The Bowerman: Through The Years


Last year The Bowerman Presentation returned to the JW Marriott Grande Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida, the site of the first ceremony back in 2009.

Colorado’s Jenny Barringer and Oregon’s Galen Rupp were the inaugural winners of The Bowerman, which is collegiate track & field’s highest honor. Barringer (now Simpson) and Rupp both dominated the collegiate scene and have put together decorated international careers thus far.

Seven years later, Texas’ Courtney Okolo and Arkansas’ Jarrion Lawson became the 15th and 16th recipients of the 35-pound award designed by Nike’s Tinker Hatfield. A perfect season in the 400 and a collegiate record in the same event sent Okolo to the podium, while Lawson swept the long jump titles and matched Jesse Owens with a historic triple outdoors (100-200-long jump).



For historical context, Okolo was the first athlete from the Big 12 to win since 2011 (Jessica Beard of Texas A&M) and Lawson made it three consecutive wins for SEC male athletes.

Both Lawson and Okolo will return to present The Bowerman to their respective heirs on Friday, December 15 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix. Lawson and Okolo won’t be the only former winners coming back, though.


For the first time since 2012, Ashton Eaton will be in attendance. Eaton, the winner of The Bowerman in 2010 as a member of the Oregon track & field team, is a two-time Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world record holder.

Speaking of Olympic gold medalists, 2016 Olympic champion Brianna Rollins is back. Rollins won The Bowerman in 2013 as a member of the Clemson track & field team.

Past men’s winners joining Eaton on stage will be Ngoni Makusha and Deon Lendore. Makusha won The Bowerman in 2011 as a member of the Florida State track & field team and Lendore, a former Texas A&M standout, held The Bowerman the last time the USTFCCCA Convention was in Phoenix (2014).

Four other past women’s winners will be feted in addition to Okolo and Rollins: Queen Harrison, the aforementioned Beard, Kimberlyn Duncan and Jenna Prandini.

Harrison won in 2010 as a member of the Virginia Tech track & field team and will once again serve as co-host of The Bowerman Red Carpet Show alongside Ryan Fenton of FloTrack. Duncan earned the award in 2011 as a member of LSU’s track & field team. Prandini gave the Women of Oregon back-to-back winners in 2014 and 2015 (Laura Roesler won in 2014).

Overall, that’s 10 past winners of The Bowerman on hand for the 2017 presentation, which will take place Friday, December 15 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. A closer look reveals both winners from 2010 (Eaton and Harrison), 2011 (Makusha and Beard) and 2016 (Lawson and Okolo) are going to be in attendance.

You can watch it all go down live on FloTrack and Facebook Live starting at 8 pm ET with The Bowerman Red Carpet Show. The Bowerman Presentation will begin an hour later.

Men’s finalists for this year’s award include Christian Coleman, Fred Kerley and Lindon Victor. Women’s finalists are Maggie Ewen, Keturah Orji and Raevyn Rogers.


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
  • Jarrion Lawson, 2016 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
  • Courtney Okolo, 2016 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)



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas
Finalist: Donavan Brazier, Texas A&M
Finalist: Edward Cheserek, Oregon

Finalist: Christian Coleman, Tennessee
Finalist: Fred Kerley, Texas A&M
Finalist: Lindon Victor, Texas A&M


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Courtney Okolo, Texas
Finalist: Keturah Orji, Georgia
Finalist: Raven Saunders, Ole Miss

Finalist: Maggie Ewen, Arizona State
Finalist: Keturah Orji, Georgia
Finalist: Raevyn Rogers, Oregon


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.

Past winners include two-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time World Champion and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp (2009), Olympic bronze medalist and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters Jenny Simpson (2009), Olympic gold medalist and 2013 100-meter hurdles World Champion Brianna Rollins (2013) as well as two-time Olympic medalist in the high jump and 2015 World Champion Derek Drouin (2013).

Bill 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


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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