The Bowerman: Oduduru, Richardson Capture 2019 Fan Vote Crowns

NEW ORLEANS – Collegiate track & field fans have spoken!

Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech and Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU were crowned champions of The Bowerman Fan Vote in 2019 and have a head start on the rest of the competitors.

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The Bowerman Fan Vote: Through The Years (2009-18)

Oduduru and Richardson both receive one first-place vote in the overall tally for The Bowerman, which includes ballots from The Bowerman Advisory Board, each of the past winners, one uniform vote from members of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), as well as select media personnel, statisticians and collegiate administrators. The Florida duo of Grant Holloway and Yanis David finished second in their respective elections and will each receive one second-place vote, while Mondo Duplantis of LSU and Janeek Brown of Arkansas finished third and will each receive one third-place vote.

The Bowerman Fan Vote Final Standings – 2019

Men’s Finalists Pct Women’s Finalists Pct
1st Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech 48.8 Sha’Carri Richardson, LSU 61.7
2nd Grant Holloway, Florida 32.7 Yanis David, Florida 30.0
3rd Mondo Duplantis, LSU 18.5 Janeek Brown, Arkansas 8.3

It was another record-breaking year for The Bowerman Fan Vote, as supporters turned out in droves for the six finalists, specifically the three men’s finalists. There were a total of 53,371 votes registered for Oduduru, Holloway and Duplantis, smashing the previous all-time high of 45,586 that was set last year.

When it comes to the Men’s Fan Vote, Oduduru nearly pulled in half of those votes by himself. Oduduru, who won three NCAA titles in 2019, went sub-10 and sub-20 on three different occasions and clocked the second fastest performances in collegiate history in three different events, earned 48.8 percent of the overall tally. He is just the third man in the history of The Bowerman Fan Vote to top the 48-percent mark (Deon Lendore in 2014 and Cam Levins in 2012) and the 16.1-percent spread is the second largest margin of victory in the Men’s Fan Vote (Lendore won by 19.7 percent).

Holloway, who scored more points at the NCAA Championships this year than any other athlete and shattered a trio of collegiate records, made a strong push at the end thanks to his hometown of Chesapeake, Virginia, turning out in bunches. It helped Holloway close the gap on Oduduru and earned the star hurdler 32.7 percent of the vote. Duplantis, who unified the collegiate records in the pole vault and won the NCAA indoor crown, finished a distant third at 18.5 percent.

The result of the Women’s Fan Vote was never in doubt as Richardson sprinted away with it. Richardson, who smashed a 30-year-old collegiate record in the 100 and ran the fifth fastest mark in collegiate history in the outdoor 200, amassed 61.7 percent of the vote. The native of Dallas, Texas, is just the second woman in the history of The Bowerman Fan Vote to cross the 60-percent threshold and is also second to that same woman in margin of victory (Brianne Theisen emerged victorious in 2012 with 65.7 percent of the vote and a 41.5-percent margin).

David, who scored 34 points at the NCAA Championships and is the only woman in collegiate history with top-10 marks in the outdoor long jump and outdoor triple jump, surged late and finished with 30.0 percent. Brown, who matched the second fastest performer with the second fastest performance in collegiate history in the 100 Meter Hurdles and turned in the fastest single-day double in world history in the 100H and 200, ended up with 8.3 percent.

Collegiate track & field’s highest honor will be awarded on Thursday, December 19, at the annual USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Florida.

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 Bowerman Fan Vote and the USTFCCCA Membership Vote closed Thursday night.

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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