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The Bowerman http://www.thebowerman.org Honoring the Top Male and Female Collegiate Track & Field Athletes Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:40:51 +0000 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.5 en hourly 1 ESPN’s John Anderson to Return as Host of The Bowerman http://www.thebowerman.org/news/espns-john-anderson-to-return-as-host-of-the-bowerman http://www.thebowerman.org/news/espns-john-anderson-to-return-as-host-of-the-bowerman#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:05:33 +0000 kyle http://www.thebowerman.org/?p=843 John AndersonNEW ORLEANS – The Bowerman Trophy is annually presented to collegiate track & field’s most outstanding male and female student-athletes, and the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is pleased to announce that once again John Anderson of ESPN, one of the most outstanding personalities in the sports world, will host the award ceremony.

Anderson, a regular anchor on ESPN’s popular SportsCenter program and a co-host on ABC’s Wipeout, will for the third time in five years be the master of ceremonies for the presentation of The Bowerman, which will take place Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. eastern as part of the USTFCCCA Convention at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.

 Anderson, a collegiate high jumper during his days at Missouri, will share the stage with each of the three male finalists and the three female finalists for The Bowerman as they reflect on their exceptional seasons and share behind-the-scenes perspectives and stories. He hosted the event last year as well as in 2010.

Joining Anderson will be a pair of fellow high jumpers in men’s finalist Derek Drouin of Indiana and women’s finalist Brigetta Barrett of Arizona, along with men’s finalists Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Julian Wruck of UCLA and women’s finalists Kori Carter of Stanford and Brianna Rollins of Clemson.

Wruck and Carter were the fans’ picks in the online vote that was conducted earlier this summer, with Wruck narrowly edging Drouin in the tightest men’s fan vote in the award’s history. Voting concluded earlier this summer, but the overall winners will not be announced until during the ceremony.

In addition to reminiscing on the collegiate season through the NCAA Outdoor Championshpis — the period of time during which accomplishments were considered for the award — Anderson will also have plenty to discuss with the finalists about their summer experiences on the world stage.

Rollins earned a World Championships gold medal in the 100 hurdles, Barrett a silver in the high jump, and Drouin a bronze in the high jump. Wruck was a finalist in the discus, and Lalang ran the fastest-ever 5000 meters by a collegian.

Anderson has remained actively involved with the sport. In 2010 he competed in the  New York City Marathon as the captain of Team Tillman to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation, and this year he will be one of the lead broadcasters for the first live national broadcast of the marathon in 20 years.

You can watch Anderson call the marathon on November 3 on ESPN2, WatchESPN.com, and ESPN Deportes, and locally in NYC on ABC7 and Watch ABC.

The Bowerman Ceremony is part of the USTFCCCA Convention, which will take place December 16-19 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. Registration for the convention is open only to USTFCCCA members.

Photo Credits: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport, ESPNMediazone.com

The Bowerman Finalists, 2013 Women

Brigetta Barrett, Arizona

High Jump | Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Season Recap & Full Bio

Barrett claimed the NCAA Division I high jump crown at both the indoor and outdoor championships, placing capstones on a season that saw her go undefeated against collegians in ten competitions en route to a new collegiate record. Her winning jump of 6-6¼ (1.99m) at the Pac-12 Championships broke the previous outdoor collegiate record of 6-6 (1.98m) held by Amy Acuff of UCLA and Kajsa Bergqvist of SMU. She also toppled Acuff’s dual meet record by a centimeter with a leap of 6-4¼ (1.94m) at the Arizona-Arizona State-Northern Arizona tri-meet.

 

Kori Carter, Stanford

Hurdles | Claremont, Calif.
Season Recap & Full Bio

Carter became a hurdling force to be reckoned with not only at the collegiate level but also on the world stage during her 2013 outdoor campaign, winning an NCAA Division I title in the 400 hurdles in a collegiate-record 53.21 and finishing runner-up nationally in the 100 hurdles in 12.79 — both against some of the best competition the world has to offer. She defeated 2012 Olympic finalist Georganne Moline of Arizona — who finished fifth in the 400 hurdles in London — in each of their five meetings, including both rounds of the NCAA Finals.

 

 

Brianna Rollins, Clemson

Hurdles | Miami, Fla.
Season Recap & Full Bio

Rollins ended her final year at the collegiate ranks the exact same way she started it: with a collegiate record. The Tiger hurdler set the collegiate record in the indoor 60 hurdles in her very first final of the season with a blazing 7.78 and ended her campaign with the 100 hurdles collegiate record outdoors at 12.39 (+1.7m/s) en route to an NCAA Division I title in the event. Her outdoor record came at the expense of the collegiate record of 12.47 (+1.2m/s) she had set two days earlier in the prelims. In total, her season featured  five of the ten fastest times in collegiate history in the 60 hurdles; three of the seven fastest 100 hurdles all-conditions time in collegiate history; and an unbeaten streak of 17 races between the two events.

 

The Bowerman Finalists, 2013 Men

Derek Drouin, Indiana

High Jump | Corunna, Ontario (Canada)
Season Recap & Full Bio

It was a banner year for Drouin — the indoor and outdoor USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year — as he became the first to sweep both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles in one academic year since he last did so in 2010. The Canadian won at heights of 7-8 (2.34m) or greater and took cracks at collegiate records at both championships. He finished unbeaten in nine collegiate high jump finals between indoors and outdoors, with his only overall loss coming in a tie with fellow The Bowerman semifinalist and rival Erik Kynard of Kansas State at the Nike Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Meeting, where both posted the No. 2 outdoor mark in collegiate history at 7-8¾ (2.36m).

 

 

Lawi Lalang, Arizona

Distance | Eldoret (Kenya)
Season Recap & Full Bio

Though Lalang did not compete as frequently as the other Finalists due to the nature of his events, he made every race count with four NCAA Division I individual titles — two indoors and two outdoors — two NCAA DI Indoor Championships records, four all-time collegiate top-10 marks indoors in two different events, and a 2013 collegiate-best at 1500 meters, an event he elected not to run at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. He swept both the mile and 3000 meter races at the indoor championships and took both the 5000 and 10,000 meter events at the outdoor championships, joining 2009 The Bowerman winner Galen Rupp of Oregon and Suleiman Nyambui of UTEP in 1982 and ‘83 as the only male runners to win four individual NCAA DI distance titles in one academic year.

 

 

Julian Wruck, UCLA

Discus | Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)
Season Recap & Full Bio

A national contender and 2011 champion in the discus in his days at Texas Tech prior to his transfer to UCLA, junior Julian Wruck had a breakthrough year in a big way in 2013, re-writing the record books en route to his second NCAA title in the discus. He finished the season not only undefeated but nearly untouchable in eight collegiate events in 2013, registering the top 27 throws by any collegian in 2013. He officially owns four of the top 10 throws in collegiate history and is No. 4 all-time at 217-7 (66.32m), and produced an all-time collegiate best 223-7 (68.16m) mark at an exhibition throws meet among four other throws that would have ranked in the all-time collegiate top-10.

 

 

WINNER SELECTION PROCESS

The Bowerman Voters will receive ballots listing each of the finalists and must rank them by first, second and third choice. First-place votes will receive three points, second place will notch two, and third will receive one point. The finalist with the highest point total will be declared the winner.

The Bowerman Voters consist of:

  • The Bowerman Advisory Board (10 members)
  • Select media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators
  • Galen Rupp, 2009 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ashton Eaton, 2010 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ngoni Makusha, 2011 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Cam Levins, 2012 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jenny (Barringer) Simpson, 2009 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Queen Harrison, 2010 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jessica Beard, 2011 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Kimberlyn Duncan, 2012 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Online voting by the public will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)
  • Online voting by USTFCCCA members will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist, World Champion and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

In total, the winners from the award’s first four years have won two Olympic Medals, two World Championships and six World Championships medals. When considering finalists for the award, 13 individuals have earned a combined six Olympic medals, four World Championships and 17 World Championships medals.

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

 

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

 

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Making Noise in Moscow: The Bowerman at the World Championships http://www.thebowerman.org/news/making-noise-in-moscow-the-bowerman-at-the-world-championships http://www.thebowerman.org/news/making-noise-in-moscow-the-bowerman-at-the-world-championships#comments Mon, 19 Aug 2013 21:15:29 +0000 kyle http://www.thebowerman.org/?p=839 NEW ORLEANS - The Bowerman may be the top individual honor in collegiate track & field, but the past week in Moscow, Russia, at the 2013 IAAF World Championships proved that many of the award’s winners and finalists — both current and past — are among not only the NCAA’s elite but also the world’s.

A pair of individual gold medals from decathlete Ashton Eaton — the 2010 men’s The Bowerman winner — and hurdler Brianna Rollins — a women’s finalist for the 2013 edition — headlined a combined 12 medals between 17 former winners and finalists who competed at the World Championships.

In addition to the individual golds from Eaton and Rollins, 2012 men’s finalist Tony McQuay earned a world championship as a member of the 4×400 relay. The three gold medals were accompanied by seven silver medal performances and two bronze-medal showings, along with two other fourth-place finishes just off the podium.

Full Results | IAAF Homepage

MAKING NOISE IN MOSCOW:
An INFOGRAPHIC Representation of The Bowerman’s Performances at World Championships

For the second consecutive year Eaton is unofficially the "Greatest Athlete in the World" after winning the Olympics decathlon in London a  year ago and the 2013 World Championship earlier this week with a world-leading score of 8809.

Less than three years after hoisting The Bowerman Trophy following his senior year at Oregon in 2010, Eaton now holds the world record of 9039 as one of two men to ever score more than 9000 points; is an Olympics and World Champion; and is the two-time defending American Champion.

Rollins’ ascent to the 100 hurdles World Champion throne came even quicker than Eaton’s rise, as she is a finalist for the 2013 The Bowerman that will not even be awarded until December. The Clemson Tiger overcame a slow start in the finals that saw her cede nearly a tenth of a second to a field featuring Olympic Champ Sally Pearson of Australia and 2010 The Bowerman winner Queen Harrison, only to surge to the win  over the final few hurdles in 12.44 (-0.6m/s) for a final margin of .06 over Pearson.

The world title is the capstone of a season that saw Rollins set collegiate records and win NCAA titles in both the indoor 60 hurdles and outdoor 100 hurdles; win a USA championship in the 100 hurdles; and post a world-leader and American record in 12.26, placing her third in the history of the world.

Not only did McQuay win gold as a member of the 4×400 relay, but he also claimed the silver medal in the open 400 meters race in a personal-best 44.40, edging out 2012 Olympic silver medalist Luguelin Santos (Dominican Republic) by little more than a tenth of a second, and also defeating Olympic Champion Kirani James of Grenada.

Perhaps the top all-around performer representing The Bowerman was 2010 women’s finalist Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, who won a silver in the long jump, a bronze at 200 meters and finished sixth in the final at 100 meters.  Not only did she finish runner-up in the long jump with a mark of 22-11¼/6.99m, she was just two centimeters from dethroning USA’s Brittany Reese, who has won three outdoor World titles, two indoor World titles and an Olympic gold since 2009.

Okagbare was just as close to silver at 200 meters, where she ended up with bronze in 22.32 (-0.3m/s) after finishing just thousandths of a second behind runner-up Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast. Her sixth place showing at 100 meters came in 11.04 (-0.3m/s).

Canada’s Brianne Theisen Eaton — a 2012 women’s finalist and married to Ashton Eaton — proved herself among the greatest all-around athletes in the world as well, finishing with a silver medal in the women’s heptathlon. With a personal-best score of 6530, she finished just 56 points shy of a gold medal in the two-day competition.

While the silver was Theisen Eaton’s first senior medal, a  pair of The Bowerman representatives already had medals to defend or improve upon. Jenny (Barringer) Simpson of the United States, the 2009 women’s winner of The Bowerman, led most of the way during the women’s 1500 final in trying to defend her World Championship from 2011, but ultimately finished runner-up with the silver medal in 4:02.99 by less than a third of a second to Sweden’s Abeba Aregawi.

Brigetta Barrett of Arizona (USA), a finalist for The Bowerman in both 2012 and the ongoing 2013 competition, took silver a year ago in London, and finished in the same position in Moscow this year. Without a failure through 6-6¾/2.00m she was in control of her own destiny in the competition after Russian rival Anna Chicherova went out at the same height; but Barrett would settle for silver after missing her three attempts at the following height of 6-8/2.03m.

Barrett wasn’t the only high-jumping The Bowerman representative to medal at the World Championships, or even the only 2013 high-jumping The Bowerman finalist to do so for that matter, as Indiana’s Derek Drouin (Canada) won bronze in the men’s competition. The Canadian was untouchable through his first five heights, advancing on without a miss at each, and required just two attempts to set a new personal record and Canadian National Record of 7-9¾/2.38m to secure the bronze medal. Just as in the Olympics a year ago, Bronze is where Drouin would finish as he could not clear 7-10¾/2.41m to continue on.

Ryan Whiting (USA) has been a perennial men’s shot put contender on the World stage since his appearance as a finalist in the 2010 The Bowerman, including an indoor World Championship in 2012, but his runner-up finish in Moscow this week is his best at a major outdoor world competition. Whiting claimed silver with a put of 70-9¼/21.57m, and he owned two of the competition’s top three marks.

Jessica Beard (USA) — the 2011 women’s winner of The Bowerman — rounded out the medal performances with her lead-off leg for the USA 4×400 relay team’s silver-medal effort.

