ESPN’s John Anderson Returns To Host The Bowerman Presentation

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association is pleased to announce John Anderson of ESPN returns as this year’s host for the The Bowerman Presentation.

Anderson, a fan-favorite ESPN personality, will be back emceeing The Bowerman for the eighth time on Friday, December 17 at 7 pm ET at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida.

“We are thrilled to once again welcome John Anderson back to host The Bowerman,” USTFCCCA CEO Sam Seemes said. “John’s quick wit and charisma as the host of seven previous Bowerman shows is outshined only by his commitment to the sport of track & field, and we are grateful to have a host of his caliber back on board.”

Anderson, who competed in track & field at the University of Missouri, is a fixture covering NCAA Championships in cross country and track & field, in addition to his duties as a regular SportsCenter anchor.

This year’s finalists are JuVaughn Harrison of LSU, Cole Hocker of Oregon and Turner Washington of Arizona State for the men and Tara Davis of Texas, Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M and Athing Mu of Texas A&M for the women.

Harrison proved himself worthy of the nickname “Mr. Jumps,” as he swept the NCAA indoor and outdoor high jump and long jump titles and etched his name into the collegiate record book in three of those events (outdoor high jump and both long jumps).

Hocker starred in mid-distance and distance events throughout 2021, becoming just the third man in NCAA Division I history to sweep the mile and 3000 indoors and add the 1500 crown outdoors. He also finished fourth in the outdoor 5000 and notched numerous all-time marks.

Washington ruled in both the cage and ring in 2021, as he became just the third man in NCAA Division I history to win both shot-put titles and the discus crown in the same year. He ended the year with eight of the top-10 seasonal marks in the discus, seven of the top-10 in the outdoor shot put and four of the top-10 in the indoor shot put, including the collegiate record.

Davis 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 back in March.

Gittens scored the most team points out of any individual at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships, regardless of gender. When all was said and done, Gittens amassed 50 points behind three NCAA titles, one runner-up finish and two more third-place efforts.

Mu accumulated four collegiate records and ten 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. Her individual collegiate records are in the indoor 600, indoor 800, outdoor 400 and the outdoor 800.

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