The Bowerman Presentation Returns To San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – Here’s a little history lesson for you.

This is the fourth time that The Bowerman Presentation will originate from the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa deep in the heart of Texas.

The Bowerman’s first trip to the Lone Star State came way back in 2010 when Ashton Eaton of Oregon and Queen Harrison of Virginia Tech took home collegiate track & field’s highest honor. Eaton is the last male athlete from the Pac-12 Conference to win The Bowerman, while Harrison was the first of two women from the ACC to earn the honor (Brianna Rollins of Clemson in 2013).

READ MORE: Harrison, Eaton Named 2010 Winners of The Bowerman

We returned to San Antonio the following year, which is when Ngoni Makusha of Florida State and Jessica Beard of Texas A&M hoisted the 35-pound trophy. Makusha remains the only male athlete from the ACC to win The Bowerman and Beard is one of two athletes from Texas A&M to bring the award back to College Station (Deon Lendore in 2014).

READ MORE: Jessica Beard, Ngoni Makusha Win The Bowerman 2011

The Bowerman took a three-year break after that Texas two-step and last graced San Antonio with its presence in 2015. That year continued a streak for both the SEC and the Women of Oregon, as Marquis Dendy of Florida and Jenna Prandini of Oregon reigned victorious to give both organizations their second victories in a row.

READ MORE: Dendy, Prandini Win 2015 Bowerman Awards

This year we have an amazing batch of finalists and a massive platform for them to shine.

Men’s finalists for The Bowerman in 2018 are Rai Benjamin, Grant Holloway and Michael Norman, while the women’s finalists are Maggie Ewen, Sydney McLaughlin and Keturah Orji. Between them, they combined to win 16 NCAA titles and break 11 collegiate records last year alone. This is just the second time in the history of The Bowerman that all six finalists broke at least one collegiate record.

The Bowerman Presentation begins Thursday, December 20 at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) LIVE on ESPN3 and the ESPN App. This is the first time in the history of The Bowerman Presentation that it will be carried LIVE on ESPN’s networks.

Be sure to tune in to check out track & field’s biggest night.

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