Men’s Bowerman Trophy Watch List

Men’s February 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.

Action photos courtesy: Image of Sport, TCU, Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Penn State, Texas A&M

RS Sophomore
Hurdles

Phoenix, Ariz.
Brophy College Prep

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Devon Allen, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: Third career appearance on the Watch List … Two-sport standout for the Ducks (also plays football) … Redshirted the entire 2015 track season due to injury.

2016 Indoor: Debuted at the Razorback Team Invitational … Finished second in the 60H finals (7.74) … First competition on the track since 2014.

2014 Outdoor: Won NCAA Division I 110-meter hurdles title with the second fastest time in collegiate history (13.16). Also set a meet and school record with that time. … Won USATF 110-meter hurdles title … Became the first 110-meter hurdler to double up with those titles since Renaldo Nehemiah in 1978.

2014 Indoor: Finished third at the MPSF Indoor Championships in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 7.92. … Fastest time in the 60-meter hurdles (7.83) came at the Don Kirby Elite Meet, which was the fourth fastest time in school history.

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Junior
Sprints

Louisville, Ky.
Ballard HS

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Ronnie Baker, TCU

The Bowerman Notes: Second career appearance on the Watch List … First male athlete in school history to be on the Watch List.

2016 Indoor: Currently ranked second nationally in the 200 (20.67) and fourth in the 60 (6.60) … Ran both of those times at the New Mexico Team Invitational on Jan. 30 … Won both events.

2015 Outdoor: Helped TCU finish second in the 4×100 relay at NCAAs. … Finished third in the 100 meters at the Big 12 Championships.

2015 Indoor: Won the NCAA Division I Indoor 60 meters title with a time of 6.52. … Finished second in the 60 meters at the Big 12 Championships. … Won the 60 meters title at the New Mexico Team Invitational.

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Senior
Pole Vault

Blacklick, Ohio
Gahanna Lincoln HS

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Jake Blankenship, Tennessee

The Bowerman Notes: Second career appearance on the Watch List … First male athlete in school history to be on the Watch List.

2016 Indoor: Currently ranked fifth in Division I at the pole vault with a height of 5.45m (17-10 1/2) … Has only competed twice this season so far.

2015 Outdoor: Placed second in the pole vault at NCAAs behind former Bowerman finalist Shawn Barber. … Won the Southeastern Conference title with a vault of 18-3 (5.56m), which earned the program its 13th conference pole vault champion in program history. … Vaulted 19-0.25 (5.80m) at the Texas Relays and became just one of 16 collegians to eclipse 19 feet. … Won his third consecutive pole vault title at the Penn Relays.

2015 Indoor: Finished second at NCAAs behind former Bowerman finalist Shawn Barber. … Also finished runner-up at the Southeastern Conference Championships.

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Freshman
Mid-Distance

Grand Rapids, Mich.
Kenowa Hills HS

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Donavan Brazier, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List.

2016 Indoor: Left his mark during a smashing debut at the Texas A&M 11-Team Invitational on Jan. 15 … Broke a 34-year-old American Junior Record in the 800 by running 1:45.93 … Ranked fourth on the all-time indoor collegiate list … Fastest time in the NCAA this season by more than one second … Has been a contributing member of the Texas A&M 4×400 team all season.

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Junior
Distance

Newark, N.J.
St. Benedict Prep

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Edward Cheserek, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: Returning 2015 Finalist for The Bowerman Trophy … Was also a finalist in 2014 … 15th career appearance on the Watch List, giving him the fifth most all-time apperances.

2016 Indoor: Debuted at the Razorback Team Invitational on Jan. 30 … Anchored Oregon’s distance medley relay team to a five-second win over Oklahoma State and Texas A&M … Won the mile in 3:57.38, which currently stands as the second fastest non-altitude mile this season.

2015 Outdoor: Doubled up at NCAAs with titles in the 5000 and 10000 meters. … Won the 10K title first with a time of 28:58.92, beating teammate Eric Jenkins by less than one second. … Captured the 5K title soon after, narrowly edging Jenkins at the line once again. Cheserek ran 13:48.67, Jenkins 13:48.92. … Anchored Oregon to a victory in the distance medley relay at the Penn Relays.

