The Bowerman: Looking Back At The Fan Vote

Fan support is critical to collegiate track & field.

That is why, since the inception of The Bowerman in 2009, that the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) opened a portion of the ballot to the fans. After all, it is collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor and with fans playing such an important role, why shouldn’t they have a say in who wins the iconic 35-pound award?

Even though the Fan Vote is a small fraction of the overall tally, fans correctly picked eight past winners: four men (Ngoni Makusha, 2011; Cam Levins, 2012; Deon Lendore, 2014; Jarrion Lawson, 2016) and four women (Jenny Barringer, 2009; Jessica Beard, 2011; Laura Roesler, 2014; Raevyn Rogers, 2017).

The Bowerman – Men’s Historical Fan Votes Results

Year
Name
Program
Total (%)
Margin (%)
2009
German Fernandez
Oklahoma State
41.7
9.1
2010
Ryan Whiting
Arizona
38.7
3.8
2011
Ngoni Makusha*
Florida State
42.1
14.7
2012
Cam Levins*
Southern Utah
48.0
7.4
2013
Julian Wruck
UCLA
40.6
2.0
2014
Deon Lendore*
Texas A&M
52.7
19.7
2015
Shawn Barber
Akron
45.7
11.5
2016
Jarrion Lawson*
Arkansas
39.9
1.2
2017
Fred Kerley
Texas A&M
40.8
2.0

Deon Lendore owns both Men’s Fan Vote records for the greatest ratio of votes cast (52.7 percent) and the largest margin of victory (19.7 percent). The former Texas A&M standout won the Men’s Fan Vote over Arizona’s Lawi Lalang and Oregon’s Edward Cheserek in 2014 and later captured the Aggies’ second The Bowerman.

When it comes to the smallest margin of victory in the Men’s Fan Vote, that distinction belongs to Jarrion Lawson in 2016. Lawson, the eventual winner of The Bowerman, outlasted former Texas A&M standout Donavan Brazier for a head-start on the rest of the competition.

The Bowerman – Women’s Historical Fan Vote Results

Year
Name
Program
Total (%)
Margin (%)
2009
Jenny Barringer*
Colorado
39.5
2.6
2010
Lisa Koll
Iowa State
53.4
10.5
2011
Jessica Beard*
Texas A&M
49.2
7.5
2012
Brianne Theisen
Oregon
65.7
41.5
2013
Kori Carter
Stanford
53.5
26.3
2014
Laura Roesler*
Oregon
41.7
7.6
2015
Demi Payne
Stephen F. Austin
55.3
31.1
2016
Keturah Orji
Georgia
44.8
9.2
2017
Raevyn Rogers*
Oregon
35.5
2.5

There have been a bevy of runaway winners in the Women’s Fan Vote over the years. Three women have won the Fan Vote by more than 25 percentage points: Brianne Theisen in 2012, Kori Carter in 2013 and Demi Payne in 2015.

Theisen holds the Women’s Fan Vote records for the greatest ratio of votes cast (65.7) and the largest margin of victory (41.5). That year The Bowerman went to Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU.

Raevyn Rogers won the closest Women’s Fan Vote in the history of The Bowerman last year. Rogers edged ahead of Georgia’s Keturah Orji, the winner of the 2016 Women’s Fan Vote, in the last day.

Overall, fans helped athletes from the likes of Texas A&M and the University of Oregon as well as the Pac-12 to Fan Vote greatness. Fans buoyed three Aggies and three Ducks to Fan Vote titles, while six Pac-12 athletes have won crowns, compared to four from the Big 12 and three from the SEC.

Which man and woman will win the Fan Vote this year? We’ll find out later this week.

Men’s finalists for The Bowerman in 2018 are the Southern California duo of Rai Benjamin and Michael Norman along with Florida’s Grant Holloway. CLICK HERE to read more about Benjamin, Holloway and Norman.

Women’s finalists for The Bowerman in 2018 are Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen, Kentucky’s Sydney McLaughlin and Georgia’s Keturah Orji. CLICK HERE to read more about Ewen, McLaughlin and Orji.

Remember: You can vote up to five times per day per valid email address for who you think the winner of collegiate track & field’s Heisman Trophy should be. The Fan Vote will close Thursday, June 28 at 10 pm ET.

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