The Bowerman: A Closer Look At The 2019 Fan Vote

The Bowerman Fan Vote might have wrapped up last Thursday with Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech and Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU winning their respective gender’s titles, but we still have A LOT to digest.

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For those who don’t know, fans have had a say in which finalists win The Bowerman each year since the award’s inception in 2009. Winners of The Bowerman Fan Vote both receive one first-place vote for The Bowerman, which is handed out every December at the annual USTFCCCA Convention. And while The Bowerman Fan Vote is a small drop in the bucket, it’s important because it can give a potential winner a leg up.

So how did those world-class sprinters get a head start on the competition in the race for collegiate track & field’s highest honor? Well, it’s easy to see when you look at the numbers.

The Bowerman Fan Vote – Most Votes Per Day

Date
Athlete Name
Votes
Thursday, June 20
Grant Holloway, Florida
2082
Friday, June 21
Sha’Carri Richardson, LSU
9447
Saturday, June 22
Sha’Carri Richardson, LSU
4812
Sunday, June 23
Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech
2998
Monday, June 24
Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech
3103
Tuesday, June 25
Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech
3535
Wednesday, June 26
Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech
1834
Thursday, June 27
Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech
2564

Oduduru and Richardson hauled in the most votes on seven of the eight days. The former Red Raider was the biggest beneficiary of that as he snagged the most votes from Sunday, June 23, to the end of the election on Thursday. The former Tiger had the most votes on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, including an otherwordly total of 9,447 on Friday, which dwarfed the second best day by the other five finalists by nearly 3,000 votes.

And you can see that Holloway earned the most votes out of any finalist on Thursday, June 20. What you don’t see is that Yanis David, his Florida counterpart, finished just one vote shy of the women’s lead that day (Richardson had 1507, compared to David’s 1506).

Let’s now take a look at how many votes per cast per day.

The Bowerman Fan Vote – Totals Per Day

Date
Men’s Total
Women’s Total
Total Votes
Thursday, June 20
4149
3376
7525
Friday, June 21
14,814
13,003
27,817
Saturday, June 22
8445
7036
15,481
Sunday, June 23
5156
3647
8803
Monday, June 24
6026
4680
10,706
Tuesday, June 25
6057
3983
10,040
Wednesday, June 26
4241
3014
7255
Thursday, June 27
4483
2762
7245
Final Totals
53,371
41,501
94,872

The first full day of voting was the largest as 27,817 votes poured in on Friday, June 21. That was 29.3 percent of the overall total.

If you want a better understanding of just how massive that day was, there were 25,988 total votes on the first three days of The Bowerman Fan Vote in 2018 combined.

And as we mentioned before, the 53,371 votes on the men’s finalists in 2019 was an all-time high, smashing the previous mark of 45,586. That’s 7,785 more than 2018 – or a full-day total in 2019 from Thursday, June 20, Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27.

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