The Bowerman: 2022 Women’s Finalists

NEW ORLEANS – Women’s finalists for The Bowerman, collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor, were announced on Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

Anna Hall of Florida, Camryn Rogers of California and Abby Steiner of Kentucky were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board as the most outstanding athletes in collegiate women’s track & field during the 2022 indoor and outdoor seasons. Hall, Rogers and Steiner combined for six individual NCAA titles (five individual, one relay), a share of five collegiate records and 22 all-time top-10 performances in the collegiate record books.

THE BOWERMAN HISTORYPast Winners & Finalists (2009-2021)
FINALIST FACT SHEETSAnna Hall | Camryn Rogers | Abby Steiner

The Bowerman Advisory Board is a panel of track & field experts from around the nation who select finalists based on performances recorded during the 2022 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. Only performances from December 1, 2021, through the conclusion of the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, were eligible for consideration. That means any marks or performances from the recently-completed USATF Outdoor Championships weren’t considered (Voting for The Bowerman closes on July 15, so anything that happens at the World Athletics Championships won’t be eligible, either).

Hall, who hails from Highland Ranch, Colorado, dominated the combined events like no other in 2022. Indoors, Hall moved to No. 4 all-time in the pentathlon with 4618 points and captured the NCAA title with another near 4600-point effort (4586, to be exact). Outdoors, Hall made the heptathlon look like a walk in the park, putting up three all-time top-10 performances, including her 6458-point total to win the U.S. title and move up to No. 2 behind longtime record-holder Diane Guthrie. Hall closed out her victory at the USATF Combined Event Championships with a jaw-dropping, 2:03.11 800-meter run that was the fastest ever recorded by an American in the seven-eventer (To wit: Hall was ranked No. 20 on the final Descending Order List in the 800 with the mark she ran at the end of a heptathlon). Hall then attempted an unfathomable double at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships, trying to win both the heptathlon and the 400-meter hurdles. The Florida standout won the heptathlon and finished runner-up in the 400H – which was contested some 24 minutes before the heptathlon’s concluding 800 meters – giving the Gators 18 points, which propelled them to their first outdoor team title in program history. Hall joins Tyra Gittens (2021) and Brianne Theisen (2012) as the only combined event athletes to be named women’s finalists in The Bowerman history.

Rogers, who hails from Richmond, British Columbia, took a literal hammer to the collegiate record book – and then some. How good was Rogers in 2022? Try breaking her own collegiate record in the hammer throw three times in the span of two months. Those three performances are among the top-4 in collegiate history, where Rogers’ name is dominant with all of the top-10 performances (eight from this year). Her first raising of the CR this year came in April’s Mt. SAC Relays at 75.73m (248-6), which also equaled the Canadian record. The second improvement of the standard came when only a safe effort was needed at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, but Rogers let it fly for the event’s first collegiate 250-footer at 76.46m (250-10). At the NCAA Championships, she held a slim lead after three rounds, as two women collegians surpassed 245-0 (74.68m) for the first time history, but Rogers exploded for a fifth-round 77.67m (254-10) to add four feet to the CR for the event’s largest improvement since 2006 and move her up to No. 9 in world history. It was her third NCAA title in the hammer, tying the most for a woman. Indoors, she competed in the weight throw and moved to =No. 10 collegian all-time at 24.06m (78-11¼) in finishing third at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Rogers is the second thrower to be named a women’s finalist in The Bowerman history, joining two-time finalist Maggie Ewen in 2017 and 2018.

Steiner, who hails from Dublin, Ohio, started and finished the year in record fashion. Her first collegiate record took down one of the oldest on the books when she clocked 35.80 in December over 300 meters to break the 40-year-old mark of 35.83 set by Merlene Ottey. Steiner then lowered the 200 CR twice, first to 22.37 and finally to a blistering 22.09 at the SEC Indoor Championships in attaining the American record as well. Then came the NCAA DI Indoor Championships, where she seized the NCAA 200-meter title in a meet-record 22.16 and finished runner-up in the 60 with a PR of 7.10. Outdoors, Steiner seemed to make history in every race. Start with the then-200 outdoor PR of 22.38 in April – sprinted into a 5.6 m/s headwind, no less. At the SEC Outdoor Championships, Steiner contributed the fastest split (48.78) on UK’s record-setting 4×400 relay team (3:21.93) in addition to three runner-up finishes in the 100, 200 and 4×100 relay. Steiner capped her incredible year with a scintillating effort at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships: a collegiate-record setting 21.80 effort to win the 200, which made her the first woman to own both the indoor and outdoor 200-meter CRs since Ottey; a runner-up finish in the 100, where she PR’d in 10.90; and a blazing third leg on the Wildcats’ 4×400 relay – 48.92, the second-fastest in meet history – that brought them from fourth to first. She joins Keni Harrison (2015) and Sydney McLaughlin (2018) as the only finalists for The Bowerman in program history.

Fan voting for The Bowerman begins Tuesday, June 28 on TheBowerman.org and runs through June 30.

Hall, Rogers and Steiner will be feted on Thursday, December 15, during the annual USTFCCCA Convention, which will be held at the Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center outside of Denver, Colorado. One of those threeSU athletes will take home collegiate track & field’s highest individual 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
  • Select media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators
  • Past winners 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 opened on Tuesday, June 28 at 4 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

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

2021
Winner: JuVaughn Harrison, LSU
Finalist: Cole Hocker, Oregon
Finalist: Turner Washington, Arizona State

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

2021
Winner: Athing Mu, Texas A&M
Finalist: Tara Davis, Texas
Finalist: Tyra Gittens, Texas A&M

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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