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    Fan Voting For The Bowerman Has Begun

    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – With two Southeastern Conference student-athletes on the ballot, online fan voting is now underway for The Bowerman, the nation’s top award for collegiate track and field athletes. Three men and three women are finalists for the award and fans can help determine this year’s winner.

    Voting will be conducted at TheBowerman.org through Tuesday, July 24 and its results will amount to one full vote in the overall balloting process.

    LSU sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan is featured on the women’s ballot, while Florida sprinter Tony McQuay is on the men’s ballot.

    Paper balloting by The Bowerman Advisory Board, past winners, selected media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators, is also underway until later this month. An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate, and certify final results and will keep the result secret until the envelope is opened in December.

    The award, in its fourth year of existence, will be presented in a ceremony at the USTFCCCA Convention on December 19 at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.

    The Bowerman Finalists, 2012 Men

    ·         Cam Levins, Southern Utah
    ·         Tony McQuay, Florida
    ·         Andrew Riley, Illinois

    The Bowerman Finalists, 2012 Women

    ·         Brigetta Barrett, Arizona
    ·         Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
    ·         Brianne Theisen, Oregon

    The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athlete in the nation. The award is named for is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

    Florida State’s Ngoni Makusha and Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard are the reigning winners of The Bowerman. Makusha won bronze in the long jump at 2011 World Championships.

    Past winners include decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010) and 2011 World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

    Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in 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.

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