Men’s 2009 The Bowerman winner Galen Rupp and 2011 men’s finalist Christian Taylor finished just off the podium in fourth place in the 10,000 meters and triple jump competitions, respectively. Rupp also took eighth at 5000 meters later in the week.

Queen Harrison (USA), the 2010 women’s winner, finished fifth in the same 100 hurdles final that saw Rollins take gold. With Rollins and Harrison in the field, one-quarter of the 100 hurdles final had ties to The Bowerman.

The men’s 110 hurdles final saw 2012 men’s finalist Andrew Riley of Jamaica finish eighth overall.

UCLA’s Julian Wruck (Australia), a current men’s finalist, took 11th in the discus, while 2012 men’s The Bowerman winner Cam Levins (Canada) was 14th in the 10,000 meters final. Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU, the 2012 women’s winner, finished 13th at 200 meters.

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Wruck, Carter Earn The Bowerman Fan Vote Victories http://www.thebowerman.org/news/wruck-carter-earn-the-bowerman-fan-vote-victories http://www.thebowerman.org/news/wruck-carter-earn-the-bowerman-fan-vote-victories#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:39:28 +0000 kyle http://www.thebowerman.org/?p=825 FAN-VOTE-WINNERS

NEW ORLEANS - Track & field fans around the world have spoken: thrower Julian Wruck of UCLA and hurdler Kori Carter of Stanford won the men’s and women’s online fan votes, respectively, for The Bowerman, placing them one step closer to potentially winning the 2013 edition of collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor.

By virtue of their victories in the fan vote, both Wruck and Carter earned one full vote in the overall balloting process for the award, which will be presented December 18 during a special award show at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention in Orlando, Fla. Former winners; The Bowerman Advisory Board; the USTFCCCA membership; and select media personnel, statisticians and collegiate administrators make up the rest of the full balloting process.

A total 36,589 total votes were cast between the men’s and women’s fan competitions, marking an increase of nearly 4,000 votes from 2012. The total is second only to 2011 when a record 82,949 votes were cast.

Though Wruck and Carter similarly finished their online fan vote journey in victory, the roads they took to get there could not have been more different.

Wruck emerged victorious from a tight back-and-forth battle with high jumper Derek Drouin of Indiana with a 2.01 percent margin of victory — the narrowest in The Bowerman fan vote history, surpassing Jenny Barringer’s 2.6 percent win over Porscha Lucas in 2009. Barringer (Simpson) would go on to win The Bowerman that year.

If recent history is any indicator, Wruck may be in luck as the past two winners of the men’s fan vote — Cam Levins in 2012 and Ngoni Makusha in 2011 — have gone on to take home The Bowerman Trophy in December.

After having his lead cut to fewer than 200 votes after a push of support from Drouin’s fans with approximately two hours left in the fan vote, Wruck’s supporters surged him to 8,324 total votes (40.58 percent) to Drouin’s final tally of 7,912 (38.57%). Distance runner Lawi Lalang of Arizona finished third with 4,275 votes for a 20.84 percent share.

The 20,511 total men’s votes nearly doubled last season’s fan input for the men’s competition, and is second in award history to 2011’s 41,683 votes.

While Wruck had to battle to the bitter end for his victory, Carter’s path was far clearer. Within the first week of voting, Carter pulled ahead to a commanding 50 percent share of the vote and never looked back, finishing with 8,609 votes (53.55 percent) — the most of any 2013 finalist regardless of sex.

Runner-up Brianna Rollins of Clemson jumped out to an early lead in the initial days of voting, but fell behind Carter and finished with a final tally of 4,379 (27.24 percent). Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett, a finalist for the second consecutive year, took third with 3,090 votes for 19.22 percent of the total.

Carter’s 26.31 percent margin of victory over Rollins is the second-largest in The Bowerman history behind Brianne Theisen (Eaton)’s win a year ago by 41.5 percent. However, Theisen would ultimately not win the overall award, which went to Kimberlyn Duncan.

Then again, history may be on Carter’s side after all, as the winner of the fan vote on odd-numbered years has gone on to claim The Bowerman starting with Barringer’s victory in 2009. Jessica Beard was the next fan vote winner to take home the Trophy in 2011.

 

The Bowerman Finalists, 2013 Women

Brigetta Barrett, Arizona

High Jump | Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Season Recap & Full Bio

Barrett claimed the NCAA Division I high jump crown at both the indoor and outdoor championships, placing capstones on a season that saw her go undefeated against collegians in ten competitions en route to a new collegiate record. Her winning jump of 6-6¼ (1.99m) at the Pac-12 Championships broke the previous outdoor collegiate record of 6-6 (1.98m) held by Amy Acuff of UCLA and Kajsa Bergqvist of SMU. She also toppled Acuff’s dual meet record by a centimeter with a leap of 6-4¼ (1.94m) at the Arizona-Arizona State-Northern Arizona tri-meet.

Kori Carter, Stanford

Hurdles | Claremont, Calif.
Season Recap & Full Bio

Carter became a hurdling force to be reckoned with not only at the collegiate level but also on the world stage during her 2013 outdoor campaign, winning an NCAA Division I title in the 400 hurdles in a collegiate-record 53.21 and finishing runner-up nationally in the 100 hurdles in 12.79 — both against some of the best competition the world has to offer. She defeated 2012 Olympic finalist Georganne Moline of Arizona — who finished fifth in the 400 hurdles in London — in each of their five meetings, including both rounds of the NCAA Finals.

 

 

Brianna Rollins, Clemson

Hurdles | Miami, Fla.
Season Recap & Full Bio

Rollins ended her final year at the collegiate ranks the exact same way she started it: with a collegiate record. The Tiger hurdler set the collegiate record in the indoor 60 hurdles in her very first final of the season with a blazing 7.78 and ended her campaign with the 100 hurdles collegiate record outdoors at 12.39 (+1.7m/s) en route to an NCAA Division I title in the event. Her outdoor record came at the expense of the collegiate record of 12.47 (+1.2m/s) she had set two days earlier in the prelims. In total, her season featured  five of the ten fastest times in collegiate history in the 60 hurdles; three of the seven fastest 100 hurdles all-conditions time in collegiate history; and an unbeaten streak of 17 races between the two events.

 

The Bowerman Finalists, 2013 Men

Derek Drouin, Indiana

High Jump | Corunna, Ontario (Canada)
Season Recap & Full Bio

It was a banner year for Drouin — the indoor and outdoor USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year — as he became the first to sweep both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles in one academic year since he last did so in 2010. The Canadian won at heights of 7-8 (2.34m) or greater and took cracks at collegiate records at both championships. He finished unbeaten in nine collegiate high jump finals between indoors and outdoors, with his only overall loss coming in a tie with fellow The Bowerman semifinalist and rival Erik Kynard of Kansas State at the Nike Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Meeting, where both posted the No. 2 outdoor mark in collegiate history at 7-8¾ (2.36m).

 

Lawi Lalang, Arizona

Distance | Eldoret (Kenya)
Season Recap & Full Bio

Though Lalang did not compete as frequently as the other Finalists due to the nature of his events, he made every race count with four NCAA Division I individual titles — two indoors and two outdoors — two NCAA DI Indoor Championships records, four all-time collegiate top-10 marks indoors in two different events, and a 2013 collegiate-best at 1500 meters, an event he elected not to run at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. He swept both the mile and 3000 meter races at the indoor championships and took both the 5000 and 10,000 meter events at the outdoor championships, joining 2009 The Bowerman winner Galen Rupp of Oregon and Suleiman Nyambui of UTEP in 1982 and ‘83 as the only male runners to win four individual NCAA DI distance titles in one academic year.

 

Julian Wruck, UCLA

Discus | Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)
Season Recap & Full Bio

A national contender and 2011 champion in the discus in his days at Texas Tech prior to his transfer to UCLA, junior Julian Wruck had a breakthrough year in a big way in 2013, re-writing the record books en route to his second NCAA title in the discus. He finished the season not only undefeated but nearly untouchable in eight collegiate events in 2013, registering the top 27 throws by any collegian in 2013. He officially owns four of the top 10 throws in collegiate history and is No. 4 all-time at 217-7 (66.32m), and produced an all-time collegiate best 223-7 (68.16m) mark at an exhibition throws meet among four other throws that would have ranked in the all-time collegiate top-10.

 

 

WINNER SELECTION PROCESS

The Bowerman Voters will receive ballots listing each of the finalists and must rank them by first, second and third choice. First-place votes will receive three points, second place will notch two, and third will receive one point. The finalist with the highest point total will be declared the winner.

The Bowerman Voters consist of:

  • The Bowerman Advisory Board (10 members)
  • Select media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators
  • Galen Rupp, 2009 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ashton Eaton, 2010 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ngoni Makusha, 2011 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Cam Levins, 2012 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jenny (Barringer) Simpson, 2009 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Queen Harrison, 2010 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jessica Beard, 2011 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Kimberlyn Duncan, 2012 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Online voting by the public will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)
  • Online voting by USTFCCCA members will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)

Paper balloting will conclude in the coming weeks while online voting will begin on Monday, July 29 and will last until Tuesday, August 13. An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate, and certify final results and will keep the result secret until the envelope is opened in December.

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

 

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

 

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Less than Two Days Left in The Bowerman Fan Vote http://www.thebowerman.org/news/less-than-two-days-left-in-the-bowerman-fan-vote http://www.thebowerman.org/news/less-than-two-days-left-in-the-bowerman-fan-vote#comments Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:00:55 +0000 kyle http://www.thebowerman.org/?p=815 NEW ORLEANS – Time is running out for fans of collegiate track & field to make their picks via online fan vote for The Bowerman — the sport’s highest individual honor.

Two weeks of online fan voting through The Bowerman’s homepage will come to an end Tuesday evening at 11:59 p.m. ET, at which point the winner of the men’s and women’s votes will receive one full vote in the overall balloting process.

VOTE NOW

With just two days remaining, more than 31,000 votes have been cast between the men and women finalists. And with two days remaining, additional voters could go a long way in deciding the winners of the men’s and women’s fan votes. Updates on the fan vote as it enters the homestretch can be found on The Bowerman’s twitter profile, @thebowerman.

Fans are encouraged to vote online and then take to social media to bolster their picks’ chances by sharing the voting link and encouraging their friends and followers to either #VoteBarrett, #VoteCarter or #VoteRollins on the women’s side and #VoteDrouin, #VoteLalang and #VoteWruck on the men’s.

The men’s competition is the tightest of the two, with UCLA thrower Julian Wruck leading a back-and-forth battle against Indiana high jumper Derek Drouin. As of 11 a.m. ET, Wruck possessed 40.36 percent of the votes with 6,880 to Drouin’s 35.82 percent at 6,106.

Time zone differences have played an interesting role in the race, as the Australian Wruck has garnered support from his home country during the Western Hemisphere’s nighttime, while the Canadian Drouin makes up ground during the day from his American and Canadian supporters.

Arizona distance star Lawi Lalang is approximately 2,000 votes back of Drouin at 4,060 for a 23.82 percent share.

Stanford hurdler Kori Carter took control of the women’s vote early and has not looked back since. At press time she held a commanding lead with 53.42 percent of the votes and a total of 7,642 — the most of any 2013 finalist regardless of sex.

Clemson hurdler Brianna Rollins held a significant lead early in the vote, but has since fallen behind with 29 percent of the votes and a total of 4,149. Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett has made a late surge to 2,514 votes and a 17.57 percent share.

Winners of the 2013 The Bowerman will be announced at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention during a special awards show on December 18.

 

THE BOWERMAN FINALISTS, 2013 WOMEN

Brigetta Barrett, Arizona

High Jump | Wappingers Falls, N.Y. 
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteBarrett

Barrett claimed the NCAA Division I high jump crown at both the indoor and outdoor championships, placing capstones on a season that saw her go undefeated against collegians in ten competitions en route to a new collegiate record. Her winning jump of 6-6¼ (1.99m) at the Pac-12 Championships broke the previous outdoor collegiate record of 6-6 (1.98m) held by Amy Acuff of UCLA and Kajsa Bergqvist of SMU. She also toppled Acuff’s dual meet record by a centimeter with a leap of 6-4¼ (1.94m) at the Arizona-Arizona State-Northern Arizona tri-meet.

 

 

Kori Carter, Stanford

Hurdles | Claremont, Calif.
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteCarter

Carter became a hurdling force to be reckoned with not only at the collegiate level but also on the world stage during her 2013 outdoor campaign, winning an NCAA Division I title in the 400 hurdles in a collegiate-record 53.21 and finishing runner-up nationally in the 100 hurdles in 12.79 — both against some of the best competition the world has to offer. She defeated 2012 Olympic finalist Georganne Moline of Arizona — who finished fifth in the 400 hurdles in London — in each of their five meetings, including both rounds of the NCAA Finals.

 

 

Brianna Rollins, Clemson

Hurdles | Miami, Fla.
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteRollins

Rollins ended her final year at the collegiate ranks the exact same way she started it: with a collegiate record. The Tiger hurdler set the collegiate record in the indoor 60 hurdles in her very first final of the season with a blazing 7.78 and ended her campaign with the 100 hurdles collegiate record outdoors at 12.39 (+1.7m/s) en route to an NCAA Division I title in the event. Her outdoor record came at the expense of the collegiate record of 12.47 (+1.2m/s) she had set two days earlier in the prelims. In total, her season featured  five of the ten fastest times in collegiate history in the 60 hurdles; three of the seven fastest 100 hurdles all-conditions time in collegiate history; and an unbeaten streak of 17 races between the two events.

