The Bowerman: Past Winners Shine At 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships

Nine past winners of The Bowerman competed at the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa!

If you know anything about collegiate track & field’s highest honor, it’s that those who hold the iconic 35-pound trophy at the annual USTFCCCA Convention are usually well on their way to success at the domestic and international level.

Let’s take a look at how those past winners of The Bowerman fared at Drake Stadium.

The Bowerman Winners Turned U.S. Champions

Name
Year Won
Event
Mark
Keturah Orji
2018
Women’s Triple Jump
14.56m
Christian Coleman
2017
Men’s 100 Meters
9.99

Other Winners Of The Bowerman On Team USA

Name
Year Won
Event
Place
Michael Norman
2018
Men’s 400 Meters
2nd
Jenny Simpson
2009
Women’s 1500 Meters
2nd
Christian Coleman
2017
Men’s 200 Meters
2nd
Brianna McNeal
2013
Women’s 100 Hurdles
3rd
Raevyn Rogers
2017
Women’s 800 Meters
3rd

Connect Four!

Former Georgia star and 2018 The Bowerman winner Keturah Orji made history on Thursday night as she became the ONLY WOMAN to capture four consecutive U.S. outdoor titles in the triple jump. She and Shani Marks had been the only two women to win three in a row, but Orji surged ahead on Day 1 of the USATF Outdoor Championships.

Orji won the 2019 version of the crown with a mark of 14.56m (47-9.25), which narrowly missed her own meet record of 14.59m (47-10.5) that she set last year.

The Mount Olive, New Jersey, native isn’t a stranger to making history by any stretch of the imagination. Orji is the current collegiate indoor and outdoor record holder and was the only woman in NCAA DI history to win eight career individual titles in field events.

There Goes That (Cole)man, Again!

Christian Coleman was unmatched on Friday in the 100.

After cruising to a victory in his semifinal heat by 0.19 seconds, Coleman turned his attention to the final in search of his second career U.S. title (He won an indoor crown in the 60 last year).

Coleman made that look easy, too.

The 2017 men’s winner of The Bowerman crushed the field as he won by 0.13 seconds over Michael Rodgers.

Coleman returned to the track on Sunday and punched another ticket to Doha in the 200. He finished runner-up to Noah Lyles.

She’s In A Class Of Her Own

Jenny Simpson has been a star on the international scene long before she won The Bowerman.

But after Simpson (nee Barringer) captured collegiate track & field’s highest honor in 2009, things really took off.

Simpson has made every major outdoor global championship since 2007, including three Olympic Games. She won a medal at four of those meets: 2011 IAAF World Championships (gold), 2013 IAAF World Championships (silver), 2016 Rio Olympic Games (bronze), 2017 IAAF World Championships (silver).

The former Colorado standout, who still owns three collegiate records, will contend for a medal in the 1500 come fall.

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