The Bowerman: 2019 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).

LSU’s Mondo Duplantis, Florida’s Grant Holloway and Texas Tech’s Divine Oduduru were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board as the most outstanding athletes in collegiate men’s track & field during the 2019 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

THE BOWERMAN HISTORY: Past Winners & Finalists (2009-2018)
FINALIST FACT SHEETS: Mondo Duplantis | Grant Holloway | Divine Oduduru

The Bowerman Advisory Board is a 12-person panel of track & field experts from around the nation who select the finalists based on performances recorded during the 2019 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. Only performances from December 1, 2018 through the conclusion of the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas, were eligible for consideration.

This marks the third time in the past four years that multiple finalists for the men’s award have come from the SEC. This is the first time that the Big 12 has had a finalist for the men’s award since 2009, which was the inaugural year of The Bowerman.

Duplantis, a freshman from Lafayette, Louisiana, spun gold in his only collegiate season. The Tiger standout unified the collegiate pole vault records and captured his lone NCAA title during the indoor season. Duplantis saved each of his record-breaking performances for the crowd at the SEC Championships, where he vaulted 5.92m (19-5) with a roof over his head to shatter the indoor mark and then 6.00m (19-8¼) outdoors to become the first collegian to clear a six-meter bar. He ended the year with two of the all-time top-10 marks indoors and four of the top-10 marks outdoors. Duplantis is the LSU’s first-ever finalist for the men’s award and is the fourth vaulter to be named a finalist, joining Akron’s Shawn Barber (2015), Stephen F. Austin’s Demi Payne (2015) and Arkansas’ Tina Sutej (2011).

Holloway, a junior from Chesapeake, Virginia, put an exclamation point on an amazing junior year at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. It was in the Lone Star State where Holloway smashed Renaldo Nehemiah’s 40-year-old collegiate record in the 110 Meter Hurdles when he clocked a winning time of 12.98. Holloway also carried the baton for the collegiate record-setting 4×100 relay team and closed the meet with the fastest leg of the 4×400 in 43.7. He ended the outdoor season with four of the top-10 marks in collegiate history in the 110H. That’s not even counting what he did indoors, with national titles in the 60 and 60H, as well as six of the top-11 all-time marks in the 60H (including the American record and collegiate record of 7.35) and matching the 10th best performance in collegiate history in the 60 (6.50). Oh, did we forget to mention that Holloway placed third in the indoor long jump as well? Holloway becomes the fourth man in the history of The Bowerman to be a finalist in multiple years, joining Edward Cheserek, Ashton Eaton and Lawi Lalang.

Oduduru, a junior from Ughelli, Nigeria, cemented his status as one of the greatest sprinters in collegiate history at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. The Red Raider capped an undefeated outdoor season in the 100 and the 200 with a pair of blistering marks to sweep the NCAA titles. Oduduru went 9.86 in the 100 and 19.76 in the 200 for times that both fall in as the second best performances in collegiate history by .04 seconds. Not only that, but those marks gave Oduduru the second fastest one-day double in those events in world history. On top of that, Oduduru went sub-10 and sub-20 on the same day on three different occasions in 2019 to become just the second man to ever accomplish that feat multiple times in a single year. Don’t forget that Oduduru also carried the stick for the third-place 4×100 relay team in Austin. Then it was back during the indoor season where Oduduru won the NCAA title in the 200 and notched the second fastest time in collegiate history in the 200 of 20.08 a few weeks earlier. Oduduru is the first finalist in program history for Texas Tech and the first finalist for the men’s award from the Big 12 since German Fernandez in 2009.

Fan voting for The Bowerman begins today and runs through Thursday, June 27.

Paper voting for past winners, The Bowerman Advisory Board and select media personnel, statisticians and collegiate administrators begins today and will conclude Friday, July 19.

Duplantis, Holloway and Oduduru will be feted on Thursday, December 19, at the annual USTFCCCA Convention, which will be held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida. One of these three incredible athletes will take home collegiate track & field’s highest honor 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 (12 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
  • Michael Norman, 2018 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
  • Keturah Orji, 2018 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 will open Thursday, June 20 at 4:00 pm ET.

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

2018
Winner: Michael Norman, Southern California
Finalist: Rai Benjamin, Southern California
Finalist: Grant Holloway, Florida

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

2018
Winner: Keturah Orji, Georgia
Finalist: Maggie Ewen, Arizona State
Finalist: Sydney McLaughlin, Kentucky

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.

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 of all levels. The organization represents thousands of coaching members encompassing NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA and 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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