The Bowerman: 2019 Men’s Pre-Conference Championships Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – There have been three men who have appeared on every installment of The Bowerman Watch List since the preseason debut back on January 8: LSU’s Mondo Duplantis, Florida’s Grant Holloway and Texas Tech’s Divine Oduduru.

Those other seven spots continue to remain fluid as 14 men cycled through the ranks of the prestigious chart during the indoor and outdoor season. Slowly but surely, however, several men have cemented their spots among the best of the best in collegiate track & field to leave us with a rather consistent look at the frontrunners for collegiate track & field’s highest honor.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2019 Men’s Pre-Conference Championships Update

(Click student-athletes’ names for their TFRRS page)

Mondo Duplantis FR LSU Pole Vault Lafayette, La.
Grant Fisher SR Stanford DIstance Grand Blanc, Mich.
Grant Holloway JR Florida Sprints/Hurdles/Jumps Chesapeake, Va.
Morgan McDonald RS SR Wisconsin DIstance Sydney, Australia
Chris Nilsen JR South Dakota Pole Vault Kansas City, Mo.
Divine Oduduru JR Texas Tech Sprints Ughelli, Nigeria
Payton Otterdahl SR North Dakota State Throws Rosemount, Minn.
Anderson Peters RS SO Mississippi State Throws St. Andrews, Grenada
Tyrell Richard SR South Carolina State Sprints Georgetown, S.C.
Daniel Roberts JR Kentucky Sprints/Hurdles Hampton, Ga.
Also Receiving Votes: Denzel Comenentia (Georgia), Quincy Hall (South Carolina), Bryce Hoppel (Kansas), Shelby McEwen (Alabama), Jordan Scott (Virginia)
NEXT: May 16

It was only a matter of time until Duplantis asserted himself during the outdoor season. That moment came this past weekend at the LSU Invitational where he became the second best performer with the second best performance in collegiate history in the pole vault. One week after topping out at 5.55m (18-2½), Duplantis cleared 5.94m (19-5¾) to move within four centimeters of the collegiate record that has stood since 1996.

Grant Fisher has appeared on five of the six Watch Lists this season and most recently won the 5000 at the Cardinal Classic in a PR of 13:29.52. That same race churned out the current top-5 national times, led by none other the Stanford senior.

Holloway, in true Grant Holloway fashion, has competed in four different events since the last Watch List was released on April 18. The Florida junior tried his hand in the 200 (20.94), long jump (8.00m/26-3) and the 4×100 at the LSU Alumni Gold a few weeks ago before turning his attention to the 110H and 4×100 at the Tom Jones Memorial this past weekend. Holloway clocked the third fastest 110H time of his career in the final (13.25) and helped the Gators to the nation’s third fastest time in the 4×100.

Morgan McDonald opened his outdoor season in the 5000 at the Bryan Clay Invitational (13:50.92) and then aided the Wisconsin Badgers in making some history. It had been 103 years since Wisconsin captured a wheel at the venerable Penn Relays, but with McDonald in the fold, the Badgers brought two back to Madison from the DMR and the 4xMile.

Chris Nilsen returns to the Watch List for the first time since February 28. Nilsen fell into the “Also Receiving Votes” category on each of the past two Watch Lists, but regained favor in the eyes of The Bowerman Watch List Committee following an impressive outing at the Drake Relays. The South Dakota junior won the elite section of the pole vault with a clearance of 5.85m (19-2½). Since the event was moved indoors due to inclement weather, it counts for the indoor record book and left Nilsen tied as the third best performer in collegiate history.

Many are still at a loss for words to describe what Oduduru did at the Michael Johnson Invitational two weeks ago. It was in Waco, Texas, where he became just the 10th man in world history to go sub-10 in the 100 (9.94) and sub-20 in the 200 (19.76) on the same day. That time in the 200 should stick out to you since it’s the second fastest wind-legal mark ever recorded in collegiate history.

Payton Otterdahl seized a spot on the Watch List back on February 7 and hasn’t budged. The North Dakota State senior recently competed at the Drake Relays where he finished runner-up to 2016 Olympic gold medalist Ryan Crouser. Otterdahl battled tough conditions at the event, but still sent four throws farther than 20.65m (67-9). That came one week after he notched an outdoor PR of 21.37m (70-1½) at the Beach Invitational.

Anderson Peters of Mississippi State and Tyrell Richard of South Carolina State have both competed at one meet since the last Watch List. Peters captured the javelin title at the Arkansas National Relay Championships this past weekend with a heave of 80.81m (265-1), while Richard won the 400 at the South Carolina Outdoor Open in 45.76 and helped his 4×400 relay team to a first-place showing.

Daniel Roberts didn’t let adverse conditions slow him down at the Drake Relays. The Kentucky junior won the Men’s 110H World Special over 2016 Olympic gold medalist and 2017 IAAF world champion Omar McLeod in a wind-aided 13.28 (+2.3). Roberts also competed for the Wildcats in the 4×100 and 4×200 relays.

Five men landed in the “Also Receiving Votes” category this go-round: Denzel Comenentia of Georgia, Quincy Hall of South Carolina, Bryce Hoppel of Kansas, Shelby McEwen of Alabama and Jordan Scott of Virginia.

The next Men’s Watch List will be released May 16.


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