Men’s Bowerman Trophy Watch List

Men’s Semifinalists

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Junior
Pole Vault

Kingwood, Texas
Kingwood Park HS

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Shawn Barber, Akron

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy … First Semifinalist for the Mid-American Conference for either gender.

NCAAs: Won the NCAA outdoor title with a vault of 18-4.5 (5.60m).

2015 Outdoor: Cleared a collegiate-leading 19-4.75 (5.91m) at the Longhorn Invitational to move into sole possession of the No. 2 spot in collegiate history … Defeated world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie with a winning vault of 19-1 (5.82m) at the Drake Relays … Cleared 19-4.25 (5.90m) to win the Texas Relays, tying Jacob Davis of Texas from 1998 for the then-No. 2 jump in collegiate outdoor history and the Texas Relays record … Won the MAC title at 18-6.5 (5.65m) … Won the Akron Northeast Ohio Invitational at 18-3.25 (5.57m) …Won the Mt. SAC Relays at 17-6.5 (5.35m)

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: Second appearance as a Semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy.

NCAAs: Finished runner-up at 100 meters in 9.88w (+2.7m/s) and narrowly third at 200 meters in 19.86w (+2.4m/s) … Ran a wind-legal 9.90 in the prelims at 100 meters for the second-fastest time in collegiate history.

2015 Outdoor: Swept the Big 12 titles at 100 and 200 meters … Won the 100-meter crown with a time of 9.91w (+3.5m/s) after running 10.09 in the prelims … Won at 200 meters in 20.64w (+4.7m/s) after running 20.19 in the prelims … Won the Texas Relays 100 meters in a then-collegiate-leading 9.90w (+3.1m/s) for the 10th-fastest all-conditions time in collegiate history, after running a wind legal 10.02 in the prelims … Ran a wind-legal 20.19 at the Longhorn Invitational to tie his all-conditions career-best from the indoor championships … Ran 10.02 over 100 meters to win at the Baylor Michael Johnson Classic.

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: Second career appearance as a Semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy … Finalist in 2014 … Improved Oregon’s all-time Semifinalist total to five, second only to Florida’s eight

NCAAs: Swept both the 5000 meters and 10,000 meters titles at NCAA outdoors … Won the 10,000 in 28:52.92 and the 5000 in 13:48.67.

2015 Outdoor: Won the Pac-12 title at 5000 meters in 13:45.25 … Ran 7:57.97 to win Oregon Twilight 3000 … Anchored the winning DMR at the Penn Relays and the runner-up 4xMile … Ran for qualifying times at 10,000 meters (29:04.06 at the Stanford Invitational) and 5000 meters (14:00.72 at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational).

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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Junior
Sprints

Markham, Ontario
Milliken Mills HS

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Andre De Grasse, Southern California

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy … Third men’s Semifinalist to come from Southern California.

NCAAs: Won both the 100-meter and 200-meter titles at the NCAA Championships … His 19.58w (+2.4m/s) to win at 200 meters was the fastest time in all conditions in collegiate history, defeating 2014 outdoor champion Dedric Dukes of Florida and 2015 indoor champion Trayvon Bromell of Baylor … His 9.75w (+2.7m/s) at 100 meters is the second-fastest time in all conditions in collegiate history, defeating 2014 champion Bromell … Ran 9.98 in the 100-meter semifinals, making him the first man since 2011 Bowerman Trophy winner Ngoni Makusha of Florida State to run sub-10.00 wind-legal twice in the same collegiate season.

2015 Outdoor: Swept the Pac-12 titles at 100 and 200 meters, running 9.97 in the former and 20.05 and 20.03 (prelims) in the latter … Won the Mt. SAC Relays 100 meters in a wind-aided 9.87w (+4.0m/s), and claimed the 200 meters in 20.16.

2015 Indoor: Finished runner-up at NCAA Indoors at 200 meters in 20.26, moving to the No. 3 spot on the all-time collegiate performers list … False started out of the 60-meter prelims at NCAAs … Won the MPSF indoor title at 60 meters in 6.61 … Ran a season’s best 6.60 at 60 meters to win the Nebraska Frank Sevigne Invitational.

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Senior
Jumps

Middletown, Del.
Middletown HS

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Marquis Dendy, Florida

The Bowerman Notes: Second career appearance as a Semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy … Nation-leading eighth Semifinalist appearance for the Florida men all-time.

NCAAs: Swept the long jump and triple jump titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Won the triple jump with a wind-aided leap of 58-1.25w (17.71, +2.4m/s) to move to No. 3 on the all-time collegiate list under all conditions … Became the first collegian ever to surpass 57-2 (17.42m) three times in the same competition … Won the long jump with a wind-aided 27-8w (8.43m, +2.3m/s).

2015 Outdoor: Swept the SEC titles in the long jump and the triple jump … Took the long jump title with an outdoor career-best 26-10.5 (8.19m), and claimed the triple jump at 56-11.25w (17.35m, +2.6m/s) … Posted a long jump of 25-5.25 (7.75m) in a runner-up finish to then-NCAA qualifying leader Olabanji Asekun of Texas A&M at the Texas Relays … Also posted a superior wind-aided mark of 26-2.25w (7.98m, 5.3m/s) in that meet … Won the Penn Relays triple jump at 54-4.5 (16.57m) … Won the long jump at the LSU Invitational at 25-4.5 (7.73m).

