LSU Gold
Houma, La.
High School
Vandebilt Catholic HS

Event: Pole Vault (IN: 15-6 ¼; OUT: 16-2)

Competed in four meets during the outdoor season in 2012 … Opened the campaign with a seasonal-best clearance of 15 feet, 9 inches to take seventh place in the pole vault at the Louisiana Classics … Finished in third place at the Cole-Lancon Invitational with a mark of 15-3 ½ … Did not record a height at the Battle on the Bayou and LSU Alumni Gold during the outdoor season … Did not compete for the Tigers during the 2012 indoor season … Chosen to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the first time in his collegiate career.

Competed in the pole vault in six meets as a true freshman in 2011 … Set a new lifetime personal record in the event with a clearance at 16 feet, 2 inches to tie for 11th place at the LSU Alumni Gold during the outdoor season … Cleared 16-1 ¾ for a sixth-place finish in his outdoor opener at the LSU Tiger Relays … Also competed in the pole vault at the LSU Invitational during the outdoor season … Wrapped up the indoor season with an indoor PR of 15-6 ¼ for a fifth-place finish at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier … Placed eighth in his collegiate debut at the Purple Tiger Invitational (15-1) … Cleared 14-4 ¾ at the LSU Twilight for a 10th-place finish.

A state champion pole vaulter during his prep career at Vandebilt Catholic High School … Captured two state titles in the pole vault as a junior in 2009 and as a senior in 2010 … Set a school record with a personal-best clearance of 16-0 during his senior season … A two-time all-state selection in track and field in 2009 and 2010 … Was also an all-state performer in cross country during his senior season … Also a four-year letterwinner in soccer and swimming during his prep career … A four-time all-state selection in swimming while competing in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter backstroke … Helped lead his swimming team to three state championships … Also helped lead his soccer team to a state title in 2007 … Was an all-state defender on the soccer field during his senior season in 2010.

Full name is Christopher Barraud Watson … Born on Sept. 6, 1991 … Parents are John and Alice Watson … Has three brothers, Brendan, Paul and Patrick, and one sister, Katie … Brother, Paul, was a member of the LSU track and field team during his collegiate career … An honor student at Vandebilt Catholic High School … A member of the honor roll for four years … also a National Merit finalist … Majoring in chemistry.


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