Fan Voting Now Open For 2016 The Bowerman

NEW ORLEANS — How strong are the finalists for the 2016 version of The Bowerman?

It’s going to make the voters’ jobs incredibly tough.

That’s why we’re asking for your help once again.

Today marks the start of the annual Fan Vote component of The Bowerman selection process. It runs through July 1 and is open to anybody in the world with a valid email address. You may vote up to five times per day (per gender) from the same email address, regardless of device.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE NOW

“The Year of the Vault” captured the public’s attention in 2015 as Akron’s Shawn Barber and Stephen F. Austin’s Demi Payne each won the fan vote. More than 50,000 votes were cast last year as Barber and Payne got a head-start on the rest of the finalists.

Who do you have a chance to vote for this year?

Men’s Finalists

Texas A&M’s Donavan Brazier: The freshman phenom ran the fifth fastest time over 800 meters in collegiate history indoors (1:45.93) and then broke Jim Ryun’s 50-year-old record outdoors (1:43.55) on his way to the NCAA title.

Oregon’s Edward Cheserek: The first three-time finalist in the history of The Bowerman added four more individual titles (five total) to his legendary haul and became the first man since Galen Rup to wear all major distance crowns in the same academic year (3000-5000-DMR-5000-10000).

Arkansas’ Jarrion Lawson: The Razorback joined Jesse Owens as the only men in NCAA history to complete the long jump-100-200 triple at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (Owens did it twice) and broke the modern-day scoring record at the meet with 31.5 points. Lawson also won the indoor long jump title and placed fifth in the 60.

Women’s Finalists

Texas’ Courtney Okolo: She was the Queen of the Quarter Mile in 2016 as the Carrollton, Texas native swept the 400-meter crowns and anchored two winning 4×400 relay teams. Okolo lowered her outdoor collegiate record to 49.71 and became the first woman in collegiate history to go sub-50 seconds.

Georgia’s Keturah Orji: Collegiate records weren’t enough for her this year, so she set her sights on the American record. Orji dominated the triple jump this season and swept the slate clean (indoor/outdoor) and broke the outdoor collegiate record and set an American record in the process at NCAAs.

Mississippi’s Raven Saunders: She set the indoor and outdoor collegiate records in the shot put, of which the latter stood for 33 years before she turned it to dust at Hayward Field.

Once fans cast their vote, they can spread the word about their favorite finalists and encourage others to do the same. Share the voting link and use the following hashtags on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to promote your favorite finalists (Posts do not count to the overall vote total).

#Brazier4Bowerman – Donavan Brazier

#Cheserek4Bowerman – Edward Cheserek

#Lawson4Bowerman – Jarrion Lawson

#Okolo4Bowerman – Courtney Okolo

#Orji4Bowerman – Keturah Orji

#Saunders4Bowerman – Raven Saunders

Online fan voting started in 2009 with more than 250,000 votes having been cast since. Winners of the fan vote receive a first-place vote to their overall total.

Paper balloting by The Bowerman Advisory Board, past winners, selected media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators is also underway until August 2. An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate, and certify final results and will keep the result secret until the envelope is opened in December.

Remember: 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, like the IAAF World Indoor Championships. Anything before that time (cross country) or after (U.S. Olympic Trials, select Diamond League meetings, etc.) should not factor into the decision.

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 (11 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
  • Derek Drouin, 2013 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Deon Lendore, 2014 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Marquis Dendy, 2015 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
  • Brianna Rollins, 2013 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Laura Roesler, 2014 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jenna Prandini, 2015 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)

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

2013
Winner: Derek Drouin, Indiana
Finalist: Lawi Lalang, Arizona
Finalist: Julian Wruck, UCLA

2014
Winner: Deon Lendore, Texas A&M
Finalist: Edward Cheserek, Oregon
Finalist: Lawi Lalang, Arizona

2015
Winner: Marquis Dendy, Florida
Finalist: Shawn Barber, Akron
Finalist: Edward Cheserek, Oregon

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

2013
Winner: Brianna Rollins, Clemson
Finalist: Brigetta Barrett, Arizona
Finalist: Kori Carter, Stanford

2014
Winner: Laura Roesler, Oregon
Finalist: Sharika Nelvis, Arkansas State
Finalist: Courtney Okolo, Texas

2015
Winner: Jenna Prandini, Oregon
Finalist: Kendra Harrison, Kentucky
Finalist: Demi Payne, Stephen F. Austin

Combined Genders
Multiple Finalists by School (2009-2016)

Oregon (10): Ashton Eaton (2)*, Galen Rupp*, Laura Roesler*, Jenna Prandini*, Brianne Theisen, Andrew WheatingEdward Cheserek (3)
Arizona (4): 
Brigetta Barrett (2), Lawi Lalang (2)
Texas A&M (4): Jessica Beard*, Porscha Lucas, Deon Lendore*, Donavan Brazier
Florida (3):
 Tony McQuay, Christian Taylor, Marquis Dendy*
Texas (3): Courtney Okolo (2), Destinee Hooker
LSU (2): Kimberlyn Duncan (2)*
Arkansas (2): Tina Sutej, Jarrion Lawson
* 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 (18):
Oregon – 10
Arizona – 4
Arizona State – 1
Stanford – 1
UCLA – 1
Washington State – 1

SEC (12):
Florida – 3
LSU – 2
Arkansas – 2
Texas A&M – 2
Kentucky – 1
Mississippi – 1
Georgia – 1

Big 12 (8):
Texas – 3
Texas A&M – 2 (Beard, 2011)
Colorado – 1 (Barringer, 2009)
Iowa State – 1
Oklahoma State – 1

ACC (3):
Clemson – 1
Florida State – 1
Virginia Tech – 1

Big Ten (2):
Illinois – 1
Indiana – 1

One Each:
Conference USA (UTEP), Summit League (Southern Utah), Sun Belt (Arkansas State), Mid-American (Akron), Southland (Stephen F. Austin)

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.

Oregon’s Jenna Prandini and Florida’s Marquis Dendy 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, four-time World Champion and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters Jenny Simpson (2009), 2013 100-meter hurdles World Champion Brianna Rollins (2013) as well as 2012 Olympic high jump bronze medalist and 2015 World Champion Derek Drouin (2013).

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 9,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA, NJCAA 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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