 

THE BOWERMAN FINALISTS, 2013 MEN

Derek Drouin, Indiana

High Jump | Corunna, Ontario (Canada)
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteDrouin

It was a banner year for Drouin — the indoor and outdoor USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year — as he became the first to sweep both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles in one academic year since he last did so in 2010. The Canadian won at heights of 7-8 (2.34m) or greater and took cracks at collegiate records at both championships. He finished unbeaten in nine collegiate high jump finals between indoors and outdoors, with his only overall loss coming in a tie with fellow The Bowerman semifinalist and rival Erik Kynard of Kansas State at the Nike Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Meeting, where both posted the No. 2 outdoor mark in collegiate history at 7-8¾ (2.36m).

 

 

Lawi Lalang, Arizona

Distance | Eldoret (Kenya)
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteLalang

Though Lalang did not compete as frequently as the other Finalists due to the nature of his events, he made every race count with four NCAA Division I individual titles — two indoors and two outdoors — two NCAA DI Indoor Championships records, four all-time collegiate top-10 marks indoors in two different events, and a 2013 collegiate-best at 1500 meters, an event he elected not to run at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. He swept both the mile and 3000 meter races at the indoor championships and took both the 5000 and 10,000 meter events at the outdoor championships, joining 2009 The Bowerman winner Galen Rupp of Oregon and Suleiman Nyambui of UTEP in 1982 and ‘83 as the only male runners to win four individual NCAA DI distance titles in one academic year.

 

Julian Wruck, UCLA

Discus | Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteWruck

A national contender and 2011 champion in the discus in his days at Texas Tech prior to his transfer to UCLA, junior Julian Wruck had a breakthrough year in a big way in 2013, re-writing the record books en route to his second NCAA title in the discus. He finished the season not only undefeated but nearly untouchable in eight collegiate events in 2013, registering the top 27 throws by any collegian in 2013. He officially owns four of the top 10 throws in collegiate history and is No. 4 all-time at 217-7 (66.32m), and produced an all-time collegiate best 223-7 (68.16m) mark at an exhibition throws meet among four other throws that would have ranked in the all-time collegiate top-10.

 

WINNER SELECTION PROCESS

The Bowerman Voters will receive ballots listing each of the finalists and must rank them by first, second and third choice. First-place votes will receive three points, second place will notch two, and third will receive one point. The finalist with the highest point total will be declared the winner.

The Bowerman Voters consist of:

  • The Bowerman Advisory Board (10 members)
  • Select media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators
  • Galen Rupp, 2009 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ashton Eaton, 2010 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ngoni Makusha, 2011 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Cam Levins, 2012 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jenny (Barringer) Simpson, 2009 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Queen Harrison, 2010 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jessica Beard, 2011 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Kimberlyn Duncan, 2012 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Online voting by the public will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)
  • Online voting by USTFCCCA members will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)

Paper balloting will conclude in the coming weeks while online voting will begin on Monday, July 29 and will last until Tuesday, August 13. An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate, and certify final results and will keep the result secret until the envelope is opened in December.

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

 

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

 

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Make Your Voice Heard: Online The Bowerman Fan Voting Begins Today http://www.thebowerman.org/news/make-your-voice-heard-online-the-bowerman-fan-voting-begins-today http://www.thebowerman.org/news/make-your-voice-heard-online-the-bowerman-fan-voting-begins-today#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:32:35 +0000 kyle http://www.thebowerman.org/?p=803 NEW ORLEANS – Fans of collegiate track & field will have their voices heard in the next two weeks as online voting for The Bowerman — the nation’s top award for collegiate track & field student-athletes — got underway as of noon ET on Monday, July 29.

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Voting will take place at TheBowerman.org through Tuesday, August 13, to help narrow the three male and three female finalists down to a men’s and women’s winner who will take home the iconic The Bowerman trophy. The results of the online fan vote will account for one full vote in the overall balloting process.

Voters will choose between women’s finalists Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett, Stanford’s Kori Carter and Clemson’s Brianna Rollins; and men’s finalists Derek Drouin of Indiana, Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Julian Wruck of UCLA. Quick recaps of their seasons can be found below.

When placing votes, fans should only consider performances that occurred from the beginning of the indoor season through the end of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Any performance that occurred during that timeframe — even if it wasn’t a purely collegiate competition — can be counted. Anything before that time (cross country) or after (USA Championships, select Diamond League meetings, etc.) should not factor into the decision.

To further the cause of your favorite finalists, be sure to spread the word on Twitter by following @thebowerman and using the hashtags found in each of the finalists’ biographies below. Encourage your followers to #VoteBarrett, #VoteCarter or #VoteRollins on the women’s side, and to #VoteDrouin, #VoteLalang or #VoteWruck for the men.

Online fan voting started in 2009 with more than 163,000 votes having been cast since, and more than 25,000 votes have been cast each year.

Paper balloting by The Bowerman Advisory Board, past winners, selected media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators, is also underway until later this month. An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate, and certify final results and will keep the result secret until the envelope is opened in December.

The award, in its fifth year of existence, will be presented in a ceremony at the USTFCCCA Convention on December 18 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.

 

The Bowerman Finalists, 2013 Women

Brigetta Barrett, Arizona

High Jump | Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteBarrett

Barrett claimed the NCAA Division I high jump crown at both the indoor and outdoor championships, placing capstones on a season that saw her go undefeated against collegians in ten competitions en route to a new collegiate record. Her winning jump of 6-6¼ (1.99m) at the Pac-12 Championships broke the previous outdoor collegiate record of 6-6 (1.98m) held by Amy Acuff of UCLA and Kajsa Bergqvist of SMU. She also toppled Acuff’s dual meet record by a centimeter with a leap of 6-4¼ (1.94m) at the Arizona-Arizona State-Northern Arizona tri-meet.

Kori Carter, Stanford

Hurdles | Claremont, Calif.
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteCarter

Carter became a hurdling force to be reckoned with not only at the collegiate level but also on the world stage during her 2013 outdoor campaign, winning an NCAA Division I title in the 400 hurdles in a collegiate-record 53.21 and finishing runner-up nationally in the 100 hurdles in 12.79 — both against some of the best competition the world has to offer. She defeated 2012 Olympic finalist Georganne Moline of Arizona — who finished fifth in the 400 hurdles in London — in each of their five meetings, including both rounds of the NCAA Finals.

 

 

Brianna Rollins, Clemson

Hurdles | Miami, Fla.
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteRollins

Rollins ended her final year at the collegiate ranks the exact same way she started it: with a collegiate record. The Tiger hurdler set the collegiate record in the indoor 60 hurdles in her very first final of the season with a blazing 7.78 and ended her campaign with the 100 hurdles collegiate record outdoors at 12.39 (+1.7m/s) en route to an NCAA Division I title in the event. Her outdoor record came at the expense of the collegiate record of 12.47 (+1.2m/s) she had set two days earlier in the prelims. In total, her season featured  five of the ten fastest times in collegiate history in the 60 hurdles; three of the seven fastest 100 hurdles all-conditions time in collegiate history; and an unbeaten streak of 17 races between the two events.

 

The Bowerman Finalists, 2013 Men

Derek Drouin, Indiana

High Jump | Corunna, Ontario (Canada)
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteDrouin

It was a banner year for Drouin — the indoor and outdoor USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year — as he became the first to sweep both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles in one academic year since he last did so in 2010. The Canadian won at heights of 7-8 (2.34m) or greater and took cracks at collegiate records at both championships. He finished unbeaten in nine collegiate high jump finals between indoors and outdoors, with his only overall loss coming in a tie with fellow The Bowerman semifinalist and rival Erik Kynard of Kansas State at the Nike Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Meeting, where both posted the No. 2 outdoor mark in collegiate history at 7-8¾ (2.36m).

 

Lawi Lalang, Arizona

Distance | Eldoret (Kenya)
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteLalang

Though Lalang did not compete as frequently as the other Finalists due to the nature of his events, he made every race count with four NCAA Division I individual titles — two indoors and two outdoors — two NCAA DI Indoor Championships records, four all-time collegiate top-10 marks indoors in two different events, and a 2013 collegiate-best at 1500 meters, an event he elected not to run at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. He swept both the mile and 3000 meter races at the indoor championships and took both the 5000 and 10,000 meter events at the outdoor championships, joining 2009 The Bowerman winner Galen Rupp of Oregon and Suleiman Nyambui of UTEP in 1982 and ‘83 as the only male runners to win four individual NCAA DI distance titles in one academic year.

 

Julian Wruck, UCLA

Discus | Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)
Season Recap & Full Bio
#VoteWruck

A national contender and 2011 champion in the discus in his days at Texas Tech prior to his transfer to UCLA, junior Julian Wruck had a breakthrough year in a big way in 2013, re-writing the record books en route to his second NCAA title in the discus. He finished the season not only undefeated but nearly untouchable in eight collegiate events in 2013, registering the top 27 throws by any collegian in 2013. He officially owns four of the top 10 throws in collegiate history and is No. 4 all-time at 217-7 (66.32m), and produced an all-time collegiate best 223-7 (68.16m) mark at an exhibition throws meet among four other throws that would have ranked in the all-time collegiate top-10.

 

WINNER SELECTION PROCESS

The Bowerman Voters will receive ballots listing each of the finalists and must rank them by first, second and third choice. First-place votes will receive three points, second place will notch two, and third will receive one point. The finalist with the highest point total will be declared the winner.

The Bowerman Voters consist of:

  • The Bowerman Advisory Board (10 members)
  • Select media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators
  • Galen Rupp, 2009 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ashton Eaton, 2010 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ngoni Makusha, 2011 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Cam Levins, 2012 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jenny (Barringer) Simpson, 2009 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Queen Harrison, 2010 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jessica Beard, 2011 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Kimberlyn Duncan, 2012 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Online voting by the public will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)
  • Online voting by USTFCCCA members will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)

Paper balloting will conclude in the coming weeks while online voting will begin on Monday, July 29 and will last until Tuesday, August 13. An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate, and certify final results and will keep the result secret until the envelope is opened in December.

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

 

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

 

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The Bowerman 2013 Finalists and Former Winners at Diamond League Herculis Meeting http://www.thebowerman.org/news/the-bowerman-2013-finalists-and-former-winners-at-diamond-league-herculis-meeting http://www.thebowerman.org/news/the-bowerman-2013-finalists-and-former-winners-at-diamond-league-herculis-meeting#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2013 17:35:25 +0000 kyle http://www.thebowerman.org/?p=798 MONACO – Current finalists for and former winners of The Bowerman — collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor — will be front and center this weekend at the Herculis 2013 IAAF Diamond League meeting, which many consider the crown jewel of the world’s top track & field circuit.

Distance star Lawi Lalang and high jump sensation Brigetta Barrett, both of Arizona, are the two current finalists for the 2013 The Bowerman who will be competing at the meeting on Friday, July 19, at Stade Louis II among the world’s best. Lalang will be in the 5000 meters, while Barrett is entered in her signature high jump event.

For the purposes of their The Bowerman candidacy, the results of this meet and everything that has occurred after the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in mid-June will not be factored into the decision. Only results that occurred throughout the duration of the NCAA indoor and outdoor seasons should be considered when determining finalists.

Also among the entrants to the event are four former winners. Inaugural 2009 The Bowerman winners and distance runners Galen Rupp, formerly of Oregon, and Jenny (Barringer) Simpson, formerly of Colorado, are both scheduled to compete — Rupp at 5000 meters and Simpson at 1500.

Sprint hurdler Queen Harrison, the 2010 winner from Virginia Tech, and 2012 winner Kimberlyn Duncan from LSU are also set to take on elite fields as they prepare for the World Championships in Moscow, which will take place August 10-18. Harrison will take on the 100 hurdles, while Duncan is slated for 200 meters.

Meet Information: Meet Home | Start Lists/Schedule | Broadcast Info

World-leading Barrett, recently announced as a The Bowerman finalist for the second consecutive season, is no stranger to competition on the world stage as her Olympic high jump silver from the 2012 London Olympics proves. She has a personal best of 6-8¼ (2.04m) set at the USA Championships while competing with Nike, which stands as the all-time, all-dates best by a collegian, and is a centimeter better than her silver-winning clearance in London.

The USTFCCCA recognizes marks made by seniors with exhausted eligibility through the end of the World Championships or Olympics as part of a supplement to its collegiate all-time bests.

Her international experience will be vital, as the field she will face in Monaco will likely resemble what she faces in Moscow next month. An Olympics rematch is on tap with 2012 gold medalist Anna Chicherova of Russia and fourth-placer Ruth Beitia of Spain both in the field. Blanka Vlašić of Croatia, the No. 2 high jumper all-time and a 2007 and 2009 world champ, will also push Barrett to her limit.

While Lalang — a senior-to-be on the track at Arizona — will not be competing at the World Championships for his native Kenya, he will run the 5000 in Monaco and look to continue a recent hot streak that began with dual 5000/10,000 meter titles at the NCAA Championships in mid-June. The past several weeks have seen him run the all-time, all-dates fastest 5000 meters time by a collegian with his 13:07.13 in Ostrava, Czech Republic, and a personal best of 3:33.20 at the Paris Diamond League meeting — by far the best by any collegian in 2013.

