Men’s Watch List Info

Men’s April Watch List

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Senior
Combined Events

Albuquerque, N.M.
Albuquerque Academy

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Curtis Beach, Duke

The Bowerman Notes: Ninth career Watch List appearance; second in 2014 … Tied for second among active men with UCLA’s Julian Wruck on the all-time appearance list.

Outdoor: Did not finish the Texas Relays decathlon … Recorded his best discus mark since 2012 with a 122-2 (37.23m) at the High Point VertKlasse Meeting.

Indoor: Won the heptathlon at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships with a score of 6190 at altitude, giving him the fourth-best score in collegiate history, the No. 3 spot on the all-time collegiate performers list behind 2010 The Bowerman Winner Ashton Eaton of Oregon and Trey Hardee of Texas, and the No. 5 spot on the 2014 world performers list … Has two all-time top-10 collegiate heptathlon scores, joining Eaton (three) as the only collegians with multiple top-10 scores … Won the ACC Championships heptathlon with a score of 5987.

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Freshman
Distance

Newark, N.J.
St. Benedict Prep

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Edward Cheserek, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: Second career Watch List appearance; second in 2014… Is the fourth different man from Oregon to be represented on The Bowerman Watch List (which began in 2010), for an overall total of 18 appearances, tied for third all time with Texas.

Outdoor: Ran a 28:51.97 in his debut at 10,000 meters at the Stanford Invitational to finish 21st in an effort to attain a West Preliminaries qualifying time.

Indoor: Swept both the 3000 and 5000 meter titles at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, becoming the sixth man in Division I history to accomplish that feat … Outkicked rival The Bowerman Watch List member and 2013 The Bowemran Finalist Lawi Lalang of Arizona to win the 5000 meters title by six seconds in 13:46.67, and again used a late burst of speed to win at 3000 meters by two seconds over Oklahoma State’s Kirubel Erassa in 8:11.59 … finished his debut indoor campaign undefeated in two races at 5000 meters and two more at 3000 meters, including an MPSF title.

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Junior
Throws

Boring, Ore.
Barlow HS

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Ryan Crouser, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: Semifinalist in 2013 … Seventh career Watch List appearance; fifth in 2014 … Texas has now been represented on the Men’s Watch List 18 times, tied for third among men’s programs all-time with Oregon.

Outdoor: Is the only collegian ranked in the top five in both the shot put and discus … Collegiate and world leader in the shot put with a win at the Texas Relays with a career-best mark of 69-9½ (21.27m) … No other collegian is within five feet of Crouser’s best mark, and he owns the top four marks of the 2014 collegiate season … ranked fifth in the discus with a winning throw of 201-0 (61.27m) at the Texas Invitational.

Indoor: Won the shot put title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships with a winning mark of 69-7 (21.21m) by nearly four feet over runner-up Stephen Mozia of Cornell … each of his five legal throws would have earned him the national title, including two more that were farther than 68-11¼ (21.01m) … Collegiate leader in the shot put with a winning mark of 69-8 (21.23m) at the New Mexico Classic, just one centimeter shy of the all-time indoor collegiate top-10 performers list and good for No. 6 on the 2014 world performers list … Won the Big 12 shot put title with a heave of 67-8¼ (20.63m) by nearly three feet over 2013 indoor national runner-up Kole Weldon of Texas Tech. Undefeated in three shot put competitions in 2014.

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Junior
Sprints

Miami, Fla.
Booker T. Washington HS

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Dedric Dukes, Florida

The Bowerman Notes: First career Watch List appearance … Is the ninth different man from Florida to have been represented on the Watch List and his is the 62nd total appearance by a Florida man – both of which lead all programs over Texas A&M’s six and Arizona’s 23, respectively.

Outdoor: Won the Florida Relays 200 meters with a world-leading 19.97 (-0.6 m/s) to move to No. 8 on the all-time college performers list as one of just nine men in collegiate history to post a wind-legal sub-20 performance in the event … Ran a leg of Florida’s 4×400 relay that posted the second fastest time in collegiate history at 2:59.73 to win the Florida Relays … Finished seventh in the Florida Relays 100 meters in a personal-best 10.27 (-1.8m/s).

Indoor: Finished runner-up over 200 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 20.34 after running a prelims-best 20.66 … Finished runner-up at the SEC Championships at 200 meters in 20.61 after running the top prelims time in 20.55.

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Senior
Sprints/High Jump

Lanett, Ala.
Lanett HS

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James Harris, Florida State

The Bowerman Notes: Second career Watch List appearance … Gives FSU 14 total appearances, tied with Texas A&M for sixth in the nation.

Outdoor:Won at 200 meters at the FSU Seminole Invitational in a career-best 20.81 … finished runner-up in the high jump with a clearance of 7-3 (2.21m) at the Crimson Tide Invitational.

Indoor: Won the high jump at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships with a clearance of 7-7¼ (2.32m) on his first attempt at the height to defeat former Watch List member and 2012 NCAA indoor champion Nick Ross of Arizona by one height … Joined the all-time collegiate top-10 performers list in a three-way tie at No. 8 with Ray Doakes of Arkansas (1994) and Franklin Jacobs of Fairleigh Dickinson (1978) … qualified for the NCAA Championships 400 meters finals with the third-fastest prelims time in 45.90, but did not record a time in the final … Won the ACC title in the high jump a nd finished fourth at 400 meters.

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Senior
Distance

Eldoret, Kenya
Emining HS

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Lawi Lalang, Arizona

The Bowerman Notes: Finalist for the 2013 The Bowerman … All-time Men’s Watch List appearance leader with 21, including five this season … His is Arizona’s 23rd appearance on the Men’s Watch List, second as a program only to to Florida’s 62.

