The Bowerman: 2019 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).

Arkansas’ Janeek Brown, Florida’s Yanis David and LSU’s Sha’Carri Richardson were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board as the most outstanding athletes in collegiate women’s track & field during the 2019 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons.

THE BOWERMAN HISTORY: Past Winners & Finalists (2009-2018)
FINALIST FACT SHEETS: Janeek Brown | Yanis David | Sha’Carri Richardson

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 is the first time since 2009 where all three finalists for the women’s award are from the same conference. The inaugural year of The Bowerman saw the Big 12 dominate the proceedings with eventual winner Jenny Barringer of Colorado, Destinee Hooker of Texas and Porscha Lucas of Texas A&M on the dais. Ten years later, they’re all from the SEC.

Brown, a sophomore from Kingston, Jamaica, put her name among the greats in the sport during the outdoor season – not just in collegiate history, but world history. It was at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships where the Razorback hurdler began her climb into the record book with a victory in the 100 Meter Hurdles. She clocked a time of 12.40, which matched the second fastest performer and the second fastest performance in collegiate history (She also owns the eighth and t-10th fastest marks on the all-time chart). Brown sandwiched that effort with a carry on the third-place 4×100 relay team and a fourth-place finish in the 200 in 22.40. But when you combine her time in the 100H and the 200, it adds up to the quickest single-day double in those events in world history, topping the previous mark set by Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Earlier during the outdoor campaign, Brown won the SEC title in the 100H and back in March, she placed fifth at NCAAs in the 60H. Brown is Arkansas’ first finalist for the women’s award since 2011 when Tina Sutej graced the stage.

David, a senior from Lamentin, Guadeloupe, scored the most combined points at the NCAA Championships this year for her gender. The Gator amassed a staggering total of 34 points after winning two individual titles (indoor triple jump/outdoor long jump), finishing runner-up in the outdoor triple jump and a third-place effort in the indoor long jump. David registered some big marks along the way, too. Her best performance in the outdoor triple jump, which came in a winning effort at the SEC Championships, was 14.35m (47-1) and left her as the second best performer with the third best performance in collegiate history. Then it was in the Lone Star State where David soared 6.84m (22-5½) to win the NCAA long jump crown and matched the seventh best performer and the 10th best performance in collegiate history. She is the only woman in NCAA history with top-10 marks in both the outdoor long jump and outdoor triple jump. David also swept the horizontal jump titles at the SEC Indoor & Outdoor Championships, something only one other woman had done. She is Florida’s first-ever finalist for the women’s award.

Richardson, a freshman from Dallas, Texas, culminated a remarkable first year at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. The Tiger smashed a 30-year-old collegiate record in the 100 when she scorched the track to the tune of 10.75 in the final and became just the third freshman to win that event in NCAA DI history. That performance came after she anchored LSU to a runner-up finish in the 4×100 relay and before she finished second in the 200 with the fifth fastest mark in collegiate history of 22.17. Both of her marks in the open events were superior to current World U20 records. Prior to all of that, Richardson became the only freshman in SEC history to sweep the 100, 200 and be part of a winning 4×100 relay team at the conference championships. Back in March, Richardson placed seventh in the 60 at the NCAA DI Indoor Championships. Richardson is LSU’s first finalist for the women’s award since 2012 when Kimberlyn Duncan won The Bowerman.

Fan voting for The Bowerman begins Thursday, June 20, following the announcement of the men’s finalists and runs through Thursday, June 27.

Paper voting for past winners, The Bowerman Advisory Board and select media personnel, statisticians and collegiate administrators begins Thursday, June 20 and will conclude Friday, July 19.

Brown, David and Richardson 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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