Conditions will be ideal for him to potentially take a run at lowering his collegiate-best time as the field will be loaded with seven men who have run faster than 13 minutes and two — Isiah Kiplangat Koech and Albert Rop of Kenya — who have dipped below the mark in 2013. American record holder and 2007 world champion Bernard Lagat — a volunteer coach at Arizona and a training partner for Lalang — and 2012 Olympic 10,000 meters silver medalist Rupp will both be in the field tuning up for Moscow. Another notable competitor for Lalang will be Thomas Pkemei Longosiwa of Kenya, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist.

Former winner Simpson, a 2011 world champion at 1500 meters and No. 9 in the world in 2013 at 4:02.30, will be up against perhaps the most formidable and decorated field in the meet. In addition to four other top-10 runners at the distance in 2013 in No. 4 Hellen Obiri (3:58.58), No. 5 Viola Jelegat Kibiwot (4:00.76) and No. 6 Nancy Jebet Langat (4:01.41) of Kenya and USA teammate for the World Championships No. 10 Treniere Moser (4:02.85) she will also have to contend with a number of former world and Olympic medalists.

Chief among those former medalists is Bahrian’s Maryam Yusuf, the world champion in both 2009 and 2007, and a bronze medalist at the 2012 Olympics. Yusuf was beaten out in London by silver medalist Gamze Bulut of Turkey, who will also be in the field. Spain’s Natalia Rodriguez won bronze at the 2011 games behind Simpson’s gold, and USA teammate Shannon Rowbury is a 2009 World Championships bronze medalist.

Harrison, the 2010 women’s winner, is ranked No. 2 in the world in the 100 hurdles at 12.43 (+1.2m/s) behind Brianna Rollins — her World Championships teammate and a finalist for the 2013 edition of The Bowerman. With Rollins not competing at Monaco, Harrison is the fastest hurdler in the field based on 2013 performances, followed by fellow American Kellie Wells at No. 6 (12.54, +1.2m/s). The wild card in the race will be the health and fitness of Australia’s Sally Pearson, the 2011 world champ and 2008 Olympic silver medalist. Pearson has a lifetime best of 12.28 — No. 5 all-time on the IAAF list — but her 2013 best is 12.67 (+0.9m/s).

Harrison and Rollins — the collegiate and American record holder in the 100 hurdles — will both compete at the smaller Luzern Spitzenleichtathletik in Lucerne, Switzerland at 2:30pm ET/8:30pm local time.

Though she was not selected as a The Bowerman finalist this year with a logjam of uber-talented candidates vying for just three spots, Duncan won the award last year and is among the fastest in the world at 200 meters this year as she prepares for her first major international competition in Moscow. With a fastest wind-legal time of 22.35 (+1.3m/s) she is officially No. 4 in the world on the IAAF list, but her 21.80w (+3.2m/s) en route to a defeat of Olympic champ Allyson Felix and a US Championship is the fastest all-conditions time in the world this year.

She will face the fastest wind-legal woman in the world in Monaco in Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, the 2012 Olympic silver medalist at 200 meters who less than a month ago ran 22.13 (+1.0m/s). Fraser-Pryce also has two Olympic golds and a 2009 World Championships gold at 100 meters to her name. Also lining up in the blocks will be No. 5 Murielle Ahoure of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire (22.36, +1.2m/s).

The meet will be broadcast on Universal Sports Friday, July 19, at 2pm ET.

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

 

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

 

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Barrett, Carter, Rollins Selected as 2013 Women’s Finalists for The Bowerman http://www.thebowerman.org/news/barrett-carter-rollins-selected-as-2013-womens-finalists-for-the-bowerman http://www.thebowerman.org/news/barrett-carter-rollins-selected-as-2013-womens-finalists-for-the-bowerman#comments Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:47:22 +0000 kyle http://www.thebowerman.org/?p=789 NEW ORLEANS – A trio of collegiate record holders make up the class of three women’s finalists for the 2013 The Bowerman Trophy, announced Wednesday by the Bowerman Advisory Committee. Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett, Stanford hurdler Kori Carter and Clemson hurdler Brianna Rollins are the three finalists up for consideration as the most outstanding women’s collegiate track & field student-athlete of the 2013 season.

Barrett, Carter and Rollins were the three finalists selected from the 10 semifinalists by the Committee to attend December’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention in Orlando, where the 2013 winner will be announced during The Bowerman Ceremony. The men’s finalists were announced Wednesday.

Season Review PDFs: Brigetta Barrett | Kori Carter | Brianna Rollins

2013 The Bowerman Women’s Finalists Announcement Video


2013 The Bowerman – Women’s Finalists from USTFCCCA on Vimeo.

Barrett — also a finalist for the 2012 award a year ago — claimed both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles for the third consecutive year, setting a new collegiate record during the outdoor season; Carter won a title in the 400 hurdles in a collegiate-record time after dominating Olympic competition all outdoor season; and Rollins bookended her 2013 campaign with a 60 hurdles collegiate record in her first final of the indoor season and a collegiate record in the 100 hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The trio emerged from a field of women’s candidates that was exceptionally deep. Not making the trip to Orlando are the defending Bowerman winner Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU, shot put collegiate record holder Tia Brooks of Oklahoma, and three-time NCAA champ Abbey D’Agostino of Dartmouth among many others.

With her appearance as a finalist for the second year in a row, Barrett joins Duncan (2011 and 2012) as the only two-time women’s finalists. Oregon’s Ashton Eaton accomplished that feat on the men’s side in 2009 and 2010.

Just as on the men’s side, the Pac-12 is well-represented by the women finalists, with Barrett and Carter joining with men’s finalists Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Julian Wruck of UCLA to account for two-thirds of the finalists. This continues a larger historical trend of Pac-12 dominance in overall finalists, as the conference now has 12 between both men and women with the next closest being the Big 12 with six total.

The Pac-12 now has had four women’s finalists, second to the Big 12’s five. A winner from the conference by either Carter or Barrett would its first.

Rollins is the second woman from the ACC to be named a finalist for the Bowerman, joining 2010 winner Queen Harrison of Virginia Tech. Only one man from the ACC has been named a finalist, that being 2011 winner Ngoni Makusha of Florida State. Rollins would keep the ACC a perfect 3-for-3 should she win the award.

In the coming weeks, dozens of select media personnel, track & field statisticians, and collegiate administrators will choose the top male and top female as the award winners. In addition, beginning July 29, fans can visit TheBowerman.org to submit their choices as online voting will account for one full vote in the process.

Finalists were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board, a ten-person panel of experts in the sport, based on performances recorded during the indoor and outdoor 2013 track & field seasons. Only performances through the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are used in consideration. Notable competitions and results beyond that point are included in their biographies below, but played no part in the selection process.

The winners will be first announced during a ceremony held in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention. The finalists and their families will be invited to take part in the special event that will be held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla., on December 18.

 

QUICKLY – THE FINALISTS

Brigetta Barrett, Arizona


Courtesy: ArizonaWildcats.com

Year: Senior
Event:
High Jump
Hometown: Wappinger’s Falls, N.Y.

Arizona senior Brigetta Barrett closed out her collegiate career on a high note after sweeping both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles for the third consecutive season and setting the outdoor collegiate record and the all-time dual meet record in the event, all while going unbeaten against collegians in 10 event finals between the indoor and outdoor seasons. She cleared winning heights of 6-3¼ (1.91m) in seven of those finals, and five times took attempts at breaking the collegiate record — succeeding at the Pac-12 Championships with a clearance of 6-6¼ (1.99m).

Her brief four-event indoor season culminated with a season’s-best clearance of 6-4¾ (1.95m) to take the NCAA Division I indoor title by two inches over the nearest competitor. She missed just once through her first seven heights before taking three tries at an indoor collegiate-record 6-6¼ (1.99m), which she did not clear but eventually would during the outdoor season. Her previous season’s best prior to the indoor championships had been a clearance of 6-3¼ (1.91m) in her 2013 debut at the Razorback Team Invitational.

Her outdoor season was one for the record books, as she not only claimed the Division I Outdoor high jump title but also set collegiate and all-time dual meet records along the way with two of the ten best clearances in collegiate history. Just as she did indoors, she took the outdoor Division I title with a winning height of 6-4¾ (1.95m), this time with a bit more drama as she cleared her final height on her third attempt, before taking three tries at a new collegiate record of 6-6¾ (2.00m).

The record she was attempting to usurp was none other than her own, set a month prior at the Pac-12 Championships. After a long build-up featuring 13 heights cleared in one attempt and five others on which she passed, she was successful on her third and final attempt at 6-6¼ (1.99m) to break the previous collegiate record of 6-6 (1.98m) held by Amy Acuff of UCLA (1995) and Kajsa Bergqvist of SMU (1999). She then missed on three attempts at 6-7½ (2.02m).

The collegiate record wasn’t the only all-time mark she took from Acuff, as Barrett cleared 6-4¼ at the Arizona-Arizona State-Northern Arizona tri meet to surpass Acuff’s all-time dual meet high jump record of 6-4 (1.93m) set in 1995. That was also Barrett’s winning height at the Stanford Invitational to launch her 2013 outdoor campaign.

Barrett continued her success at the USA Outdoor Championships, where she cleared a personal-best 6-8¼ (2.04m) to win the national title by nearly five inches. Hers is the highest clearance in the world for 2013.

 

Kori Carter, Stanford


Courtesy: GoStanford.com

Year: Junior
Events:
Hurdles
Hometown: Claremont, Calif.

Stanford’s Kori Carter became a hurdling force to be reckoned with not only at the collegiate level but also on the world stage during her 2013 outdoor campaign, winning an NCAA Division I title in the 400 hurdles in collegiate-record style and finishing runner-up nationally in the 100 hurdles — both against some of the best competition the world has to offer.

She finished undefeated in eight races in the 400 hurdles — five of which came against 2012 Olympic Finalist Georganne Moline of Arizona, who finished fifth on the world stage in London — with two of the four fastest times in collegiate history, and lost just once in five finals in the 100 hurdles. The lone loss came in the NCAA final against collegiate record-holder Brianna Rollins of Clemson.

Carter, whose collegiate best in the 400 hurdles had been 57.10 set two seasons ago, finished her 2013 campaign with an NCAA title in an collegiate-record 53.21, surpassing the previous record of 53.54 set by Sheena Johnson of UCLA in 2004 and becoming just the second woman to dip under 54 seconds during the collegiate season.

A testament to how strong her competition was this season, Moline finished an instant later to become the third woman to dip under 54 during the collegiate season in 53.72, a time that would have won 30 of the 32 400 hurdles NCAA finals ever contested. The next day she finished runner-up in the 100 hurdles in a career-best 12.79.

She won Pac-12 titles in both the 400 and 100 hurdles, with her winning time of 54.21 in the former giving her the second-fastest collegiate history at the time, which now ranks No. 4. That victory was part of a series of victories over Moline. She also defeated the 2012 Olympian on her home track at the Jim Click Shootout at Arizona, at the NCAA West Prelims and twice at the NCAA Finals.

A long hurdler without her signature event during the indoor season, Carter was still able to finish 14th in the 60 hurdles at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships and ran a 400 leg of Stanford’s DMR team at the meet.

She has signed professionally with Nike and will not return to Stanford for her senior season.

 

Brianna Rollins, Clemson


Courtesy: ClemsonTigers.com

Year: Junior
Event:
Hurdles
Hometown: Miami, Fla.

Clemson hurdler Brianna Rollins ended her final year at the collegiate ranks — she has signed with Nike and will forego her final year of eligibility — the exact same way she started it: with a collegiate record. The Tiger hurdler set the collegiate record in the indoor 60 hurdles in her very first final of the season and ended her campaign with the 100 hurdles collegiate record outdoors en route to an NCAA Division I title in the event.

In total, Rollins’ season featured NCAA DI titles in both the 60 and 100 hurdles; collegiate records in both events, setting it twice in the span of two days in the NCAA Championships 100 hurdles; five of the ten fastest times in collegiate history in the 60 hurdles; three of the seven fastest 100 hurdles all-conditions time in collegiate history; and an unbeaten streak of 17 races between the two events.

She left no doubt who was the best collegiate sprint hurdler of 2013, running away from the finals field to win in a collegiate record 12.39 (+1.7m/s) by .4 of a second — becoming the first collegiate woman to run faster than 12.40 in any conditions.

The time gives her the second-fastest in American history of any race run on U.S. soil, with Gail Devers’ 12.33 in 2000 the only mark better. In overall American history, Rollins is now the fourth-fastest performer. She is also tied for No. 9 on the IAAF all-time world performers list with two others.

The collegiate record she broke? None other than her own, set two days prior in the semifinals in 12.47 (+1.2m/s) to win by nearly half a second over eventual national runner-up Kori Carter of Stanford, who ended up setting a collegiate record of her own in the 400 hurdles. Rollins’ 12.47 surpassed the 12.48 posted by USC’s Ginnie Powell in 2006.

Her indoor season followed a similar arc to her entire 2013 campaign as a whole, winning the Tiger Challenge 60 hurdles in 7.78 to break Powell’s record of 7.84 from 2006. She did not run slower than 7.96 for the remainder of the season, ending with 7.82q and 7.79 performances to win the NCAA Indoor title in the event, giving her the three fastest times in collegiate history.