Along with fellow returning The Bowerman Finalist Julian Wruck of UCLA, he will attempt to become just the second male student-athlete to repeat as a Finalist … The other, Ashton Eaton of Oregon, won The Bowerman in his second appearance in 2010.

Outdoor: Finished runner-up over 1500 meters at the Pepsi Dual to defending NCAA Division I 1500 meters champion Mac Fleet of Oregon in 3:44.79 in his first race of the outdoor season.

Indoor: Finished as the runner-up both in the mile and at 5000 meters at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships, falling to rival Watch List members Anthony Rotich of UTEP in the former and Edward Cheserek of Oregon in the latter … Broke the indoor mile collegiate record with a 3:52.88 runner-up effort in the Millrose Games’ Wanamaker Mile, giving him the world’s second-fastest mile in 2014 … Collegiate leader at 3000 meters (7:44.20) in a win at the Washington Invitational, giving him the seventh-fastest indoor all-conditions time in collegiate history … ranked No. 4 among collegians at 5000 meters with a 13:41.58 win at the MPSF Championships.

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Sophomore
Jumps

Texarkana, Texas
Liberty-Eylau HS

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Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas

The Bowerman Notes: Second career Watch List appearance; second of 2014 … His appearance is Arkansas’ 12th between five different men on the Men’s Watch List, putting Arkansas No. 10 among men’s programs all-time.

Outdoor: Has not yet competed in his signature long jump event outdoors.

Indoor: Won the long jump national title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships with a world-leading leap of 27-6½ (8.39m) on his final attempt to break a tie with Rutgers’ Corey Crawford at 26-3½ (8.01m) … Leapt to No. 4 on the all-time collegiate indoor performers list with the fifth-farthest jump all-time, and No. 8 on the all-time U.S. Indoor list … Ran a leg of Arkansas’ third-place 4×400 relay … Finished runner-up at the SEC Championships in the long jump.

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Junior
Sprints

Arima, Trinidad and Tobago
Queen’s Royal College

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Deon Lendore, Texas A&M

The Bowerman Notes: Sixth career Watch List appearance; fifth in 2014 … Texas A&M now accounts for 14 total Men’s Watch List appearances, tied for sixth in the award’s history with Florida State.

Outdoor: Ran a world-leading 44.90 in his 2014 outdoor 400 meters debut at the Arizona State Sun Angel Classic for a new career best … Split 44.7 as the anchor of the Aggies’ 4×400 relay at Sun Angel to put Texas A&M at No. 2 on the national qualifying list at 3:02.67.

Indoor: Won the 400 meters national title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in 45.21 by a quarter of a second over runner-up Vernon Norwood of LSU … defeated former The Bowerman Watch List member Arman Hall of Florida in his final section by nearly a third of a second … ran the fastest preliminary time in 45.60 … Collegiate and world leader at 400 meters with his 45.03 win in the SEC Championships final, which equaled Torrin Lawrence of Georgia (2010) for No. 4 on the all-time indoor collegiate list … Owns three of the six fastest times in the world for 2014 at 400 meters … Undefeated in 2014 in four finals at 400 meters — three against rival Arman Hall of Florida — and another at 200 meters … Anchored the Aggies’ collegiate-record 4×400 team (3:03.20) with a 44.63 split … Ran a 44.57 split — fourth-fastest ever indoors, per Texas A&M — on the Aggies’ third-place 4×400 relay team at the Razorback Team Invitational

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Junior
Distance

Nairobi, Kenya
Koiwa HS

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Anthony Rotich, UTEP

The Bowerman Notes: Fifth career Watch List appearance, fifth in 2014 … Is the only man from UTEP and the fourth from Conference-USA to appear on the Watch List.

Outdoor: Tops the Division I qualifying list both at 1500 meters and in the 3000-meter steeplechase … Won the UTEP Invitational in 3:42.55 altitude, which converts to 3:39.16 for qualifying … Won the steeplechase at the Texas Relays in 8:38.68, where he also ran a leg of the Miners’ runner-up distance medley relay.

Indoor: Claimed the national title in the mile at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in 4:02.54 to defeat defending champion, collegiate record-holder and rival Watch List member Lawi Lalang of Arizona by less than a third of a second, as well as defending outdoor 1500 meters champion Mac Fleet of Oregon by less than half a second … Won the mile, 3000 meters and 5000 meters at the Conference USA Championships.

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Senior
Throws

Brisbane, Queensland (Australia) 
Gregory Terrace HS

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Julian Wruck, UCLA

The Bowerman Notes: Finalist for the 2013 The Bowerman … Ninth career appearance on the Watch List; fifth in 2014 … He accounts for all nine of UCLA’s appearances as a program on the Men’s Watch List … Tied with Duke’s Curtis Beach for No. 2 on the active all-time Men’s Watch List appearance list.

Along with fellow returning The Bowerman Finalist Lawi Lalang of Arizona, he will attempt to become just the second male student-athlete to repeat as a Finalist … The other, Ashton Eaton of Oregon, won The Bowerman in his second appearance in 2010.

Outdoor: Owns the top three marks in the discus for the 2014 collegiate season and is ranked No. 4 in the world… Finished runner-up at the Texas Relays as the top competitor from an American college/university with a nation-leading 213-3 (65.01m) … Claimed the discus title at the UCLA-Washington State dual with a heave of 212-1 (64.65m) … has won four of five competitions this year.

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