The Bowerman: 2018 Men’s Finalists

NEW ORLEANS – Men’s finalists for The Bowerman, collegiate track & field’s highest honor, were announced Thursday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Florida’s Grant Holloway and the Southern California duo of Rai Benjamin and Michael Norman were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board as the most outstanding male athletes during the entire 2018 collegiate track & field campaign. Holloway is the fourth Gator to be a finalist (first since 2015), while Benjamin and Norman are the fourth set of male teammates to be finalists in the 10-year history of The Bowerman.

THE BOWERMAN HISTORY: Past Winners & Finalists
FINALIST FACT SHEETS: Rai Benjamin | Grant Holloway | Michael Norman

The Bowerman Advisory Board is an 11-person panel of track & field experts from around the nation who selected the finalists based on performances recorded during the 2018 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. Only performances from December 1, 2017 through the conclusion of the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, were eligible for consideration.

Benjamin, a junior from Mount Vernon, New York, left his mark on the collegiate record book – and on the world landscape – in both the 400 hurdles and as part of the Trojans’ 4×400 relay team. It was in the final of the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships where Benjamin clocked a time of 47.02, which broke a 13-year-old collegiate record and tied him as the second fastest performer in world history with Edwin Moses. Later that day, Benjamin split 43.6h on the second leg of Southern California’s record-setting 4×400 relay for the fastest second leg split in meet history. During the indoor season, Benjamin twice ran sub-45 second splits as Southern California broke and then bettered the collegiate indoor record in the 4×400, the latter of which to an all-time world best of 3:00.77. Benjamin also finished third in the 200 at the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Holloway, a sophomore from Chesapeake, Virginia, continues to be the Swiss Army knife of collegiate track & field athletes. He competed in seven finals in three different disciplines between the two NCAA Championships: 60 hurdles, 110 hurdles, indoor/outdoor long jump, 4×100 relay and the indoor/outdoor 4×400 relay. Holloway swept the NCAA titles in the short hurdles and established five total all-time marks in those events. He broke the collegiate indoor record in the 60 hurdles with his time of 7.42 at the Tiger Paw Invitational and notched the second fastest time in collegiate outdoor history in the 110 hurdles (13.15) at the SEC Championships, among others. Holloway finished runner-up in the NCAA long jump indoors and ninth in the event outdoors. The sophomore became the only man in world history to go sub-13.20 in the 110 hurdles and long jump at least 8.10m (26-7) outdoors – and did so within the span of 28 hours. That came after he was just the second man to go sub-7.50 and farther than 8.00m (26-3) indoors. As a member of those aforementioned relay teams, Holloway’s Gators finished third twice (indoor 4×400, outdoor 4×100) and fourth once (outdoor 4×400).

Norman, a sophomore from Murrieta, California, isn’t just the fastest man in collegiate history over 400 meters: He is the fastest – or is among the fastest – in world history. During the indoor season, Norman broke the world record, which was also the collegiate record, in the 400 at the NCAA Championships with his time of 44.52. That came less than an hour before Norman anchored Southern California’s 4×400 relay team to an all-time world best mark of 3:00.77 in 44.52. Outdoors, Norman saved his best for the postseason. Norman whet appetites with his 4×400 split of 43.06 at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, which is the second fastest carry in world history. Norman then unified the 400-meter records when he turned one lap in 43.61 at Historic Hayward Field and became the sixth fastest performer in world history. Norman finished 2018 with an unblemished record as he went 9-0 between six 400-meter finals and three 200-meter finals indoors and outdoors.

Fan voting for The Bowerman begins today and runs through Thursday, June 28. Paper voting for past winners, The Bowerman Advisory Board and select media personnel, statisticians and collegiate administrators concludes July 20.

Benjamin, Holloway and Norman will be feted on Thursday, December 20, at the annual USTFCCCA Convention in San Antonio at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa. One of these three incredible athletes will take home the highest individual honor in collegiate track & field that same night following The Bowerman Presentation.

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
  • Jarrion Lawson, 2016 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Christian Coleman, 2017 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
  • Raevyn Rogers, 2017 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 online fan vote has closed. Stay tuned for updates!

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

2016
Winner: Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas
Finalist: Donavan Brazier, Texas A&M
Finalist: Edward Cheserek, Oregon

2017
Winner: Christian Coleman, Tennessee
Finalist: Fred Kerley, Texas A&M
Finalist: Lindon Victor, Texas A&M

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

2016
Winner: Courtney Okolo, Texas
Finalist: Keturah Orji, Georgia
Finalist: Raven Saunders, Ole Miss

2017
Winner: Raevyn Rogers, Oregon
Finalist: Maggie Ewen, Arizona State
Finalist: Keturah Orji, Georgia

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009 and is named after former University of Oregon coach Bill Bowerman, 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 gold medalist and 2013 100-meter hurdles World Champion Brianna Rollins (2013), Olympic bronze medalist and 2011 IAAF World Champion at 1500 meters Jenny Simpson (2009) 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 as president of 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. The organization represents over 10,000 coaching members encompassing 98% 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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