Following the collegiate season, Rollins signed with Nike and decided to forego her senior year at Clemson. At the USA Championships in her first competition as a professional, Rollins set the American record in the 100 hurdles in 12.26 (+1.2m/s) to win the American title in the event. She is now tied for the third-fastest in the world in the history of the event with Russia’s Ludmila Engquist, who ran an identical time in 1992. Rollins also ran 12.33Qw (+2.3m/s) and 12.30Qw (+2.8m/s) in the quarter finals and semifinals, respectively.

 

WINNER SELECTION PROCESS

The Bowerman Voters will receive ballots listing each of the finalists and must rank them by first, second and third choice. First-place votes will receive three points, second place will notch two, and third will receive one point. The finalist with the highest point total will be declared the winner.

The Bowerman Voters consist of:

  • The Bowerman Advisory Board (10 members)
  • Select media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators
  • Galen Rupp, 2009 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ashton Eaton, 2010 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ngoni Makusha, 2011 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Cam Levins, 2012 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jenny (Barringer) Simpson, 2009 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Queen Harrison, 2010 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jessica Beard, 2011 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Kimberlyn Duncan, 2012 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Online voting by the public will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)
  • Online voting by USTFCCCA members will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)

Paper balloting will conclude in the coming weeks while online voting will begin on Monday, July 29 and will last until Tuesday, August 13. An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate, and certify final results and will keep the result secret until the envelope is opened in December.

 

THE BOWERMAN PAST FINALISTS & AWARD HISTORY

MEN

2009
Winner: Galen Rupp, Oregon
Finalist: Ashton Eaton, Oregon
Finalist: German Fernandez, Oklahoma State

2010
Winner: Ashton Eaton, Oregon
Finalist: Andrew Wheating, Oregon
Finalist: Ryan Whiting, Arizona State

2011
Winner: Ngoni Makusha, Florida State
Finalist: Jeshua Anderson, Washington State
Finalist: Christian Taylor, Florida

2012
Winner: Cam Levins, Southern Utah
Finalist: Tony McQuay, Florida
Finalist: Andrew Riley, Illinois

WOMEN

2009
Winner: Jenny Barringer, Colorado
Finalist: Destinee Hooker, Texas
Finalist: Porscha Lucas, Texas A&M

2010
Winner: Queen Harrison, Virginia Tech
Finalist: Lisa Koll, Iowa State
Finalist: Blessing Okagbare, UTEP

2011
Winner: Jessica Beard, Texas A&M
Finalist: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
Finalist: Tina Sutej, Arkansas

2012
Winner: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
Finalist: Brigetta Barrett, Arizona
Finalist: Brianne Theisen, Oregon

Combined Genders
Multiple Finalists by School (2009-2013)

Oregon (5): Ashton Eaton (2)*, Galen Rupp*, Brianne Theisen, Andrew Wheating
Arizona (3):
Brigetta Barrett (2), Lawi Lalang
Texas A&M (2): Jessica Beard*, Porscha Lucas
Florida (2): Tony McQuay, Christian Taylor
LSU (2): Kimberlyn Duncan (2)*
* Previous Winner

All-Time Finalists by Conference
(using conference affiliation for seasons in question, change in affiliation is noted by finalists listed. Includes both men and women.)

Pac-12 (10):
OREGON – 5
ARIZONA – 3
ARIZONA STATE – 1
STANFORD
– 1
UCLA – 1
WASHINGTON STATE – 1

Big 12 (6):
TEXAS A&M – 2
COLORADO – 1 (Barringer, 2009)
IOWA STATE – 1
OKLAHOMA STATE – 1
TEXAS – 1

SEC (5):
FLORIDA – 2
LSU – 2
ARKANSAS – 1

ACC (2):
CLEMSON – 1
FLORIDA STATE – 1
VIRGINIA TECH – 1

Big Ten (2):
ILLINOIS – 1
INDIANA – 1

One Each:
Conference USA (UTEP), Summit League (Southern Utah)

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

 

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

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Drouin, Lalang, Wruck Named Men’s Finalists for The Bowerman http://www.thebowerman.org/news/drouin-lalang-wruck-named-mens-finalists-for-the-bowerman http://www.thebowerman.org/news/drouin-lalang-wruck-named-mens-finalists-for-the-bowerman#comments Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:47:57 +0000 kyle http://www.thebowerman.org/?p=777 NEW ORLEANS – A field of 10 deserving male candidates for The Bowerman Trophy — the highest honor given to the most outstanding male and female student-athletes in collegiate track & field — has been narrowed to the final three finalists by the Bowerman Advisory Board, announced Wednesday.

Derek Drouin of Indiana, Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Julian Wruck of UCLA have been selected as the final three men who will attend December’s U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention in Orlando in hopes of being named the most outstanding male collegiate track & field student-athlete of the 2013 season.

Season Review PDFs: Derek Drouin | Lawi Lalang | Julian Wruck

2013 The Bowerman Men’s Finalists Announcement Video


2013 The Bowerman – Men’s Finalists from USTFCCCA on Vimeo.

The women’s finalists will be announced Thursday.

Drouin swept the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles for the second time in his career, Lalang won four NCAA Division I titles at four distances in 2013 with two each at the indoor and outdoor championships, and Wruck claimed the NCAA Division I discus crown after a season that saw him re-write the record books. Further details on each finalists’ seasons can be found below.

With Lalang and Wruck being named finalists, the Pac-12 has now had eight finalists since 2009, most of any conference. However, the conference has not produced a winner since Oregon Ducks Galen Rupp and Ashton Eaton claimed the awards in 2009 and 2010, respectively. Lalang is the first male from Arizona to be named a finalist, while Wruck is the first from UCLA — either male or female — to be selected.

The Pac-12’s two men’s finalists are the most by a league in a single year since the Pac-12 had three finalists in 2010 with Oregon’s Eaton and Andrew Wheating and Arizona State’s Ryan Whiting.

Drouin is the second man from the Big Ten, and the first from Indiana, to be selected as a finalist, joining Andrew Riley of Illinois a year ago.

In the coming weeks, dozens of select media personnel, track & field statisticians, and collegiate administrators will choose the top male and top female as the award winners. In addition, beginning July 29, fans can visit TheBowerman.org to submit their choices as online voting will account for one full vote in the process.

Finalists were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board, a ten-person panel of experts in the sport, based on performances recorded during the indoor and outdoor 2013 track & field seasons. Only performances through the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are used in consideration. Notable competitions and results beyond that point are included in their biographies below, but played no part in the selection process.

The winners will be first announced during a ceremony held in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention. The finalists and their families will be invited to take part in the special event that will be held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla., on December 18.

 

QUICKLY – THE FINALISTS

Derek Drouin, Indiana


Courtesy: IUHoosiers.com

Year: Senior
Event:
High Jump
Hometown: Corunna, Ontario (Canada)

It was a banner year for Indiana high jumper Derek Drouin, as the indoor and outdoor USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year became the first to sweep both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles in one academic year since he did so in 2010. The Canadian won at heights of 7-8 (2.34m) or greater and took cracks at collegiate records at both championships. He finished unbeaten in nine collegiate high jump finals between indoors and outdoors, with his only overall loss coming in a tie with fellow The Bowerman semifinalist and rival Erik Kynard of Kansas State at the Nike Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Meeting, where both posted the No. 2 outdoor mark in collegiate history at 7-8¾ (2.36m).

He won all four high jump finals indoors, three of which came with clearances of 7-6 (2.29m) or greater. Highlighting his indoor campaign was his third career NCAA indoor high jump title without a miss through his first eight heights to a winning mark of 7-8½ (2.35m) to move him up to No. 2 on the all-time collegiate indoor performers list. He narrowly missed on three attempts at 7-9¾ (2.38m). Competing in the heptathlon at the Big Ten Championships, he set the world’s all-time best high jump mark in heptathlon competition with a clearance of 7-6½ (2.30m), going on to finish third in the overall event with 5,817 points. He won the open high jump title the next day at 7-5 (2.26m).

His outdoor campaign saw him go unbeaten in collegiate high jump events and clear heights of 7-6½ (2.30m) or greater in five high jump finals, culminating in his NCAA outdoor title at 7-8 (2.34m), which he cleared on his final attempt to defeat two-time outdoor champ Kynard. His title came one week after both he and Kynard tied for the second-best mark in outdoor collegiate history at 7-8¾ (2.36m) at the Prefontaine Classic. In addition to an outdoor Big Ten title, he won the Penn Relays title with a meet- and facility-record clearance of 7-7¾ (2.33m). All of this came after he claimed a season-opening win over Kynard at the Texas Relays.

Following his outdoor season, Drouin won the Canadian title in the high jump with a clearance of 7-7 (2.31m). He was also named the Big 10 Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year

 

Lawi Lalang, Arizona


Courtesy: ArizonaWildcats.com

Year: Junior
Events:
Middle-Distance, Long Distance
Hometown: Eldoret (Kenya)

Though Arizona junior Lawi Lalang did not compete as frequently as the other Finalists due to the nature of his events, he made every race count with four NCAA Division I individual titles — two indoors and two outdoors — two NCAA DI Indoor Championships records, four all-time collegiate top-10 marks indoors in two different events, and a 2013 collegiate-best in an event he elected not to run at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships.

In terms of championships performances, Lalang became just the second man to win four individual distance titles in one academic year, joining 2009 The Bowerman winner Galen Rupp of Oregon and Suleiman Nyambui of UTEP in both 1980 and 1982. His combination of indoor mile and 3000 meter titles and outdoor 5000 and 10,000 meter titles is a feat never before accomplished by another man in Division I history.

Lalang’s 3:54.74 win in the mile at the DI Indoor Championships bested the 18-year-old record of 3:55.33 set by Kevin Sullivan of Michigan in 1995 and gave him the fourth-fastest indoor mile time in collegiate history. He defeated collegiate record-holder Chris O’Hare and NC State’s Ryan Hill, owner of two all-time collegiate top-ten marks in the mile, to earn the victory. He also took down Colorado’s Adam Goucher’s 1998 NCAA Meet record of 7:46.03 at 3000 meters en route to winning the title in 7:45.94, the tenth-fastest mark in collegiate history. In the process he became the first man since Washington State’s Bernard Lagat in 1999 to win both titles in the same meet.

His indoor season also included a 3:54.56 fifth-place finish in the Millrose Games’ Wanamaker Mile, good for second among collegians to record-holder O’Hare, and a 7:42.79 win at 3000 meters at the Razorback Team Invitational, giving him the third-fastest time in collegiate history in the event.

Lalang’s outdoor campaign culminated with a 13:35.19 NCAA title-winning performance at 5000 meters and another title in 29:29.65 at 10,000 meters. He finished his outdoor campaign undefeated in nine events between 1500, 5000 and 10,000 meters. He won Pac-12 titles at both 1500 meters and 10,000 meters, with his winning 1500 time of 3:38.53 standing as the collegiate leader at the end of the season despite not contesting the event at the NCAA Championships.

Following the collegiate season, Lalang set an all-time, all-dates collegiate best of 13:07.13 over 5000 meters at the Ostrava IAAF Golden Spikes in the Czech Republic to finish third. Among the runners he beat was Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopa, the world record holder at both 5000 and 10,000 meters. Two weeks later he ran a 3:33.20 over 1500 meters to finish fifth overall at the Paris Diamond League Meeting. The time smashes his school record by more than three seconds.

 

Julian Wruck, UCLA

Courtesy: UCLABruins.com

Year: Junior
Event:
Discus
Hometown: Brisbane, Queensland (Australia)

A national contender and 2011 champion in the discus in his days at Texas Tech prior to his transfer to UCLA, junior Julian Wruck had a breakthrough year in a big way in 2013, re-writing the record books en route to his second NCAA title in the discus. He finished the season not only undefeated but nearly untouchable in eight collegiate events in 2013, registering the top 27 throws by any collegian in 2013.

The one meet in which he was given a true challenge was the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, where he ultimately defeated defending champion Chad Wright of Nebraska with a throw of 213-0 (64.94m) after trailing midway through the final three throws.

Though his winning throw was the top mark in the Outdoor Championships since 2000, it paled in comparison to his performance at the exhibition Claremont Throws meet the week prior, where he uncorked the best throw ever by a collegian with a 223-7 (68.16m) mark that would have bested the collegiate record of 221-11 (67.66m) by nearly two feet. He also recorded three other all farther than 220 feet and another at 217-9 (66.38m). The marks will not count in the all-time collegiate rankings due to meet structure and the number of throws taken.

His season was filled with other all-time throws. After debuting with a winning throw of 213-4 (65.04m) at the Texas State Elite, he next recorded marks of 216-7 (66.01m) and 215-10 (65.80m) to win the Texas Relays. The very next week he improved upon his season’s best with a 216-8 (66.05m) mark at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational.

He competed in Australia the following week, where his performance was highlighted by a winning throw of 217-7 (66.32m) and another of 216-5 (65.96m). Back Stateside, he won the UCSD Triton invitational with a throw of 216-3 (65.92m). Two weeks later he began his post-season run with a Pac-12 title and a winning throw of 214-7 (65.41m).

 

WINNER SELECTION PROCESS

The Bowerman Voters will receive ballots listing each of the finalists and must rank them by first, second and third choice. First-place votes will receive three points, second place will notch two, and third will receive one point. The finalist with the highest point total will be declared the winner.

