Harrison, Williams Named to the Bowerman Watch List

by Aaron Hyder | Assistant Communications Director
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Harrison, Williams Named to the Bowerman Watch List

Baton Rouge, La. JuVaughn Harrison and Noah Williams of the LSU track and field program were named to the Post-NCAA Indoor Championships edition of The Bowerman Watch List Thursday afternoon. It marks Harrison’s sixth-straight appearance on the list, and it is the career debut for Williams.

Harrison just pulled off the first high jump/long jump sweep in history two weeks ago at the NCAA Indoor Championships. He registered personal records of 7′ 6.50″ (2.30 meters) in the high jump and 27′ 8.75″ (8.45 meters) in the long jump to win the third and fourth national titles of his career. His leap of 27′ 8.75″ in the long jump made him the third best performer in collegiate history indoors. Both of those marks are LSU school records and he collected them within a span of three hours to stake claim to the best high jump/long jump performance in world history in a single day.

Williams claimed his first career national title two weeks ago thanks to his personal best clocking of 44.71 in the 400 meter dash at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The time of 44.71 made him the third fastest in NCAA history, No. 4 in world history, and made him the LSU school record holder. He became LSU’s first indoor champion in the event since Vernon Norwood won in 2015. Williams competed last week on LSU’s 4×100 meter relay at the Louisiana Classics and is scheduled to do so again this week at the Texas Relays; he will also be a candidate to run on the 4×400 meter relay.

Williams becomes the seventh man in LSU history to be recognized by The Bowerman committee. Mondo Duplantis (8 appearances), Walter Henning (7 appearances), Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (2 appearances), and Trindon Holliday (1 appearance) are the other four Tigers that have been recognized on the men’s side. Vernon Norwood technically had no in-season watch list appearances for The Bowerman, but he was one of 10 semifinalists at the end of the 2015 season.

You can view the full list of 10 men on the current watch list at ustfccca.org.