By: Sean Cartell
SEC Digital Network
ORLANDO, Fla. – LSU sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan on Wednesday night became the Southeastern Conference’s first-ever recipient of The Bowerman, the highest honor in the sport of collegiate track and field, as presented at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.
Now in its fourth year, The Bowerman is collegiate track and field's equivalent to the Heisman Trophy and is presented annually by the US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to the nation's premier male and female athlete at the collegiate level each season. This year's finalists were announced by the USTFCCCA on June 29.
In 2012, Duncan’s junior season, she defended her NCAA Indoor and Outdoor titles in the 200-meter dash, while claiming four All-America honors and five SEC titles over the course of the season. She was selected as the NCAA Division I National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA and also captured the Honda Sports Award for women’s track and field.
Duncan recorded a personal-best time of 22.19 in the 200m at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships and also finished as the NCAA runner-up in the 100m. She shattered the SEC Championships meet record to win the 100m (10.96) at the SEC Outdoor Championships in Baton Rouge and also defended her 200m crown with a wind-aided 22.12, which went down as the third-fastest time in collegiate history under all conditions. Duncan was the SEC and NCAA Indoor 200m champion and also earned All-SEC honors in the 60m.
Florida’s Tony McQuay also was a finalist for the men’s award, which went to Southern Utah’s Cam Levins on Wednesday.
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