The Bowerman Voters consist of:

  • The Bowerman Advisory Board (10 members)
  • Select media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators
  • Galen Rupp, 2009 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ashton Eaton, 2010 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ngoni Makusha, 2011 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Cam Levins, 2012 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jenny (Barringer) Simpson, 2009 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Queen Harrison, 2010 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jessica Beard, 2011 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Kimberlyn Duncan, 2012 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Online voting by the public will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)
  • Online voting by USTFCCCA members will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)

Paper balloting will conclude in the coming weeks while online voting will begin on Monday, July 29 and will last until Tuesday, August 13. An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate, and certify final results and will keep the result secret until the envelope is opened in December.

 

THE BOWERMAN PAST FINALISTS & AWARD HISTORY

MEN

2009
Winner: Galen Rupp, Oregon
Finalist: Ashton Eaton, Oregon
Finalist: German Fernandez, Oklahoma State

2010
Winner: Ashton Eaton, Oregon
Finalist: Andrew Wheating, Oregon
Finalist: Ryan Whiting, Arizona State

2011
Winner: Ngoni Makusha, Florida State
Finalist: Jeshua Anderson, Washington State
Finalist: Christian Taylor, Florida

2012
Winner: Cam Levins, Southern Utah
Finalist: Tony McQuay, Florida
Finalist: Andrew Riley, Illinois

WOMEN

2009
Winner: Jenny Barringer, Colorado
Finalist: Destinee Hooker, Texas
Finalist: Porscha Lucas, Texas A&M

2010
Winner: Queen Harrison, Virginia Tech
Finalist: Lisa Koll, Iowa State
Finalist: Blessing Okagbare, UTEP

2011
Winner: Jessica Beard, Texas A&M
Finalist: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
Finalist: Tina Sutej, Arkansas

2012
Winner: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
Finalist: Brigetta Barrett, Arizona
Finalist: Brianne Theisen, Oregon

Combined Genders
Multiple Finalists by School (2009-2013)

(Does not include 2013 women’s finalists)

Oregon (5): Ashton Eaton (2)*, Galen Rupp*, Brianne Theisen, Andrew Wheating
Arizona (2):
Brigetta Barrett, Lawi Lalang
Texas A&M (2): Jessica Beard*, Porscha Lucas
Florida (2): Tony McQuay, Christian Taylor
LSU (2): Kimberlyn Duncan (2)*
* Previous Winner

All-Time Finalists by Conference
(using conference affiliation for seasons in question, change in affiliation is noted by finalists listed. Includes both men and women.)

Pac-12 (10):
OREGON – 5
ARIZONA – 2
ARIZONA STATE – 1
UCLA – 1
WASHINGTON STATE – 1

Big 12 (6):
TEXAS A&M – 2
COLORADO – 1 (Barringer, 2009)
IOWA STATE – 1
OKLAHOMA STATE – 1
TEXAS – 1

SEC (5):
FLORIDA – 2
LSU – 2
ARKANSAS – 1

ACC (2):
FLORIDA STATE – 1
VIRGINIA TECH – 1

Big Ten (2):
ILLINOIS – 1
INDIANA – 1

One Each:
Conference USA (UTEP), Summit League (Southern Utah)

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

 

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

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Women’s The Bowerman Semifinalists Announced http://www.thebowerman.org/news/womens-the-bowerman-semifinalists-announced http://www.thebowerman.org/news/womens-the-bowerman-semifinalists-announced#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:35:43 +0000 kyle http://www.thebowerman.org/?p=762 NEW ORLEANS – Seemingly no collegiate record was safe in Eugene, Ore., at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships more than a week ago. Leading the charge? None other than the members of the semifinalists list for The Bowerman, which was released by the Bowerman Watch List Committee Tuesday.

These final ten women up for consideration to win the sport’s most prestigious award combined for three collegiate records; an all-time, all-conditions collegiate best; and two other near-misses at collegiate records — not to mention 10 individual event titles between them.

Clemson’s Brianna Rollins and Stanford’s Kori Carter both left Eugene with their names next to the collegiate records in the 100 and 400 hurdles, respectively, while reigning The Bowerman winner Kimberlyn Duncan tied the all-time, all-conditions mark at 200 meters in her historic three-peat win. Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett and Oklahoma’s Tia Brooks also neared the collegiate records in their respective events: the high jump and shot put.

Joining those five on the list of semifinalists are Colorado’s Emma Coburn, Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino, Oregon’s English Gardner, Iowa State’s Betsy Saina, and Illinois’ Ashley Spencer.

From that group of ten, the three finalists will be announced July 10. Voting for the final winner — including an online fan vote — will take place from late July to mid-August. The ultimate winner will be revealed at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention in December.

Two of the collegiate records came courtesy of Rollins, who in two races broke the existing record in the 100 hurdles twice in the span of about 48 hours. It was a great weekend for collegiate hurdlers, as Rollins’ records on Thursday and Saturday bookended Friday’s 400 hurdles collegiate record set by Carter, who also finished runner-up to Rollins in both of her historic 100 hurdles races.

Later Saturday afternoon following Rollins’ performance, Duncan tied the fastest all-conditions time at 200 meters of any collegian all-time, though she did so with the aid of a favorable wind.

After a collegiate season in which they were the only two members of the Watch List to appear in every edition, Duncan and Barrett become just the second and third three-time semifinalists for the award, joining Oregon’s Brianne Theisen.

Making their second straight appearances as semifinalists are Brooks, Gardner and Spencer, while Coburn appears for the second time in her career dating back to 2011. For Gardner, she brings Oregon’s total all-time semifinalist count to six, most among women’s programs. In addition to Theisen’s three appearances, Jordan Hasay also made the semifinalist list in 2011.

Carter, Rollins and D’Agostino are all first-time semifinalists. D’Agostino’s presence among the semifinalists marks the first appearance by an Ivy League student-athlete in the final 10 candidates.

THE BOWERMAN WOMEN’S SEMIFINALISTS

(Updated June 18, 2013. Listed in alphabetical order by last name.)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Brigetta Barrett SR Arizona High Jump Wappingers Falls, N.Y.
Tia Brooks RS SR Oklahoma Throws Grand Rapids, Mich.
Kori Carter JR Stanford Hurdles Claremont, Calif.
Emma Coburn SR Colorado Distance Crested Butte, Colo.
Abbey D’Agostino JR Dartmouth Distance Topsfield, Mass.
Kimberlyn Duncan SR LSU Sprints Katy, Texas
English Gardner JR Oregon Sprints Voorhees, N.J.
Brianna Rollins RS JR Clemson Hurdles Miami, Fla.
Betsy Saina RS SR Iowa State Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Ashley Spencer SO Illinois Sprints Indianapolis, Ind.

 

QUICKLY – THE SEMIFINALISTS

Brigetta Barrett, Arizona


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NCAA Championships: Is ranked No. 2 in the world in the high jump. Has won 30 of 31 high jump events – indoors and outdoors – against collegians dating back to the beginning of the 2012 indoor season and 25 straight. Owns four of the top 11 winning in-season clearances in collegiate history, two of which were set this season. Did not miss through first five heights to clinch the NCAA outdoor high jump title, and cleared 6-4¾ (1.95m) on her third attempt at the height for her final winning mark. Made three attempts at an in-season collegiate record 6-6¾ (2.00m) that would have broken her own in-season collegiate record.

This Season: Advanced as the top qualifier from the West Prelims with three clearances through 5-10½ (1.79m). Finished third at the NYC Adidas Grand Prix Diamond League Meeting the following day with a height of 6-3¼ (1.91m). Broke the in-season collegiate high jump mark with a Pac-12 championship-winning clearance of 6-6¼ (1.99m), breaking the record of 6-6 (1.98m)  held by UCLA’s Amy Acuff and SMU’s Kajsa Bergqvist. Did not miss a height through her first 14 heights, passing at four others, before clearing the collegiate record on her third attempt. Won the high jump at the Arizona-Arizona State-Northern Arizona double dual meet with a clearance of 6-4¼ (1.94m), tying Amy Acuff’s (UCLA) 1995 dual meet record. Won the Mt. SAC Relays high jump at 6-2¼ (1.89m). Her 6-4¼ clearance, which she also achieved earlier in the outdoor season, is the No. 2 mark in the world outdoors in 2013. Won the Stanford Invitational high jump with a clearance of 6-4¼ (1.94m) in her only outdoor high jump of 2013. Won the NCAA Indoor high jump with a collegiate-leading 6-4¾ (1.95m) with only one miss through seven heights. Missed three attempts at the collegiate record at 6-6¼ (1.99m). Cleared a then-collegiate-leading 6-3¼ (1.91m) in her season debut at the Razorback Invitational. Won the MPSF high jump title with a clearance of 6-2 (1.88m). Finished runner-up in the Millrose Games high jump at 6-1½ (1.87m).

Tia Brooks, Oklahoma


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NCAA Championships: Is No. 7 in the world in the shot put. Has won 14 consecutive shot put finals dating back to the 2012 Drake Relays, including 11 straight between the 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons, and owns the top 14 collegiate throws of the outdoor season. Also  Completed the sweep of the indoor/outdoor shot put titles for 2013 with a winning throw of 62-½ (18.91m) giving her the win by nearly 2½ feet, though she could have won win any of her four legal throws. Has now recorded three throws within four inches of the outdoor collegiate record, and five of the ten best in-season collegiate throws all-time.

This Season: Claimed the top qualifying spot at the NCAA finals shot put competition with two of the top three throws in outdoor collegiate history and three of the top 10. Her top throw of 62-2½ (18.96m) is the No. 2 mark all-time, just ahead of her 62-2¼ (18.95m) attempt earlier in the series. Claimed a Big 12 shot put title and a title at the Drake Relays. Won her 2013 outdoor debut at the Sun Angel Classic shot put with a mark of 61-5½ (18.73m), the No. 6 outdoor mark in collegiate history, and recorded the No. 8 (61-2/18.64m) and 9 (61-0/18.59m) marks in the same meet. Broke the collegiate shot put record with a mark of 63-¾ (19.22m) en route to win the NCAA Indoor shot put title. Became the first woman in collegiate history to surpass 63 feet. She bested Laura Gerraughty of North Carolina’s 2004 record of 62-10 (19.15m). With another mark of 62-2½ (18.96m) at the NCAA meet, she now owns three of the five best throws in collegiate history. Has won 12 of 13 shot put events dating back to the 2012 indoor season.

Kori Carter, Stanford


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NCAA Championships: Is the world leader in the 400 hurdles and No. 8 in the 100 hurdles. Is undefeated in four finals in the 400 hurdles in 2013, and 4-1 in finals in the 100 hurdles. Broke the in-season collegiate record in the 400 hurdles en route to an NCAA title in 53.21 to defeat rival and 2012 Olympic Finalist Georganne Moline of Arizona (53.72) in the first collegiate race to feature two sub-54 runners. Became just the second woman to dip under 54 seconds during the collegiate season. Also won her semifinal heat over Moline in 54.67Q. Finished runner-up in the 100 hurdles in 12.79 (+1.7m/s).

This Season: Advanced from the West Prelims as the top national qualifier for the NCAA Finals in the 400 hurdles with a 54.50 — giving her the nation’s two fastest collegiate times of the season. Also qualified 10th nationally in the 100 hurdles at 13.16 (+0.1m/s). Defeated Moline of Arizona for the Pac-12 Championships crown with a winning time of 54.21 to Moline’s 54.54. Moved to No. 2 on the all-time in-season collegiate list in the 400 hurdles by running the fastest in-season time since the Sheena Johnson of UCLA ran a record 53.54 in 2004. Also won the Pac-12 100 hurdles title in 12.76 (+0.1m/s), giving her the second-fastest qualifying time in Division I. Defeated Moline of Arizona in her first 400 hurdles race of the 2013 outdoor season, running a 2½ second personal best 54.71 to Moline’s 54.98. Won the 100 hurdles at the Stanford Invitational in 13.28. Won the MPSF Championship at 200 meters during the indoor season and qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 60 hurdles.

Emma Coburn, Colorado


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NCAA Championships: Ranked No. 10 in the world in the 3000 steeplechase. Won her second title in the 3000 steeplechase since 2011 — with a redshirted 2012 in between — in 9:35.38. Now owns the third- and fifth-fastest in-season steeple times in collegiate history. Ran the fastest semifinals time in 9:46.76. has not been defeated by a collegian in six events in 2013 between the mile, 1500 meters and the steeplechase.

This Season: Was the top NCAA Finals qualifier from the West Prelims in the 3000 steeplechase at 9:55.20. Finished eighth at 1500 meters at the Oxy High Performance Distance Classic in 4:06.87, placing her fifth all-time in collegiate history. Won the steeplechase at the Pac-12 Championships in a meet-record 9:55.67. Became the second collegiate woman under 9:30 in the 3000 steeplechase during a college season with a world-leading 9:28.26 win at the Payton Jordan Invitational — the third-fastest in-season performance in collegiate history. Joins former Bowerman winner Jenny Barringer (Simpson) as the only other woman to go sub-9:30 during the college season. Ran a 4:11.36 over 1500 meters at the Drake Relays 48 hours earlier, good for fifth among collegians this season. Last appeared on the post-indoor Watch List in mid-March. Became just the second collegiate woman to run two sub-4:30.00 indoor miles. Won the NCAA Indoor mile title in 4:29.91, the seventh-fastest time in indoor collegiate history.  In her only other race this indoor season, she finished fourth and first among collegians in the Millrose Games’ Wanamaker Mile in 4:29.86, making her the fifth-fastest collegiate performer in the indoor mile all-time.

