The Bowerman: 2021 Fan Vote & USTFCCCA Membership Vote Results

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

JuVaughn Harrison and Tara Davis won a hotly-contested The Bowerman Fan Vote, while Harrison and Athing Mu captured the USTFCCCA Membership Vote by sizeable margins. More than 57,000 votes were tabulated in The Bowerman Fan Vote over six days.

2021 The Bowerman – Fan Vote Results

Men’s Finalists
Women’s Finalists
Name
Program
Name
Program
JuVaughn Harrison
LSU
Tara Davis
Texas
Cole Hocker
Oregon
Athing Mu
Texas A&M
Turner Washington
Arizona State
Tyra Gittens
Texas A&M

2021 The Bowerman – USTFCCCA Membership Vote

Men’s Finalists
Women’s Finalists
Name
Program
Name
Program
JuVaughn Harrison
LSU
Athing Mu
Texas A&M
Cole Hocker
Oregon
Tyra Gittens
Texas A&M
Turner Washington
Arizona State
Tara Davis
Texas

The order of Men’s Finalists was the same for The Bowerman Fan Vote and the USTFCCCA Membership Vote (Harrison-Hocker-Washington). The order of the Women’s Finalists changed between The Bowerman Fan Vote (Davis-Mu-Gittens) and the USTFCCCA Membership Vote (Mu-Gittens-Davis).

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 2019, as well as votes from select media personnel, statisticians and collegiate administrators.

Here is more information about each of those winners…

JuVaughn Harrison, LSU
The Bowerman Fan Vote – Men’s Winner
USTFCCCA Membership Vote – Men’s Winner

Harrison, who hails from Huntsville, Alabama, proved himself worthy of the nickname “Mr. Jumps.” Not only did Harrison become the first athlete in NCAA DI history to win both the high jump and long jump in the same year at the NCAA Indoor Championships, but he also doubled back to complete the sweep once again at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, giving him four NCAA titles in 2021. Harrison wrote his name all over the all-time collegiate charts, equaling the second-best clearance in the outdoor high jump at 2.36m (7-8¾) as part of a perfect 7-for-7 effort at the SEC Outdoor Championships and moving up to No. 3 in the indoor long jump at 8.45m (27-8¾) and No. 6 in the outdoor long jump at 8.44m (27-8¼). That mark in the indoor long jump occurred during his winning series at the NCAA Indoor Championships, where Harrison conquered the strongest field in meet history (It was the only final with four men over 8.10m (26-7), besting the previous best of three from 1993).

Tara Davis, Texas
The Bowerman Fan Vote – Women’s Winner

Davis, who hails from Agoura Hills, California, swept the NCAA long jump titles and unified the collegiate indoor and outdoor records in that event – a combination last seen in the same year by Carol Lewis in 1983. Her collegiate records and first NCAA crown all came within the span of three weeks in March. It was at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas, where her effort of 6.93m (22-9) not only topped the podium, but broke the collegiate indoor record previously shared by Whitney Gipson and Elva Goulbourne. Just two weeks later, Davis captured the event crown at the Texas Relays with a leap of 7.14m (23-5¼) to smash a 35-year-old collegiate outdoor record held by the legendary Jackie Joyner. Davis’ undefeated outdoor season in the long jump got even better, as she added three marks that equaled the fourth-best performance on the all-time chart. She capped the year with a come-from-behind victory at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, where she soared 6.70m (21-11¾) in Round 5 to secure the sweep. Don’t forget that Davis also won the 100 hurdles at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships.

Athing Mu, Texas A&M
USTFCCCA Membership Vote – Women’s Winner

Mu, who hails from Trenton, New Jersey, accumulated four collegiate records and 10 all-time top-10 marks in individual events during her lone collegiate year and added blazing anchor legs to polish off a pair of record-setting relays. Indoors, Mu obliterated collegiate records in both the 600 (1:25.80) and 800 (1:58.40) with additional all-time top-10 efforts in each event. Between those, Mu went 50.52 over 400 meters for the fifth-fastest performance in collegiate indoor history. Mu would later finish runner-up in that event at the NCAA Indoor Championships and anchored the Aggies to 4×400 victory with a 49.54 split, the fastest ever recorded in world history. It didn’t take long for Mu to leave her mark outdoors, unifying the 800-meter collegiate records with a scintillating 1:57.73 effort in mid-April at the Michael Johnson Invitational. That would be Mu’s last 800 as a collegian as she eschewed the event to focus on the 400 in the postseason. Mu targeted 2016 The Bowerman winner Courtney Okolo’s collegiate record in the event of 49.71 and got progressively quicker each time out: 50.04 in the prelims at the SEC Outdoor Championships; 49.84 in the final at the SEC Outdoor Championships; 49.68, to break the collegiate record, at the NCAA DI West Preliminary Round in College Station, Texas; 49.57, to win her only NCAA individual title and lower the CR, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

The Bowerman Presentation is scheduled for Friday, December 17.

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