The Bowerman: 2018 Women’s Finalists

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

Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen, Kentucky’s Sydney McLaughlin and Georgia’s Keturah Orji were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board as the most outstanding female athletes during the entire 2018 collegiate track & field campaign. This is the second year in a row that Ewen and Orji made the final cut and McLaughlin is the first female freshman finalist in the 10-year history of The Bowerman.

THE BOWERMAN HISTORY: Past Winners & Finalists
FINALIST FACT SHEETS: Maggie Ewen | Sydney McLaughlin | Keturah Orji

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.

Ewen, a senior from St. Francis, Minnesota, turned in one of the finest years in collegiate history, regardless of discipline. The standout thrower became the first athlete since 2009 The Bowerman winner Jenny Barringer to simultaneously hold collegiate records in at least two individual events. Ewen bettered her own standard in the hammer throw to 74.53m (244-6) and trumped Raven Saunders’ outdoor shot put record from 2016 by more than five inches. The Sun Devil etched her name into the collegiate record books 13 times as a senior, which included seven of the top-10 marks in the outdoor shot put (No. 1, t-Nos. 3, No. 5, Nos. 7-9), five of the top-10 marks in the hammer (No. 1, No. 2, Nos. 4-5, No. 8) and the fourth-best heave in the indoor shot put. Ewen was a three-time NCAA individual champion in 2018 as she swept both shot put crowns and earned the discus victory on her final throw. She became just the fifth woman in NCAA DI history – first since UCLA’s Seilala Sua in 2000 – to win the discus and shot put at the same NCAA outdoor meet. Ewen also placed fourth in the weight throw during the indoor season to give her 35 points at NCAA Championships in 2018.

McLaughlin, a freshman from Dunellen, New Jersey, was a Tour de Force during her one-year stop among the collegiate ranks. The phenom dazzled in her only collegiate campaign, setting a collegiate outdoor record and a world junior record in the 400 hurdles (52.75), a world junior record in the indoor 400 (50.36), an all-time world junior best in the indoor 300 (36.12) and was ranked in the top-4 of the seasonal collegiate best lists in each of the six individual events she contested. McLaughlin also notched three other all-time top-10 marks in the 400 hurdles (No. 5, No. 8, No. 10) to go along with two in the indoor 400 (No. 2, No. 4) and one in the outdoor 400 (No. 5). As a member of the Wildcats’ 4×400 relay team, McLaughlin clocked six sub-51 second splits, including three sub-50 second efforts outdoors. McLaughlin won her lone NCAA title in the 400 hurdles and finished second and fourth at the NCAA indoor meet in the 400 and 200, respectively. Those results, coupled with a fourth- and fifth-place showing by Kentucky’s 4×400 relay teams, added up to 25¼ points at the NCAA Championships.

Orji, a senior from Mount Olive, New Jersey, ruled the runway with an iron fist. The first three-time female finalist for The Bowerman won three NCAA horizontal jump titles in 2018 and finished runner-up in the other for a grand total of 38 points at NCAA Championships to help the Bulldogs win the indoor team title and finish second outdoors. Orji became just the third woman in NCAA DI history to complete the long jump-triple jump double outdoors and won yet another indoor triple jump crown with a meet record effort. She also tattooed her name all over the collegiate record books as senior. During the indoor season Orji bettered her own American and collegiate record in the triple jump to 14.53m (47-8) and tallied four other all-time top-10 marks (No. 4, t-Nos. 5, No. 8). Outdoors, she improved her collegiate record by 3¾ inches to 14.62m (47-11¾) and added the third-and sixth-best all-time marks to her ledger. Orji barely missed the all-time top-10 in the outdoor long jump with her leap of 6.81m (22-4¼) at the SEC Championships and settled for being tied as the 11th best performer in collegiate history.

Fan voting for The Bowerman begins Thursday, June 21, following the announcement of the men’s finalists and runs through Thursday, June 28. Paper voting for past winners, The Bowerman Advisory Board and select media personnel, statisticians and collegiate administrators will conclude July 20.

Ewen, McLaughlin and Orji 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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