The Bowerman Will Not Be Presented In 2020

NEW ORLEANS — With great regret, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announces The Bowerman will not be presented in 2020.

“After evaluating all aspects, we decided it is prudent to forgo our normal procedures associated with naming winners for The Bowerman for the 2020 track & field seasons,” said Sam Seemes, CEO of the USTFCCCA. “This decision did not come easily. The presentation of The Bowerman has become a marquee event, and I’m disappointed we are unable to celebrate the outstanding, world-class student-athletes that made a mark on the collegiate track & field landscape this year.”

In March, the 2020 NCAA Indoor Track & Field and NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships were canceled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, while much of the collegiate indoor season, held in the winter, had been contested, it was abruptly halted hours before its conclusion. In addition, the spring outdoor season was effectively canceled as the result of the same announcement.

Both the indoor and outdoor seasons are taken into consideration when awarding The Bowerman. With the cancellation of national championships in both seasons and the lack of opportunities available during the outdoor season, a fair, complete analysis of the competitive seasons of the athletes to be considered was rendered impractical.

The Bowerman will return in 2021 with the release of its Preseason Watch Lists in January.

Since 2009, The Bowerman has been awarded annually to collegiate track & field’s most outstanding male and female performer of the year and is presented at the annual USTFCCCA Convention in December.

Past winners of The Bowerman have left an incredible mark on the world stage over the years. In fact, 15 past winners have combined for 10 Olympic medals — five gold medals — 13 World Championships, 8 World Indoor Championships and 38 total World Championships medals.

Although the presentation of The Bowerman for 2020 has been canceled, the USTFCCCA Convention, held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort outside of Denver, remains scheduled for December 14-17.

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 NCAA 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.

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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

2019
Winner: Grant Holloway, Florida
Finalist: Mondo Duplantis, LSU
Finalist: Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech

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

2019
Winner: Sha’Carri Richardson, LSU
Finalist: Janeek Brown, Arkansas
Finalist: Yanis David, Florida

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The Bowerman Presentation Archive