Abbey D’Agostino, Dartmouth


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NCAA Championships: Has won or been the top collegian in 17 of her last 18 individual event finals, ranging from the 1000 to the 5000, dating back to the 2012 Mt. SAC Relays. Defended her outdoor NCAA title at 5000 meters with a 15:43.68 win powered by a strong surge on the final lap. Has now won the last three NCAA 5000 meters titles between 2012 outdoor, 2013 indoor and 2013 outdoor, making her just the seventh woman to win the indoor/outdoor 5000 in the same academic year and the fifth to win back-to-back outdoor titles (first since Lauren Fleshman of Stanford from 2001-03).

This Season: . Claimed Ivy League titles at 1500 meters in 4:11.94 and 3000 meters in 9:21.79, and ran a leg of the third-place 4×800 relay. Won the 800 in 2:08.11 at the New Balance Boston Twilight Meet. Won the Mt. SAC Relays 5000 in 15:11.35 in her 2013 outdoor debut, making her the No. 3 in-season collegiate performer of all time and the second-fastest in the world outdoors in 2013.  Completed just the third 3000/5000 meters double NCAA Indoor Championship by a woman in the history of the meet, and became the first American woman to do so. Won both events by more than five seconds, running an indoor career-best and world-leading 15:28.11 at 5000 meters and 9:01.08 at 3000 meters. Finished the season ranked with the fastest time at 3000 meters, No. 2 in the mile (4:30.03), No. 3 at 5000 meters and No. 4 at 1000 meters (2:45.42.) Claimed Ivy League Indoor titles in the mile and at 5000 meters.

Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU


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NCAA Championships: Is No. 2 in the world at 200 meters Has won 24 of her past 25 finals at 200 meters against collegians. Ran the fastest all-conditions time in the world to win her third-straight outdoor NCAA 200 meters title in 22.04w (+3.5m/s), also tying her for the fastest collegiate mark of all-time under any conditions with Dawn Sowell of LSU in 1989. Won her semifinal heat in 22.15Qw (+2.7m/s), which now stands as the sixth-fastest collegiate time under any conditions. Has now won three straight titles at 200 meters both indoors and out, a feat never before accomplished in NCAA history by either a male or female. Finished third in the 100 meters final in 11.08 (+0.9m/s), and won her semifinal heat in 11.02Qw (+2.3m/s). Also ran a leg of the sixth-place 4×100 team.

This Season: Ran an 11.05w (+3.9m/s) to tie Aurieyall Scott of UCF with the fastest qualifying time to the NCAA Finals. Won her quarterfinal heat and ran the third-fastest 200 in the East Prelims at 22.97 (+0.7m/s) to qualify third from the East and sixth overall. Also ran a leg of the top-qualifying 4×100 relay from the East Prelim. Ran a collegiate-leading 22.35 (+1.3m/s) en route to an SEC 200 meters title. Also won the 100 meters SEC title in 11.32 (+0.4m/s) after running an 11.28w (+2.2m/s) in the prelims.
 Won the 200 at the LSU Battle on the Bayou in 22.82 (-0.4m/s). Won the 100 at the LSU Alumni Gold Open in 11.18 (+1.8m/s). Ran a leg of the winning sprint medley relay at the Penn Relays, winning by two seconds with a time of 3:44.26. Ranked No. 2 at 100 meters (11.06w at Texas Relays win). Won an NCAA Indoor title at 200 meters in 22.58, the ninth-fastest time in collegiate history, becoming the first sprinter – male or female – to win three straight NCAA titles indoors. Reclaimed 2013’s fastest collegiate time at 200 meters with her SEC Championship-winning 22.54, placing her fifth on the all-time indoor collegiate performers list and giving her the sixth-fastest time in indoor college history. Unbeaten in finals at 60 meters this season with an SEC Championship and the nation’s second-fastest time at 7.16.

English Gardner, Oregon


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NCAA Championships: Is No. 3 in the world at 100 meters. Defended her title at 100 meters in 10.96 (+0.9m/s) to give her the fourth-fastest in-season time in collegiate history. In defending her title became just the fifth woman to claim consecutive titles at 100 meters, and the first since Angela Williams of USC won four straight from 1999-2002. Has only lost once in 15 career finals between the indoor 60 and outdoor 100. Also ran a leg of the fourth-place 4×100 team.

This Season: Was the top qualifier from the West Prelims at 100 meters in 11.42 (-0.8m/s) in the quarterfinals and 11.08w (+3.0m/s) in the first round. Also qualified at 200 meters at 23.34 (+0.8m/s) and as a member of the Ducks’ 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Won the 200 meter title at the Pac-12 Championships in 22.62 (+1.1m/s) and ran a leg of the Pac-12 Championship-winning 4×100 relay team. Won the elite section of the 100 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays in a world-leading 11.00 (+1.8m/s), making her the No. 6 in-season collegiate performer all-time. Ran a leg of the winning 4×400 relay team at the Penn Relays that set the Relays record with a 3:26.73, placing the team No. 10 all-time on the collegiate list. Finished runner-up at 200 meters in 23.32 (-2.1m/s) at the Oregon Pepsi Invitational. Finished runner-up at 60  meters (7.15) at the NCAA Indoor Championships and ran a leg of the 4×400 relay that clinched an Oregon team championship from the first heat. Won the Millrose Games 60 in 7.19, defeating three Olympians in her season debut in the event. Claimed the MPSF title at 60 meters in 7.24, and ran a leg of the Ducks’ victorious 4×400 relay team.

Brianna Rollins, Clemson


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NCAA Championships: Is the world leader in the 100 hurdles, holding the world’s top two times. Broke the 100 hurdles collegiate record twice in the span of 48 hours en route to an NCAA title. Won the finals in 12.39 (1.7m/s) by .4 of a second to claim her first NCAA outdoor title and surpass her own in-season collegiate record 12.47q set two days prior. Moved into a tie for No. 9 on the all-time IAAF performers list in the event, based on career-best times. Two days earlier broke Ginnie Powell of USC’s 2006 mark of 12.48 with a 12.47q (1.2m/s) to set the in-season collegiate record. Became the fourth-fastest woman in American history, and her time of 12.39 is the second-fastest by an American on US soil, trailing only Gail Devers’ 12.33 in 2000. Now owns three of the seven fastest times under all conditions in collegiate history, and collegiate records in both the 60 hurdles and 100 hurdles. Also ran a leg of the third-place 4×100 team. Finished 2013 undefeated in nine races in the 100 hurdles and eight in the 60  hurdles.

This Season: Ran the fastest time in the 100 hurdles of either the East or West Prelims, qualifying to the NCAA Finals with a quarterfinals time of 12.72 (+0.5m/s) and a first-round time of 12.72w (+2.3m/s). Also qualified as a member of Clemson’s 4×100 relay team. Became the sixth-fastest in-season collegiate performer in the 100 hurdles by running a 12.68 into a 1.5m/s headwind at the Georgia Tech Invitational. Won individual ACC titles in the 100 hurdles in 12.87 (-1.4m/s) and at 200 meters in 23.04 (+0.2m/s). Her 100 hurdles performance is the fastest wind-legal time among collegians this season, and ranks No. 5 in the world among wind-legal times. Ran the fastest collegiate 100 hurdles time of 2013 with a 12.54 (+2.1m/s) at the Texas Relays, the fifth-fastest all-conditions collegiate performance of all time and at the time the world-leader. Owns five of the top 10 times in collegiate history in the 60 hurdles and the three fastest times in the world this season, including the collegiate record of 7.78. Won an NCAA Indoor title in the 60 hurdles with a 7.79 in the finals, giving her the second-fastest time in collegiate history, and qualified with a time of 7.82, giving her the third-fastest time in collegiate history. Broke the all-time collegiate record in the 60 hurdles in her season debut, scorching to a 7.78 and becoming the first collegiate woman to dip under 7.80. Beat the previous record of 7.84 held by USC’s Virginia Powell since 2006. Owns seven of the eight fastest times in the nation this season. Claimed the ACC title in the 60 hurdles by nearly a quarter of a second with a 7.90 in the finals.

Betsy Saina, Iowa State


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NCAA Championships: Won an NCAA outdoor title at 10,000 meters in 33:08.85 by nearly six seconds over runner-up Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolton of Wichita State. Turned in a strong last couple laps to finish runner-up at 5000 meters in 15:50.26, edging out Jordan Hasay of Oregon by half a second for the No. 2 spot.

This Season: Qualified for the NCAA Finals as the top qualifier at 10,000 meters in 34:52.34 and as the fifth-fastest qualifier from the West Prelims at 5000 meters in 16:07.18. Won the 5000 at the Big 12 Championships in 15:41.64 by more than half a minute. Won the Payton Jordan Invitational 10,000 meters in 31:37.22, giving her the second-fastest time in the world for 2013 and the No. 3 in-season time in collegiate history. Made her 2013 outdoor debut with a 15:12.05 5000 meters win at the Stanford Invitational, which was at the time the fourth fastest in-season performance in collegiate history (now fifth), and stands as the third-fastest in the world for 2013. Last appeared on the Watch List in March prior to the NCAA Indoor Championships. Finished runner-up over 5000 meters at the NCAA indoor championships (15:33.66) and fourth at 3000 meters (9:07.34). Ran a collegiate-leading 15:21.66 over 5000 meters at the Iowa State Classic – the fifth-fastest all-conditions time in indoor collegiate history (oversized track). Claimed Big 12 individual titles in the mile, 3000 and 5000.

Ashley Spencer, Illinois


Courtesy: FightingIllini.com

NCAA Championships: Is ranked No. 5 in the world at 400 meters. Defended her NCAA outdoor title at 400 meters in 50.28, giving her the fifth-fastest in-season time in collegiate history and the fastest of 2013. Won her semifinal heat in 51.61Q, giving her the third-fastest qualifying time of the day. Her heat ended up producing the overall winner and third- and fourth-place finishers. Ran a leg of the fifth-place 4×400 team.

This Season: Became the collegiate leader at 400 meters with a 50.88 at the West prelims, making her the only sub-51 collegiate sprinter this season. Also qualified as a member of Illinois’ 4×400 relay team. Finished third at the NCAA indoor championships at 400 meters after winning her heat in in 52.17 and had the second-fastest prelims time at 51.55Q, again winning her heat. Won Big Ten titles outdoors at 200 and 400 meters and as a member of the 4×400 relay, and indoors in those same events. In just her second race in the 400 hurdles early in the outdoor season she posted what still stands as the seventh-fastest time among collegians in 2013 at 56.32.

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

 

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

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Men’s Semifinalists Announced for The Bowerman http://www.thebowerman.org/news/mens-semifinalists-announced-for-the-bowerman http://www.thebowerman.org/news/mens-semifinalists-announced-for-the-bowerman#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:37:11 +0000 kyle http://www.thebowerman.org/?p=757 NEW ORLEANS – With the book on the collegiate track & field season now closed after an exciting conclusion in the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, The Bowerman Watch List Committee announced Monday the 10 men’s semifinalists for The Bowerman.

Seven student-athletes from the final Watch List of the regular season remain on the list, while Championships performances boosted a trio into the midst of the ten who will be considered for selection as a finalist to attend the award ceremony at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) convention in December.

The three finalists will be announced July 10. Voting for the final winner — including an online fan vote — will take place from late July to mid-August. Women’s semifinalists will be announced Tuesday, June 18.

Wayne Davis II of Texas A&M, Sam Kendricks of Ole Miss and Charles Silmon of TCU each claimed NCAA titles in Eugene to vault them into contention. They join Derek Drouin of Indiana, Johannes Hock of Texas, Sam Humphreys of Texas A&M, Erik Kynard of Kansas State, Lawi Lalang of Arizona, Bryshon Nellum of USC and Julian Wruck of UCLA.

Those ten combined for 10 titles at the Championships, including a 5000/10,000 double by Lalang. Kynard was the only one in the group to not claim a crown, edged out by arch-rival Drouin in the high jump in an exciting final chapter to the two jumpers’ collegiate rivalry, which will no doubt not be the end of the story for those two.

Lalang, Drouin and Kynard have been Watch List mainstays in 2013, having been included in each edition leading up to this list of semifinalists. For Kynard it is his second appearance as a semifinalist in a row dating back to the 2012 award, making him just the fifth two-time semifinalist. He joins Sam Chelanga of Liberty, Alabama’s Kirani James, Maurice Mitchell of Florida State and Christian Taylor of Florida on that list.

Five is a recurring theme, because with Davis II and Humphreys, Texas A&M is just the fifth team to have two semifinalists in the same year. Oregon and Florida both accomplished the feat in 2010, and Florida did it again the next year along with in-state rival Florida State.

Student-athletes who attended high school in California have now accounted for four semifinalists in award history, most of any state in the nation. The latest addition is Nellum, who joins Washington State’s Jeshua Anderson, Washington’s Scott Roth and Charles Jock of UC-Irvine.

Speaking of hometowns: Corunna, Ontario, native Drouin is the second Canadian man to be named a semifinalist, and will look to keep the streak of Canadians claiming The Bowerman alive as Cam Levins of Southern Utah was the winner a year ago.

