Men’s Bowerman Trophy Watch List

Men’s Post-NCAA Indoor Championships 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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Junior
Pole Vault

Kingwood, Texas
Kingwood Park HS

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Shawn Barber, Akron

The Bowerman Notes: Fifth career appearance on the Watch List … Accounts for the fifth all-time appearances for Akron and the Mid-American Conference.

2015 Indoor: Won the NCAA Division I Indoor pole vault title with a new collegiate-record vault of 19-4.75 (5.91m) on his third attempt for the eighth-highest jump in the world for 2015 … Moved into a share for the No. 16 spot on the all-time world indoor performers list … Nearly become the first collegian, indoors or outdoors, to clear six meters … With the collegiate record and another clearance at 5.80m, he ran his season total of 19-foot-or-higher vaults to ten, more than the rest of the collegiate vaulters in history of indoor history (nine).

After jumping an unofficial collegiate record in early January, Barber broke the indoor CR twice in February… He cleared 19-3.5 (5.88m) at his home meet and 19-4.25 (5.90m) at Arkansas a week later… Those are now the two best marks in NCAA history indoors… Barber has won all seven times he’s vaulted this season

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Sophomore
Sprints

St. Petersburg, Fla.
Gibbs HS

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Trayvon Bromell, Baylor

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist for The Bowerman … Fifth career appearance on the Watch List … Accounts for all of Baylor’s all-time Watch List appearances.

2015 Indoor: Won the NCAA Division I Indoor 200 meters title with two of the four fastest times in collegiate history and two of the eight best times in the history of the world… Ran 20.19 in the final for the No. 2 time in collegiate history and a share of the fifth-fastest time in world indoor history, becoming the third-fastest man in the history of the world indoors … Ran 20.23 in the semifinals for the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history … False started in the semifinals of the 60 meters.

Prior to the NCAA Championships, he lowered personal best in the 60 meters to 6.54 seconds… Won the 200 meters at the Big 12 Championships… Finished third in the 60 meters at the Big 12 meet.

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Sophomore
Distance

Newark, N.J.
St. Benedict Prep

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Edward Cheserek, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: Returning 2014 Finalist for The Bowerman Trophy … Ninth career appearance on the Watch List.

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.

Prior to the Championships, he had not lost to a collegian in an open race or a relay this season… Ran the 1200 meter leg on the collegiate-leading distance medley relay (9:27.02) at the MPSF championships… Has the No. 6 time in the 3000 (7:49.56) and the No. 2 time in the mile (3:56.43).

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Senior
Throws

Boring, Ore.
Barlow HS

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Ryan Crouser, Texas

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist for The Bowerman … Active leader in Watch List appearances with 14.

2015 Indoor: Finished the 2015 indoor season with the best collegiate throw of the season at 69-4.25 (21.14m) to win his second straight Big 12 title and third in four years … Lost the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships shot put title to Florida’s Stipe Zunic, finishing runner-up with a throw of 68-8 (20.93m) … also threw 20.90m on his third attempt.

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Senior
Jumps

Middletown, Del.
Middletown HS

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Marquis Dendy, Florida

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy … 10th career appearance on the Watch List, becoming the 11th man to appear on the Watch List 10 or more times.

2015 Indoor: Became the first man to sweep the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships long jump and triple jump since Aarik Wilson of Indiana in 2005 … With a winning triple jump leap of 57-0 (17.37m) to win by nearly two feet over runner-up Donald Scott of Eastern Michigan, he broke the former meet record of 17.32m set by Will Claye of Florida in 2011 and moved to No. 3 on the all-time collegiate indoor list … Farthest collegiate triple jump since 1986, the No. 1 jump in the world for 2015, and moved him to No. 9 in U.S. Indoor history… Won the long jump by one centimeter over 2014 champion Jarrion Lawson of Arkansas with a leap of 27-2 (8.28m) for the No. 2 jump in the world in 2015, equal to the No. 7 performance in meet history … also leapt 8.27m on his final attempt for a share of the No. 10 jump in meet history.

Unbeaten in nine long and triple jump finals this winter… won the triple jump and long jump at the SEC Championships…Long jump of 26-3.75 (8.02m) at Arkansas’s Razorback Invitational ranked No. 3 in the NCAA… Triple jump of 56-6.5 (17.23) at Arkansas’s Tyson Invitational had been the collegiate and world leader.

