The Bowerman: 2021 Men’s Finalists

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

JuVaughn Harrison of LSU, Cole Hocker of Oregon and Turner Washington of Arizona State were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board as the most outstanding athletes in collegiate men’s track & field during the 2021 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. Harrison, Hocker and Washington combined for a staggering 10 NCAA individual titles – each finalist winning at least three – and a slew of all-time top-10 performances, including one collegiate record.

THE BOWERMAN HISTORY: Past Winners & Finalists (2009-2019)
FINALIST FACT SHEETS: JuVaughn Harrison | Cole Hocker | Turner Washington

The Bowerman Advisory Board is a panel of track & field experts from around the nation who select the finalists based on performances recorded during the 2021 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. Only performances from December 1, 2020, through the conclusion of the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, were eligible for consideration. That means any marks or performances from the recently completed U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field weren’t considered.

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).

Hocker, who hails from Indianapolis, Indiana, starred in mid-distance and distance events throughout the collegiate track & field cycle. He won three NCAA titles – becoming just the third man in NCAA DI history to sweep the mile and 3000 at the NCAA Indoor Championships and add the 1500 crown outdoors, joining Marty Liquori of Villanova and Joe Falcon of Arkansas – and finished fourth in the outdoor 5000 after doubling back from the 1500 less than two hours earlier. Hocker sizzled the track in each of those title-winning races, setting a meet record in the indoor mile at 3:53.71 and barely missing meet records in both the indoor 3000 and outdoor 1500 by a total of 0.26 seconds. Earlier in the year, Hocker clocked the second-fastest mile in collegiate indoor history (3:50.55) and moved up to No. 8 on the all-time world chart in that event, in addition to helping Oregon set an all-time world best in the DMR with a blistering 2:49.89 opening split for 1200 meters.

Washington, who hails from Tucson, Arizona, became just the third man in NCAA DI history to sweep the indoor and outdoor shot-put titles and add a discus crown all in the same year (John Godina of UCLA and 2010 The Bowerman finalist Ryan Whiting of Arizona State are the others). In a word, though, Washington was dominant in 2021. Washington ended the year with eight of the top-10 seasonal marks in the discus, seven of the top-10 seasonal marks in the outdoor shot put and four of the top-10 seasonal marks in the indoor shot put, including the collegiate record of 21.85m (71-8¼). Don’t forget that Washington also hit a huge mark of 66.26m (217-5) in the discus, which made him the No. 7 performer in collegiate history. That allowed Washington to be the only man in collegiate history with current all-time top-10 efforts in both the discus and any shot put.

Fan voting for The Bowerman begins today on TheBowerman.org and runs through Tuesday, July 20.

Harrison, Hocker and Washington will be feted on Friday, December 17, at the annual USTFCCCA Convention, which will be held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida. One of these three incredible athletes will take home collegiate track & field’s highest 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
  • Galen Rupp, 2009 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ashton Eaton, 2010 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Ngoni Makusha, 2011 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Cam Levins, 2012 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Derek Drouin, 2013 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Deon Lendore, 2014 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Marquis Dendy, 2015 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jarrion Lawson, 2016 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Christian Coleman, 2017 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Michael Norman, 2018 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Grant Holloway, 2019 men’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jenny Barringer, 2009 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Queen Harrison, 2010 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jessica Beard, 2011 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Kimberlyn Duncan, 2012 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Brianna Rollins, 2013 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Laura Roesler, 2014 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Jenna Prandini, 2015 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Courtney Okolo, 2016 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Raevyn Rogers, 2017 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Keturah Orji, 2018 women’s winner of The Bowerman
  • Sha’Carri Richardson, 2019 women’s winner 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 will open Wednesday, July 14 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

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

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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