

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Senior
Hurdles

Chesapeake, Va.
Western Branch HS
Penn State Transfer

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Byron Robinson, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List … Texas’ fourth different man to appear on the Watch List

Last Season:

  • Finished runner-up at the Olympic Trials in the 400-meter hurdles to qualify for the Olympics. Finished eighth in the Rio semifinals with a career-best time of 48.65
  • Won the Big 12 Outdoor title in the 400-meter hurdles
  • Won the Texas Relays title in the 400-meter hurdles
  • Finished 14th in the NCAA Indoor 400 meters

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Junior
Javelin

Florence, N.J.
Florence Township HS

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Curtis Thompson, Mississippi State

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List … Third different man from Mississippi State to appear on a Watch List

Last Season:

  • Won the NCAA title in the javelin
  • Threw a career-best 82.88m (271-11) to finish runner-up at the Olympic Trials
  • Won the javelin title at the NACAC U-23 Championships
  • Finished third in the javelin at the SEC Championships

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Senior
Combined Events

St. Georges, Grenada

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Lindon Victor, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: Third career appearance on the Watch List

Last Season:

  • Won the NCAA Outdoor decathlon title with 8379 points, the fifth-best score in collegiate history
  • Scored 8446 points to win the SEC Championships with the fourth-best score in college history
  • Finished 16th in the decathlon at the Rio Olympics
  • Finished 10th in the heptathlon at NCAA Indoors

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Senior
Throws

Sand Lake, N.Y.
Averill Park HS

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Rudy Winkler, Cornell

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List … First man from Cornell to appear on the Watch List, and his is the eighth appearance by an Ivy League man all-time.

Last Season:

  • Won the hammer throw at the Olympic Trials with a career-best 76.76m (251-10), and went on to finish 18th at the Rio Olympics
  • Finished runner-up at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the hammer throw
  • Ivy League champion in the hammer throw and weight throw
  • Runner-up in the hammer throw at the NACAC U-23 Championships
  • Finished 10th in the weight throw at NCAA Indoors

 

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Senior
Mid-Distance

Westport, Conn.
Staples HS

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Henry Wynne, Virginia

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List … Combined with teammate Filip Mihaljevic, these two are the second and third men from Virginia on the Watch List, joining Robby Andrews from 2012

Last Season:

  • Won the NCAA Indoor mile title
  • Third in the NCAA Outdoor 1500 meters final
  • Won ACC titles in the indoor mile and outdoor 1500
  • Won the NACAC U-23 title at 1500 meters
  • Ran 3:40 or faster twice at 1500 meters

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