Devin Dixon returns to Bowerman watch list following SEC meet record

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NEW ORLEANS – Breaking the SEC Championships meet record in the process of winning his fifth consecutive conference 800m title earned Texas A&M junior Devin Dixon a place among the Bowerman watch list following the conference championships weekend.

Devin is one of 10 selections named to the Bowerman watch list, which includes five athletes from the SEC. Joining Dixon from the SEC are Mondo Duplantis, LSU (pole vault), Grant Holloway, Florida (110m hurdles), Anderson Peters, Mississippi State (javelin), and Daniel Roberts, Kentucky (110m hurdles).

Dixon won the SEC Championship 800m title with a time of 1:44.76, bettering the field by two-plus seconds and breaking a 17-year-old meet record of 1:45.27 set by South Carolina’s Otukile Lekote.

On all-time lists, Dixon ranks 12th among collegians and equal seventh among U.S. collegians. He is just 0.02 of a second from the top 10 and 0.05 of a second outside of the top 10 performances among all-time collegians. For the 2019 season, Dixon’s time ranks second among Americans, to a 1:44.70 by Donavan Brazier, and is currently sixth on the world list.

On the Aggie all-time list, Dixon improved his standing as No. 2 performer with the No. 2 performance, trailing only the school record of 1:43.55 set by Brazier in 2016. Dixon now has four of the top 10 performances on the A&M all-time list as he improved his previous outdoor best of 1:45.62 set in 2018.

In addition to claiming a third SEC Outdoor 800m title to go along with a pair of SEC Indoor 800m titles, Dixon anchored the Aggies 4x400 relay to a 3:01.77 victory with a 44.23 split. Serving as the outdoor U.S. leader and current collegiate leader, the A&M 4x400 relay also ranks fourth on the 2019 world list.

Texas A&M travels to Sacramento, California, next week for the NCAA West Preliminary rounds held at Sacramento State. The meet serves as the first two rounds of the NCAA Championships, where the top 12 in each event advance to the semifinal and finals of the national championship meet held in Austin, June 5-8.

Two Aggies who have already qualified for the NCAA Championships in Austin are multi-event athletes Tyra Gittens (heptathlon) and Nathan Hite (decathlon) as the top 24 scores in the nation qualify.