8 Days to Go: Who Will Join the Eight Former The Bowerman Winners?

8 Days to Go: Who Will Join the Eight Former The Bowerman Winners?

NEW ORLEANS – Eight days to go until the 2013 The Bowerman Trophy will be presented to collegiate track & field’s most outstanding male and female student-athletes, who will join a distinguished group of eight former winners of the award between men and women.

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. ET at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla., one of three male finalists and one of three female finalists will become the ninth and 10th winners of the prestigious trophy in a ceremony streamed live online via Flotrack.org. The broadcast starts at 6:30 p.m. with the Red Carpet Show with Flotrack’s Ryan Fenton and Alex Lohr.

Indiana high jumper Derek Drouin, Arizona distance runner Lawi Lalang and UCLA discus thrower Julian Wruck are all seeking the men’s trophy, while Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett, Stanford hurdler Kori Carter and Clemson hurdler Brianna Rollins are all finalists for the women’s.

The men’s finalists all look to become the newest member of a list of former winners that includes some of the world’s most elite athletes. Galen Rupp and Ashton Eaton, the first two winners of The Bowerman in 2009 and 2010, respectively, have made names for themselves on the world stage with Olympic medals and numerous record book entries.

Eaton is the world record holder in the decathlon, an event in which he has claimed an Olympic gold medal and a World Championship crown. He also owns the world record and a World Championship title in the indoor heptathlon.

Rupp himself claimed a silver medal at the 2012 Olympics at 10,000 meters, an event in which he owns the American record and has won six consecutive USA Outdoor titles.

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Ngoni Maskusha of Florida State claimed the 2011 The Bowerman Trophy after winning the 100 meters NCAA title in collegiate-record fashion and the long jump at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Cam Levins of Southern Utah is the most recent men’s winner, with a 5000 and 10,000 meter sweep of the NCAA Outdoor Championships titles before going on to compete at the 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championships representing Canada.

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The women’s winners have achieved similar success following their awards, headlined by 2009 winner Jenny Barringer of Colorado.

Now going by the last name Simpson following marriage, she was the 2011 World Champion at 1500 meters and the World Championships runner-up in 2013. USA Championships titles have been abundant across varying events with national crowns in the 3000 steeplechase — an event in which she holds the American record — the outdoor 5000, the indoor 1500, the indoor mile and the indoor 3000 meters.

In 2010, hurdler Queen Harrison of Virginia Tech took the award after sweeping the 100 and 400 meter hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championshpis and has since been a finalist at the 100 meter hurdles at the 2013 World Championships.

Jessica Beard of Texas A&M, the 2011 winner, has been a member of two World Championship 4×400 relay teams in 2009 and 2011, and a silver medal team in 2013.

Most recently, LSU sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan won the 2012 award after sweeping the indoor and outdoor 200 meters at the NCAA Championships for two years in a row. Since winning The Bowerman, she extended that streak of NCAA 200 meters titles to three years in a row and claimed a USA Outdoor title at 200 meters.

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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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