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Senior
Distance

Portsmouth, N.H.
Portsmouth HS
(Northeastern Transfer)

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Eric Jenkins, Oregon

The Bowerman Notes: First career Watch List appearance …

2015 Indoor: Swept the 3000- and 5000-meter titles at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships … Took the 5000-meter title by just over a second with a win in 13:48.36, defeating Arkansas’ Kemoy Campbell … Won the 3000 meters crown the following day, outkicking teammate and fellow Watch List member Edward Cheserek to the line in 7:58.81 to lead an Oregon 1-2-3 sweep of the event.

Finished the season as the collegiate leader at both 3000 and 5000 meters … Won the Millrose Games 3000 in 7:44.91 for the eighth-fastest time in collegiate history … Won the Rod McCravy Memorial 5000 meters in 13:31.76 to finish with top collegiate time by nearly seven seconds … Ran a leg of the collegiate-leading distance medley relay in 9:27.02 at the MPSF Championships.

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Senior
Middle-Distance

Eldoret, Kenya
Cheptil HS

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Edward Kemboi, Iowa State

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance on the Watch List

2015 Indoor: Won the 800 meters title at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in a collegiate-leading 1:46.09 … Championships performance was equal to the seventh fastest in collegiate indoor history, moving him to No. 6 on the collegiate performers list all-time indoors … Defeated Monmouth’s Dylan Capwell by .65 of a second … Ran the meet’s top semifinals time in 1:48.04 … Ran the opening 1200-meter leg of Iowa State’s third-place distance medley relay team in 2:55.38, more than a second-and-a-half faster than any other team’s opening runner.

Won the Big 12 titles at both 800 and 1000 meters in 1:48.68 and 2:26.70, respectively … Won at 800 meters in a then-collegiate-leading 1:46.09 at the Iowa State Classic … Opened his season with a 1:46.94 at the Iowa Big 4 Duals.

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Senior
Throws

Rice Lake, Wis.
Rice Lake HS

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Michael Lihrman, Wisconsin

The Bowerman Notes: Only Wisconsin athlete ever to make the Watch List…Fourth appearance on the Watch List.

2015 Indoor: On his sixth and final throw, won the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships weight throw title with a new meet-record heave of 80-10.25 (24.64m) by just 16 centimeters over Southern California’s Conor McCullough … Emerged victorious with the =No. 5 throw in collegiate history in a meet in which three men surpassed the previous meet record of 24.02 set by Libor Charfreitag of SMU in 2001.

Finished his collegiate indoor career with eight of the ten best weight throw marks in NCAA history from this season alone, including the collegiate record … At Big Tens, threw 83-11.25 (25.58), breaking the overall collegiate record … Broke the Division I record three times, first at the Minnesota-Wisconsin Dual, then at the Red & White Open, and most recently at the Big Ten Championships

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Sophomore
Hurdles

Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston College

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Omar McLeod, Arkansas

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

2015 Indoor: Broke the collegiate record and won the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships 60-meter hurdles with a winning time of 7.45, tying him for the 2015 world lead and moving him into a share of the No. 27 spot on the all-time world performers list … Broke the former collegiate record of 7.47 held by Reggie Torian of Wisconsin from 1997 … Won by .24 over runner-up Chris Caldwell of Texas Tech for the biggest margin of victory in NCAA Indoor Championships history … Ran 7.55 to qualify for the final, which was equal to the second-fastest qualifying time in meet history … Though Arkansas finished eighth in the 4×400 relay, McLeod ran a 46.15 second leg of the race.

Prior to the championships, he won the SEC title in 7.49 to run what was then equal to the No. 2 performer in collegiate history … Ran the three fastest times of the collegiate regular season, including a winning 7.60 at the Tyson Invitational.

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Junior
Distance

Nairobi, Kenya
Koiwa HS

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Anthony Rotich, UTEP

The Bowerman Notes: 2014 Semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy … 12 career appearance on the Watch List … Accounts for all 12 of UTEP’s all-time Watch List appearances, and all but two of Conference-USA’s 14.

2015 Indoor: Finished third in the mile at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships in 4:01.78 … Ran a 3:59.94 to qualify for the mile final.

Currently ranks sixth in Division I in the mile (3:57.46 altitude-converted) and fifth in the 5000 (13:40.14) … Won the 5k and finished second in the 3k and mile at the Conference USA Championship.

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