The Bowerman: 2021 Men’s Post-Conference Championships Watch List

NEW ORLEANS – Conference Championships Weekend offered clarity as to whom The Bowerman Watch List Committee believes to be the top men’s collegiate track & field athletes.

Here are the 10 men named to The Bowerman Men’s Post-Conference Championships Watch List: Robert Dunning of Alabama, JuVaughn Harrison of LSU, Cole Hocker of Oregon, Terrance Laird of LSU, KC Lightfoot of Baylor, Yared Nuguse of Notre Dame, Cooper Teare of Oregon, Karel Tilga of Georgia, Turner Washington of Arizona State and Noah Williams of LSU.

The Bowerman Watch List: 2021 Men’s Post-Conference Championships Update

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

Robert Dunning SR Alabama Hurdles Atlanta, Ga.
JuVaughn Harrison SR(i)/JR(o) LSU Jumps Huntsville, Ala.
Cole Hocker SO Oregon Distance Indianapolis, Ind.
Terrance Laird SR(i)/JR(o) LSU Sprints Coatesville, Pa.
KC Lightfoot JR(i)/SO(o) Baylor Pole Vault Lee’s Summit, Mo.
Yared Nuguse SR Notre Dame Mid-Distance/Distance Louisville, Ky.
Cooper Teare SR(i)/JR(o) Oregon Distance Alameda, Calif.
Karel Tilga JR Georgia Combined Events Tartu, Estonia
Turner Washington JR(i)/SO(o) Arizona State Throws Tucson, Ariz.
Noah Williams JR(i)/SO(o) LSU Sprints Rochester, N.Y.
Also Receiving Votes: Zach Bradford (Kansas); Emmanuel Ihemeje (Oregon); Isaiah Jewett (Southern California); Wesley Kiptoo (Iowa State); Thomas Mardal (Florida); Jo’Vaughn Martin (Florida State);Shaun Maswanganyi (Houston)..
NEXT: June 8

Dunning, who hails from Atlanta, Georgia, is a new addition to the Watch List. He is undefeated in the 110H this season with his most recent victory coming at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Dunning ripped a wind-aided 13.15 (+2.7) to win a race that saw four of the top-8 current marks on the Descending Order List (No. 1, No. 4, No. 6 and No. 8). Dunning, who is also ranked ninth nationally in the 400H, becomes the fourth Alabama athlete named to the Men’s Watch List.

Harrison, who hails from Huntsville, Alabama, continues to leave his mark on the collegiate record book. It was this past weekend at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships where Harrison went a perfect 7-for-7 in the high jump and cleared a world-leading 2.36m (7-8¾) to equal the second-best performer in collegiate outdoor history. Harrison turned his attention to the long jump next – an event in which he owns another top-10 mark in collegiate history – and placed runner-up to Carey McLeod of Tennessee with his 8.24m (27-0½). During the indoor season, Harrison became the only man in history to sweep the high jump and long jump at the NCAA DI Championships.

Hocker, who hails from Indianapolis, Indiana, scored 16 points at the Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships thanks to a victory in the 5000 (13:32.68) and a third-place effort in the 800, where he clocked a PR of 1:46.39. He is the collegiate leader in the 5000 at 13:19.98, a mark he ran at the Oregon Relays. During the indoor season, Hocker completed the mile-3000 sweep with a meet record in the former (3:53.71) and a near meet record in the latter (7:46.15). Hocker also clocked the second-fastest mile in collegiate history (3:50.55) and led off Oregon’s DMR that set an all-time world best of 9:19.42.

Laird, who hails from Coatesville, Pennsylvania, wouldn’t be denied at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He completed the 100-200-4×100 triple with incredible marks in each of those individual events. Laird won the 100 in a wind-aided 9.80 (+3.2) for the fifth-fastest all-conditions mark in collegiate history and then sizzled the track to the tune of 19.82 (+1.7) in the 200 for the fifth-fastest effort in collegiate history (Laird has a PR of 19.81, which sits No. 4).

Lightfoot, who hails from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, signed a professional contact after the indoor season. While none of his marks going forward will count toward The Bowerman recognition, his indoor campaign was legendary. Lightfoot became just the 13th man in world history to summit 6.00m (19-8¼) in the pole vault and cemented his collegiate record, among other feats.

Nuguse, who hails from Louisville, Kentucky, sang solo on his way to a collegiate record in the 1500 this past weekend at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. During the prelims of the meet – Yes, the prelims – Nuguse stopped the clock at 3:34.68 to demolish both the all-conditions collegiate best of 3:34.72 set by Sam Tanner back in February, as well as the collegiate outdoor record of 3:35.01 established by Josh Kerr in 2018. Just a few weeks earlier, Nuguse covered the same distance in 3:35.96 for what is now the eighth-fastest performance. This is the first time that a male athlete from Notre Dame has been on the Watch List.

Teare, who hails from Alameda, California, totaled 18 points at the Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a victory in the 1500 and a runner-up effort in the 5000. He is currently ranked second nationally in each of those events. During the indoor season, Teare set a collegiate record in the mile with his 3:50.39 at the Tyson Invitational.

Tilga, who hails from Tartu, Estonia, hasn’t competed in the decathlon since amassing 8484 points – the second-best total in collegiate history – at the Spec Towns National Team Invitational. He did get some work in at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, most notably setting a PR in the 110H of 15.13 (+1.1).

Washington, who hails from Tucson, Arizona, didn’t compete at the Pac-12 Outdoor Track & Field Championships – but still dominates the seasonal chart in both the discus and shot put. He owns nine of the top-10 marks this season in the discus and seven of the top-10 in the shot put, which includes the ninth-best performance in collegiate history in the discus at 66.26m (217-5).

Williams, who hails from Rochester, New York, has been as steady as ever in the 400, an event in which he is the fifth-fastest man in world history indoors. This past weekend at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Williams won the 400 in 44.37 – just off his 44.30 PR set three weeks prior at the LSU Alumni Gold – and helped the Tigers to 4×100 gold.

Here are the seven men listed in the “Also Receiving Votes” section of the Watch List: Zach Bradford of Kansas, Emmanuel Ihemeje of Oregon, Isaiah Jewett of Southern California, Wesley Kiptoo of Iowa State, Thomas Mardal of Florida, Jo’Vaughn Martin of Florida State and Shaun Maswanganyi of Houston.

The next Watch List will come out June 8, prior to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.


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