The Bowerman: Ewen, Holloway Capture 2018 Fan Vote Crowns

NEW ORLEANS – If collegiate track & field fans have their way, one of the most prolific throwers in NCAA history as well as one of the most versatile athletes to ever grace the NCAA system will take home The Bowerman, collegiate track & field’s highest honor.

Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen and Florida’s Grant Holloway won The Bowerman Fan Vote following a frenzied voting process. Ewen and Holloway both receive one first-place vote in the overall count, which also includes ballots from The Bowerman Advisory Board, past winners, members of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as well as select media personnel, statisticians and collegiate administrators.

The Bowerman Fan Vote Standings – 2018

Men’s Finalists Pct Women’s Finalists Pct
1st Grant Holloway, Florida 47.9 Maggie Ewen, Arizona State 37.8
2nd Michael Norman, Southern California 37.3 Keturah Orji, Georgia 33.4
3rd Rai Benjamin, Southern California 14.9 Sydney McLaughlin, Kentucky 28.9

Voters turned out in droves for all six finalists as previous Fan Vote records were demolished. A grand total of 65,038 votes were cast for the women, which crushed the former all-time best of 41,266; 45,586 votes were cast for the men, which bettered that high-water mark of 41,683.

Ewen, who won the Women’s Fan Vote with 37.8 percent of the overall tally, knows a thing or two (or three) about breaking records and winning titles.

The two-time finalist for The Bowerman saved her best for last as she became the first woman since 2009 The Bowerman winner Jenny Barringer to simultaneously hold at least two collegiate records in two different individual events and was the first woman in the past 18 years to win NCAA DI outdoor titles in the discus and shot put in the same season. Ewen bettered her own collegiate hammer record to 74.53m (244-6) in early April and then toppled Raven Saunders’ outdoor shot put standard three weeks later. When all was said and done, Ewen ended up with 13 combined all-time top-10 marks in the indoor/outdoor shot put and hammer, including seven alone in the outdoor shot put.

Ewen is the first thrower to win the Women’s Fan Vote and did so with the second smallest ratio of votes cast. She is also the fifth woman from the Pac-12 to earn the Fan Vote crown joining Oregon’s Brianne Theisen in 2012, Stanford’s Kori Carter in 2013, Oregon’s Laura Roesler in 2014 and Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers in 2017.

Georgia’s Keturah Orji, who captured three NCAA titles in 2018, scored 38 NCAA points and broke the indoor and outdoor collegiate records in the triple jump, finished runner-up with 33.4 percent of the vote. Kentucky’s Sydney McLaughlin, who broke the collegiate record in the 400 hurdles and finished in the top-4 of the seasonal best lists in each of the six individual events she contested as a freshman, was third at 28.9 percent.

Holloway ran away with the Men’s Fan Vote from the jump, never dropping below the 45-percent threshold. His final ratio of 47.9 percent was the second largest winning total in Men’s Fan Vote history behind Deon Lendore’s 52.7-percent victory in 2014.

The sophomore standout was sublime in his second collegiate season. Holloway swept the short hurdles titles at the NCAA meet and established five total all-time marks in those events, including the collegiate indoor 60-meter-hurdles record of 7.42 and the second fastest time in collegiate outdoor history of 13.15 in the 110-meter hurdles. He also finished runner-up in the long jump at the NCAA Indoor Championships and starred on the Gators’ 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams. All told, Holloway competed in seven finals in three different disciplines at the NCAA Championships and totaled 32¼ points for Florida.

Southern California’s Michael Norman, who broke the world indoor record in the 400, unified the collegiate records in the same event and helped break the collegiate record in both the indoor and outdoor 4×400 relays, finished second with 37.3 percent of the vote. Fellow Trojan Rai Benjamin, who matched the second fastest time ever run in the 400 hurdles (47.02) and clocked two sub-44.40 second splits to help Southern California break those relay records, took third in 14.9 percent.

Winners of The Bowerman, collegiate track & field’s highest honor, will be announced Thursday, December 20 at the annual USTFCCCA Convention in San Antonio at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa.

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)

Votes are tallied by an independent accounting firm.

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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