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
Throws

Canoga Park, Calif.
Chaminade HS
Princeton (Transfer)

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Conor McCullough, Southern California

The Bowerman Notes: First appearance as a Bowerman Trophy Semifinalist … Combined with Andre De Grasse to make Southern California the fifth school represented by two Semifinalists in the same season.

NCAAs: Won the hammer throw title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a heave of 252-4 (76.91m) to defeat 2014 champion Matthias Tayala of Kent State by nearly 18 feet … Became just the seventh man in collegiate history to surpass the 250-feet barrier during the collegiate season.

2015 Outdoor: Won the Pac-12 hammer throw title with a mark of 236-10 (72.20m) … Threw the three best throws of the 2015 collegiate season at the USC vs. UCLA dual, including a 148-11 (75.88m) heave that moved him up to No. 7 on the all-time collegiate performers list … Also heaved 75.74m, 75.38m, 74.75m, and 74.28m against UCLA … Won the Mt. SAC Relays with a throw of 241-9 (73.70m).

2015 Indoor: Finished runner-up in the weight throw at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships with a mark of 80-3.75 (24.48m), moving to No. 3 on the all-time collegiate performers list … Lost the NCAA title on the final throw to collegiate record-holder Michael Lihrman of Wisconsin … Won the MPSF title at 77-5.25 (23.60m).

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Sophomore
Hurdles

Kingston, Jamaica
Kingston College

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Omar McLeod, Arkansas

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Bowerman Trophy Semifinalist … First man from Arkansas to be named a Bowerman Trophy Semifinalist.

NCAAs: Won the 110-meter hurdles title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 13.01w (+3.9m/s) for the third-fastest time in all conditions in collegiate history, and the second-fastest in Championships history … Ran 13.08w (+2.6m/s) in the semifinals for the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history under all conditions … Ran legs of the winning 4×400 relay and the sixth-place 4×400 relay.

2015 Outdoor: Won the SEC title in the 110-meter hurdles in 13.28 after running 13.39w (+3.6m/s) … Won the Drake Relays college/university 110-meter hurdles in 13.21 for a share of the seventh-fastest time in collegiate history, moving him alongside Jason Richardson and Aries Merritt.

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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Senior
Sprints

Morgan City, Louisiana
Morgan City HS

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Vernon Norwood, LSU

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Bowerman Trophy Semifinalist … Second men’s Semifinalist from LSU, and the first since Walter Henning in 2010.

NCAAs: Completed the sweep of the indoor and outdoor NCAA titles with a win in 45.10 … Anchored the winning 4×400 relay in 44.97 for the only official sub-45 split in the race, and ran a leg of the 4×100 relay that finished third overall.

2015 Outdoor: Finished runner-up at the SEC Championships in 44.76 as one of three times he dipped below 45 seconds in 2015 – just one less than all other collegians combined this outdoor season … Ran the East Prelims’ fastest time in 44.94 … Ran a career-best 44.44 at the LSU Alumni Gold, moving him to No. 9 on the all-time collegiate performers list.

2015 Indoor: Won the NCAA Indoor Championships title at 400 meters, taking the win in 45.31 … Finished third in the SEC final at 400 meters in 45.68.

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Senior
Hurdles

Canyon, Texas
Canyon HS

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Michael Stigler, Kansas

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Semifinalist for The Bowerman Trophy … First man from Kansas to be named a Semifinalist.

NCAAs: Won the NCAA Outdoor Championships title in the 400-meter hurdles in 48.84 for a win of nearly half a second.

2015 Outdoor: Won the Big 12 title in the 400-meter hurdles in 49.67 after running 50.30 in the prelims … Ran a career-best and collegiate-leading 48.44 in his 2015 400-meter hurdles debut to win the Texas Relays … Ran the fastest time ever in the month of March by a collegian … Won the Kansas Rock Chalk Classic 400 hurdles in 48.86, and the Kansas Relays in 50.07 … Ran a 13.78w (+2.2m/s) in the 110-meter hurdles to win the John McDonnell Invitational.

2015 Indoor: Specialty 400-meter hurdles is not contested indoors … Set a new career-best 46.66 by nearly a full seconds … Finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles at the Big 12 Championships, and fifth at 400 meters.

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Junior
Combined Events

Polva, Estonia
Audentes Sportsgymnasium (Tallinn)

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Maicel Uibo, Georgia

The Bowerman Notes: First career appearance as a Bowerman Trophy Semifinalist … First men’s Semifinalist in Georgia’s program history

NCAAs: Defended his national crown in the decathlon with a score of 8356 for the second-best score in NCAA Outdoor Championships history and the fourth-best in collegiate history, making him the only man in collegiate history with two top-five scores on the all-time list.

2015 Outdoor: Won the SEC decathlon title with a collegiate-leading score of 8326, moving him to No. 4 on the all-time collegiate performers list … Leads all collegians by nearly 100 points in the decathlon qualifying list … Cleared 7-1.75 (2.18m) in the decathlon high jump for a share of the No. 16 spot on the 2015 Division I qualifying list.

2015 Indoor: Pulled out of the NCAA Indoor Championships heptathlon with an injury after entering with the No. 2 score in the country … Finished runner-up at the SEC Championships to teammate Garrett Scantling with 5909 points.

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