The Bowerman: Fan Vote & USTFCCCA Membership Vote Results

NEW ORLEANS – Collegiate track & field fans and USTFCCCA members made their choices.

Trey Cunningham and Abby Steiner won The Bowerman Fan Vote, which was hotly-contested once again, while Randolph Ross, Jr. and Steiner took top honors from the USTFCCCA Membership Vote. More than 30,000 votes per day were tabulated in The Bowerman Fan Vote over the past 48 hours, smashing the previous record of 16,000 per day set back in 2016.

2022 The Bowerman – Fan Vote Results

Men’s Finalists
 
Women’s Finalists
Name
Program
 
Name
Program
Trey Cunningham
Florida State
 
Abby Steiner
Kentucky
Randolph Ross, Jr.
North Carolina A&T
 
Anna Hall
Florida
Ayden Owens-Delerme
Arkansas
 
Camryn Rogers
California

2022 The Bowerman – USTFCCCA Membership Vote

Men’s Finalists
 
Women’s Finalists
Name
Program
 
Name
Program
Randolph Ross, Jr.
North Carolina A&T
 
Abby Steiner
Kentucky
Trey Cunningham
Florida State
 
Anna Hall
Florida
Ayden Owens-Delerme
Arkansas
 
Camryn Rogers
California

The order of the Men’s Fan Vote and the USTFCCCA Membership Vote were nearly identical, like both versions of the Women’s Vote, but Cunningham and Ross switched places between them. Otherwise, Ayden Owens-Delerme finished third in both versions of the Men’s Vote, while Anna Hall and Camryn Rogers were second and third, respectively, in both versions of the Women’s Vote.

Remember: The Bowerman Fan Vote and USTFCCCA Membership Vote might give finalists a leg up on the others, but it’s just a small portion of the overall tally, which also includes ballots from The Bowerman Advisory Board, each of the past winners of The Bowerman from 2009 to 2021, as well as votes from select media personnel, statisticians and collegiate administrators.

Looking back through the history of The Bowerman Fan Vote, only five of the 12 men’s winners and five of the 12 women’s winners would win collegiate track & field’s highest honor later that year: Ngoni Makusha (2011), Cam Levins (2012), Deon Lendore (2014), Jarrion Lawson (2016) and JuVaughn Harrison (2021) on the men’s side; Jenny Barringer (2009), Jessica Beard (2011), Laura Roesler (2014), Raevyn Rogers (2017) and Sha’Carri Richardson (2019) on the women’s side.

Here is more information about each of those winners from 2022.

Trey Cunningham, Florida State
The Bowerman Fan Vote – Men’s Winner

Cunningham, who hails from Winfield, Alabama, had a year unlike any other over the hurdles in collegiate history, counting 2019 The Bowerman winner Grant Holloway (in some instances). The Florida State star swept the hurdling titles at the 2022 NCAA Championships with the second-fastest efforts by a collegian ever: 7.38 in the 60H; 13.00 in the 110H. Between the time he debuted at the Clemson Invitational in mid-January to the time to completed the indoor-outdoor sweep in Eugene, Oregon, Cunningham posted seven combined all-time top-10 hurdling marks. Cunningham had more 7.42 or faster marks in the 60H than anybody in collegiate history (four) and more 13.22 or faster marks in the 110H than anybody in collegiate history (nine). He is the second finalist for The Bowerman in program history, joining 2011 The Bowerman winner Ngoni Makusha.

Randolph Ross, Jr., North Carolina A&T
USTFCCCA Membership Vote – Men’s Winner

Ross, who hails from Garner, North Carolina, went undefeated over 400 meters during the 2022 collegiate season. He polished off that unblemished record with a victory at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships. Indoors, Ross asserted his dominance in the two-lapper and became the only man in collegiate history with two all-time top-10 marks in the event – in the same season, no less – headlined by his 44.62 scorcher to win the NCAA title. That also made him the third-fastest man in world history behind 2018 The Bowerman winner Michael Norman and Kerron Clement, both of whom clocked their marks as collegians. The North Carolina A&T standout only got faster as the outdoor season progressed, opening with a 45.15 winner at the Tom Jones Memorial and clocking a 44.13 season best in Eugene, Oregon. Ross is the first finalist from an HBCU institution in The Bowerman history.

Abby Steiner, Kentucky
The Bowerman Fan Vote – Women’s Winner
USTFCCCA Membership Vote – Women’s Winner

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 Sydney McLaughlin (2018) as the only finalists for The Bowerman in program history.

The Bowerman Presentation is scheduled for Thursday, December 15.

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