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.
PRIOR TO LSU
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.