Men’s Bowerman Trophy Watch List

Men’s Pre-NCAA Prelims 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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RS Sophomore
Hurdles

Phoenix, Ariz.
Brophy College Prep

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Devon Allen, Oregon

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

Pre-NCAA Prelims Update: Won Pac-12 titles in 110 hurdles and 200 meters … Lowered NCAA-leading time in 110 hurdles to 13.32.

May Update: Did not compete during this time period.

April Update: National leader at 110 hurdles after running 13.40 at Willie Williams Classic … Has yet to lose an individual race this season.

Post-NCAA Indoor Championships Update: Won the national title in the 60 hurdles. Finished in 7.56 and tied for the fastest time in prelims (7.58).

Pre-NCAA Indoor Championships Update: Tied for the national lead in the 60H at 7.60 … Won the MPSF title in the event.

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

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Junior
Sprints

Louisville, Ky.
Ballard HS

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Ronnie Baker, TCU

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

Pre-NCAA Prelims Update: Won Big 12 100-meter title.

May Update: Ran outdoor personal best time of 20.64 over 200 meters at Tom Jones Memorial hosted by Florida on April 22.

April Update: National leader at 100 meters (wind-aided 9.95).

Post-NCAA Indoor Championships Update: Captured his second consecutive NCAA title at 60 meters … Crossed the finish line in 6.47, which was a meet record and the third fastest time ever run by a collegian (first at low altitude).

Pre-NCAA Indoor Championships Update: Recorded the sixth fastest time in collegiate history in the 60 meters (6.51) and won the Big 12 title with that time … Won the 60 meters at the Charlie Thomas Invitational.

February Update: 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.

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Senior
Pole Vault

Blacklick, Ohio
Gahanna Lincoln

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Jake Blankenship, Tennessee

The Bowerman Notes: Fourth career appearance on the Watch List … Returns to the Watch List after a three-version absence.

Pre-NCAA Prelims Update: Won SEC pole vault title with jump of 5.65 meters (18-6.5).

February Update: Posted an NCAA-leading mark of 5.72 meters (18-9.25) at the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Elite.

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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 … 20th career appearance on the Watch List (third most all-time).

Pre-NCAA Prelims Update: Won 10000-meter title at Pac-12 Championships with a time of 28:58.57. Ranks 12th in the nation in the event.

May Update: Did not compete during this time period.

April Update: Opened season at Pepsi Invitational, where he ran the 5000 in 13:50.82 and finished second.

Post-NCAA Indoor Championships Update: Completed the 3000-5000-DMR triple and is only the second man in history to do so (Galen Rupp, 2009) … Won the 5000 in 13:47.89 … Returned to the track less than 30 minutes later to anchor Oregon’s championship DMR team with one of the fastest splits in meet history (3:52.84) … Won the 3000 in 8:00.40.

Pre-NCAA Indoor Championship Update: Competed at the NYRR Millrose Games and ran the second fastest time by a collegian at 3000 meters (7:40.51) … At the Husky Classic, he ran the nation’s fastest time in the 5000 (13:35.86).

February Update: 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.

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Senior
Sprints/Jumps

Texarkana, Texas
Liberty Eylau HS

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Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas

The Bowerman Notes: 10th career Watch List appearance … One of six male athletes in school history to be included on the Watch List.

Pre-NCAA Prelims Update: Won SEC title in the long jump … Placed fourth in 100 meters.

May Update: Won the long jump at the John McDonnell Invitational with a wind-aided leap of 7.98 meters (26-2.25).

April Update: Has yet to compete this season in his signature event (long jump).

Post-NCAA Indoor Championships Update: Won the long jump title with a leap of 7.95m (26-1), which he did on his final attempt … Placed fifth in the 60-meter final (6.60).

Pre-NCAA Indoor Championships Update: Won the SEC title in the long jump and placed fourth in the 60 meters … Finished second in the long jump at the Tyson Invitational to 2015 The Bowerman Award winner Marquis Dendy.

February Update: 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.

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Senior
Throws

East Brunswick, NJ
East Brunswick HS

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Sam Mattis, Penn

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

Pre-NCAA Prelims Update: Won discus throw at Ivy League Championships.

May Update: Still holds collegiate lead in the discus throw. … Finished third in talented field at Penn Relays.

April Update: Had a historic performance at the Philadelphia Collegiate Classic. Three of his six throws landed among the top-10 throws of all-time. His first throw is now the second furthest throw in collegiate history (67.45m/221-3). Mattis’ sixth throw is now third (67.21m/220-6) and his fifth throw is fifth (66.51m/218-2).

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Senior
Mid-Distance

Windsor, Ontario
W.F. Herman HS

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Brandon McBride, Mississippi State

The Bowerman Notes: This is his sixth career appearance on The Bowerman Watch List … Is one of two men in Mississippi State history to be on the Watch List.

Pre-NCAA Prelims Update: Won SEC title at 800 meters in a final where all nine runners went sub-1:50.

May Update: Ran the third fastest 800-meter time in collegiate history (1:44.63) at the Jace LaCoste Invitational and became the fastest collegian ever in the month of April.

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Junior
Sprints

London, England
Jamaica College

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Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, LSU

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

Pre-NCAA Prelims Update: Became just the ninth man in collegiate history to go sub-20 seconds for 200 meters (19.95) at the SEC Championships … Returned to the track to win the 100-meter title in 10.16 and helped LSU run the seventh fastest 4×100 time in collegiate history (38.33).

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Junior
Multi-Events

St. Georges, Grenada

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Lindon Victor, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List … Ninth male athlete in program history to be on the Watch List

Pre-NCAA Prelims Update: Recorded the fourth best score in the decathlon in collegiate history with his 8446-point tally at the SEC Championships. Set personal bests in nine of the 10 events.

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Senior
Mid-Distance

Lakewood, Wash.
Lakes HS

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Izaic Yorks, Washington

The Bowerman Notes: Second career appearance on the Watch List. … Is the second man in school history to be included on the Watch List.

Pre-NCAA Prelims Update: Won 1500-meter title at Pac-12 Championships.

May Update: Ran NCAA-leading time in the 1500 meters at the Payton Jordan Invitational (3:37.74). Beat several Olympians and another strong collegiate runner in the process.

2016 Indoor: Ran the second fastest mile in collegiate history, regardless of conditions (3:53.89).

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