2015 Indoor: Was the top individual male scorer at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships with 20.5 points, including two national titles in the mile and the distance medley relay, and a runner-up finish at 3000 meters … Outkicked collegiate mile leader Cristian Soratos of Montana State to win the mile in 3:57.94 by nearly two seconds … Ran a 3:57.68 anchor 1600-meter leg on Oregon’s winning DMR team, making up two second on the leaders after receiving the baton and winning by nearly an additional two seconds in 9:30.53 … finished runner-up to teammate Eric Jenkins at 3000 meters in 7:59.42 as part of a historic Oregon 1-2-3 in the event … Ran a 3:58.50 to qualify for the mile final.

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Senior
Sprints

Woodbridge, N.J.
St. Peter’s Prep

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Najee Glass, Florida

The Bowerman Notes: Second career appearance on the Watch List … Increases Florida’s record total of Watch List appearances to 77.

2016 Indoor: Opened up at the Razorback Team Invitational on Jan. 30 … Competed as a member of Florida’s 4×400 team, which is currently the national leader … Has yet to record a solo time this season.

2015 Outdoor: Placed fourth at NCAAs in the 400 meters (46.31). … Took third at the Southeastern Conference Championships in the 400 meters (45.28).

2015 Indoor: Placed third at NCAAs in the 400 meters (45.77). … Won the 400 meters title at the SEC Championships (45.37). … Won the 400 meters title at the Razorback Invitational (45.34).

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Senior
Mid-Distance

Lancaster, Ohio
Lancaster HS

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Brannon Kidder, Penn State

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List … First athlete in school history to be included on the Watch List.

2016 Indoor: Set a collegiate record in the 1000 at the Nittany Lion Challenge on Jan. 16 … Finished in 2:18.26 and became the first collegian to go sub-2:19 in the process … Anchored Penn State’s distance medley relay team to a thrilling win over Stanford at the Penn State National on Jan. 29 … The Nittany Lions are now ranked fourth all-time on the indoor list … Came back to win the 800 the following day in a time of 1:47.01, the fourth fastest time in the NCAA this year.

2015 Outdoor: Finished second at the NCAA championships in the 800 in a closely-contest race (top-5 was within .72 of each other) … Set a personal best in the 800 (1:45.58) at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

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Senior
Sprints/Jumps

Texarkana, Texas
Liberty Eylau HS

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Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas

The Bowerman Notes: Fifth career Watch List appearance … One of six male athletes in school history to be included on the Watch List.

2016 Indoor: Soared into the world lead in the long jump at the Razorback Team Invitational with his leap of 8.17m (26-9.75) … Became the only man this year to clear 8.00m in the event (and he’s actually done it twice now) … Set a personal best in the 60 at the same meet, clocking a 6.62 and sits fifth on the national leaderboard.

2015 Outdoor: Placed second at NCAAs in the long jump behind eventual Bowerman winner Marquis Dendy. Soared 27-4.5 (8.34m), less than four inches behind Dendy’s leap of 27-8 (8.43m). … Took third at NCAAs in the 100 meters (9.90). … Helped Arkansas to a 4×100 relay title at NCAAs.

2015 Indoor: Placed second at NCAAs in the long jump behind eventual Bowerman winner Marquis Dendy. Narrowly lost to Dendy, as the difference was just one quarter of an inch (27-2 to 27-1.75). … Won the long jump title at the Tyson Invitational.

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Senior
Throws

Carlisle, England
William Howard School

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Nick Miller, Oklahoma State

The Bowerman Notes: Second career appearance on the Watch List.

2016 Indoor: Does not have eligibility.

2015 Outdoor: Did not compete.

2015 Indoor: Finished seventh at NCAAs in the weight throw with a heave of 71-5.5 (21.78m). … Won his third consecutive weight throw title at the Big 12 Championships thanks to a heave of 72-3.75 (22.04m). … Won weight throw title at the Tyson Invitational.

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Senior
Multi-Events

Polva, Estonia
Audentes Sportsgymnasium

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Maicel Uibo, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: Fifth career appearance on the Watch List.

2016 Indoor: Currently ranked third in the NCAA in the heptathlon with 5854 points … Competed at the Rod McCravy Memorial in the pole vault and finished fourth after clearning 4.85m (15-11).

2015 Outdoor: Won his second consecutive NCAA title in the decathlon. Compiled 8,356 points, which put him fourth on the all-time collegian list and established a school record. Won three events (high jump, long jump, discus) on his way to that final score. … Won his third consecutive Southeastern Conference decathlon title a few weeks earlier. Posted a score of 8,326, which put him fifth on the all-time chart.

2015 Indoor: Was forced to pull out of the heptatlon at NCAAs following a hamstring injury. … Took second place at the SEC Championships, scoring 5,909 points. Won the long jump, high jump and pole vault over the course of the event.

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