The Bowerman Men’s Semifinalists

(Updated June 17, 2013. Listed in alphabetical order by last name.)

NAME YEAR SCHOOL EVENTS HOMETOWN
Wayne Davis II JR Texas A&M Hurdles Raleigh, N.C.
Derek Drouin RS SR Indiana Jumps/Cmb. Events Corunna, Ontario
Johannes Hock FR Texas Combined Events Cologne, Germany
Sam Humphreys SR Texas A&M Throws Laredo, Texas
Sam Kendricks SO Mississippi Pole Vault Oxford, Miss.
Erik Kynard SR Kansas State High Jump Toledo, Ohio
Lawi Lalang JR Arizona Distance Eldoret, Kenya
Bryshon Nellum RS SR Southern California Sprints Los Angeles, Calif.
Charles Silmon SR TCU Sprints Waco, Texas
Julian Wruck RS JR UCLA Throws Brisbane, Australia

 

QUICKLY – THE SEMIFINALISTS

Wayne Davis II, Texas A&M


Courtesy: AggieAthletics.com

NCAA Championships: Won the NCAA Outdoor title in the 110 hurdles in 13.14w (+3.8m/s) to defeat runner-up Eddie Lovett of Florida by .18 of a second, giving him the sixth-fastest all-conditions time in collegiate history. Ran a 13.25Qw (+3.0m/s) in the prelims to qualify as the second-fastest into the finals. His time is the fourth-fastest all-conditions time of 2013 in the world.

This Season: Went 4-1 in 110 hurdles finals outdoors. Won the Penn Relays 110 hurdles championship in 13.67 (-0.3m/s). Won the SEC title in the 110 hurdles with a 13.46 (-2.1m/s) effort in the finals after running a 13.45Q (+1.3m/s) in the prelims. Ran the top time from either NCAA Prelim site at 13.27w (2.1m/s). Finished runner-up indoors at the NCAA Championships in the 60 hurdles in 7.59.

 

Derek Drouin, Indiana


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NCAA Championships: Is currently tied for No. 2 in the world in the high jump. Won his second outdoor NCAA high jump title of his career and swept the 2012 NCAA titles with a winning clearance of 7-8 (2.34m) after a final attempt clearance to defeat two-time champion Erik Kynard of Kansas State. Made three attempts at a collegiate-record 7-10 (2.39m), but was unsuccessful. Finished third at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Meeting the week prior with a clearance of 7-8¾ (2.36m), giving him a share of the No. 2 spot on the all-time in-season collegiate list.

This Season: Won the Big Ten high jump title with a clearance of 7-4¼ (2.24m), giving him four conference crowns outdoors and three more indoors for a career total of seven. Set the Penn Relays and Franklin Field records with a clearance of 7-7¾ (2.33m) at the Penn Relays. Won the high jump at the Polytan Invitational with a clearance of 7-7 (2.31m). Won the Texas Relays high jump with a collegiate-leading clearance of 7-6½ (2.30m) in his outdoor debut. Earned 2013 DI National Indoor Field Athlete of the Year honors. Won the NCAA Indoor title in the high jump with a No. 2 all-time collegiate mark and Canadian record of 7-8½ (2.35m) without missing through seven heights. Nearly cleared but missed on three attempts at a collegiate-record 7-9¾ (2.38m) at the Indoor Championships. Cleared a then-nation-leading 7-7¼ (2.32m) in the high jump at the Hoosier Hills Open, good for the tenth-best clearance in collegiate history. Set the all-time world-best in the heptathlon high jump with a clearance of 7-6½ (2.30m). Won the Big Ten title in the high jump with a mark of 7-5 (2.26m) and finished third in the heptathlon (5,817) with the eighth-best collegiate score this season. Has won his past seven indoor high jump events against collegians dating back to the 2011-12 season.

 

Johannes Hock, Texas


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NCAA Championships: Is currently No. 7 in the world in the decathlon. Won the NCAA decathlon title with a score of 8267 in a field that featured six 8000+ scorers — the deepest decathlon field in NCAA Championships history. Won the discus component, finished runner-up in the shot put, and fourth in both the 100 and the long jump en route to becoming just the second student-athlete to win an NCAA decathlon title as a freshman, joining Tito Steiner of BYU in 1977.

This Season: Won the Big 12 Championships decathlon in his first collegiate decathlon competition with a score of 8,293, giving him the seventh-best score in collegiate history and making him the sixth-best individual performer. Won six of the ten components — shot put, discus, long jump, pole vault, 100 meters and 400 meters — and finished in the top three in all but the 1500. Finished sixth in the NCAA indoor heptathlon with a score of 5,873 and claimed the indoor Big 12 heptathlon title with a score of 5,858.

 

Sam Humphreys, Texas A&M


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NCAA Championships: Won the NCAA title in the javelin by defeating two-time defending champion Tim Glover of Illinois State by more than eight feet with a throw of 255-9 (77.95m). Four of his six throws would have given him the title, including three farther than 77 meters (252-7).

This Season: Became the No. 7 performer in collegiate history in the javelin with a mark of 268-8 (81.90m) at the West Prelims that makes him the top qualifier for the NCAA Finals. Owns the top five throws of the 2013 collegiate season. Has been the collegiate-leader all season after throwing a season-opening 267-1 (81.40m) at the Baldy Castillo Invitational that placed him No. 10 on the all-time collegiate list. Is undefeated in six javelin finals this season, including wins at the Texas Relays (257-9/78.57m) and the SEC Championships (257-1/78.36m).

 

Sam Kendricks, Ole Miss


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NCAA Championships: Is currently the world No. 7 in the pole vault. Won the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a first-attempt clearance at 18-8¼ (5.70m) to defeat defending champion Jack Whitt of Oral Roberts. Cleared seven heights in nine attempts, and passed on one other height.

This Season: Made the eighth-highest in-season clearance in collegiate history when he jumped 19-¾ (5.81m) at the Texas Relays, becoming the fifth-best in-season performer in collegiate history and the eighth collegian to surpass 19 feet during the collegiate season. Finished third at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships.

 

Erik Kynard, Kansas State


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NCAA Championships: Is currently tied for No. 2 in the world in the high jump. Finished runner-up in the NCAA Outdoor Championships high jump with a clearance of 7-7 (2.31m). Did not miss through his first six heights prior to being unable to advance past 7-8 (2.34m). Cleared the second-best in-season height in collegiate history the week prior at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Meeting with a jump of 7-8¾ (2.36m) to finish runner-up.

This Season: Won the Big 12 high jump title with a clearance of 7-6½ (2.30m), his third-straight title outdoors to add to three indoor Big 12 titles. Jumped 7-5 (2.26m) to win the Ward Haylett Invitational. Tied his career-best with a clearance of 7-8 (2.34m) in a win at the Mt. SAC Relays over former world champion Jesse Williams and Canada’s Michael Mason. Finished runner-up to Drouin at the Texas Relays high jump with a clearance of 7-5¼ (2.27m). Finished third on misses at the NCAA Indoor high jump with a mark of 7-6 (2.29m). Posted a then-collegiate-leading mark of 7-7¾ (2.33m) at the KSU Open, tying his indoor career-best and No. 3 all-time collegiate mark. Has won eight of his ten events this season and 27 of his past 231 event finals – indoors and outdoors – against collegians dating back to the 2010-11 season. Claimed the 2013 Big 12 high jump individual title with a mark of 7-7 (2.31m), defeating the field by more than five inches. Has cleared heights of 7-6 or higher in seven of his 11 collegiate finals this season.

 

Lawi Lalang, Arizona


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NCAA Championships: Won his third and fourth NCAA titles this year — dating back to two during the indoor season — with outdoor championships at both 5000 and 10,000 meters in convincing fashion at the Division I Outdoor Championships. Won the 10,000 title by nearly 12 seconds with a time of 29:29.65, and defeated two of the top-10 in-season collegiate 5k runners (Northern Arizona’s Diego Estrada and Northeastern’s Eric Jenkins) in winning by five seconds in 13:35.19. Became the third man in Division I history to win four distance event titles in an academic year, joining 2009 The Bowerman Winner Galen Rupp of Oregon and Suleiman Nyambui of UTEP in both 1980 and 1982.

This Season: Was the top qualifier to the NCAA Finals at 5000 meters after running 13:41.87 at the West Prelims. Was the No. 3 qualifier and top qualifier from the West at 10,000 meters at 29:54.66. Ran a collegiate-leading 3:38.53 to win the Pac-12 1500 title, and a 28:14.63 to win the 10,000 meters title in his event debut. Ranked No. 2 in the country at 10,000 meters. Also ran a 3:41.87 in the prelims of the Pac-12 1500 meters competition. Debuted (2013 outdoor) at the Arizona-Arizona State-Northern Arizona double dual with wins at 1500 meters in 3:41.52 and at 5000 in 13:40.85 by over a minute.  Earned 2013 DI National Indoor Track Athlete of the Year honors. Completed an NCAA Indoor double championship in the mile and at 3000 meters, both of which were in meet-record fashion: 3:54.74 for the mile and 7:45.94 at 3000 meters. First to complete this double since Bernard Lagat of Washington State in 1999. Ran the third-fastest indoor mile in collegiate history when he finished fifth overall and second among collegians at the Millrose Games with a 3:54.56. Became the third-fastest performer in the 3000 in collegiate history when he clocked a solo 7:42.79 at the Razorback Invitational to win by 15 seconds over the then-No. 2 performer in DI.

 

Bryshon Nellum, USC


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NCAA Championships: Is No. 4 in the world at 400 meters. Won the NCAA outdoor title at 400 meters in a 2013 collegiate-best 44.73 after winning his semifinal heat in 45.42. Finished third at 200 meters in 20.27w (+2.6m/s) after running the fastest all-conditions 200 by a collegian in 2013 of 19.99w (+3.2m/s) in the semifinals. His 19.99w gives him the third-fastest all-conditions time in the world for 2013.

This Season: Qualified for the NCAA Finals 400 with the fourth-fastest time in the West at 45.97 in winning his quarterfinal heat, and is the fourth-fastest qualifier overall based on Prelims times. Also qualified tenth nationally and fifth in the West at 200 meters in 20.58 (+0.6m/s). Ran a then-collegiate-leading 44.76 at 400 meters and then the second-fastest 200 in the country at 20.23 (+1.5m/s) to claim Pac-12 titles in both events. Both marks were Pac-12 Championships records, and his 400 mark is No. 3 in the world. He is the only collegian to run faster than 45.00 at 400 meters this season. Won both the 200 and 400 at the UCLA/USC dual meet, winning at 200 meters in a collegiate-leading 20.37 (+0.9). Won the Florida Relays 400 in a then-collegiate leading 45.54. Finished runner-up and tops among collegians in the Mt. SAC Relays 400 elite in 45.65.

 

Charles Silmon, TCU


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NCAA Championships: Won the 100 meters title in 9.89w (+3.2m/s) in what Track & Field News listed as the fastest all-conditions race in NCAA Championships history, tying the all-conditions championships record set in 2011 by Ngoni Makusha of Florida State. Ran a 9.92Qw (+3.0m/s) in the prelims to advance as the fastest seed into the finals. Qualified for the finals at 200 meters with a 20.30qw (+4.3m/s), but did not compete in the finals. Ran a leg of the 4×100 relay that finished seventh in the finals. His 9.89w gives him the third-fastest all-conditions time in the world for 2013.

This Season: Won Big 12 Outdoor titles at 100 meters in 10.18w (+2.3m/s) and 200 meters in 20.33 (+1.4m/s), and an indoor Big 12 title at 60 meters in 6.66. Ran 10.03Q (1.7m/s) in the first round of the West Prelims, and advanced as the top qualifier from the West to the NCAA Finals with a 10.23Q (-0.5m/s) quarterfinal heat win. Advanced as the top seed from the West at 200 meters with a 20.23Q (+0.6m/s).  Finished third at the NCAA Division I Indoor Championships at 60 meters in 6.61. Won seven of 10 finals against collegians at 100 meters outdoors and 60 meters indoors.

 

 

Julian Wruck, UCLA


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NCAA Championships: Now owns the top 27 collegiate throws of the 2013 outdoor season, the collegiate record, six of the top 10 collegiate throws all-time, and four of the world’s top 12 throws of 2013 (ranked No. 4 among individuals). Claimed the NCAA Outdoor title in the discus over defending champion Chad Wright of Nebraska with a throw of 213-1 (64.94m). Set the collegiate record the week prior with a mark of 223-7 (68.16m) at a throwers meet at Claremont, while also launching four other marks that landed in the top 10 all-time.

This Season: Was the top NCAA Finals qualifier in the discus after a throw of 209-10 (63.95m) at the West Prelims Won the Pac-12 Championships discus throw with a mark of 214-7 (65.41m), and finished fifth in the shot put (55-9¾/17.01m).Currently ranked No. 2 in the world with three of the four best throws. Earned wins at the Mt. SAC Relays (211-9/64.55m), the UCSD Triton Invitational (216-3/65.92m) and the UCLA/USC Dual (214-3/65.31m). Won the discus in a dual against LSU/TCU with a mark of 216-8 (66.05m), which is the No. 6 throw in collegiate history. The week prior he launched a 216-7 (66.01m) at the Texas Relays, good for No. 7 all time, and a 215-10 (65.80m), then No. 10 all time.

 

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

Southern Utah’s Cam Levins and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the trophy and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches’ interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

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