Sunday, 09 July 2017 09:13

What 2017 Finalists For The Bowerman Have In Common

Similarities pull finalists for The Bowerman together.

Like back in 2009 and 2010, the respective women’s and men’s finalists saw quite a bit of each other throughout the collegiate track & field season and even more when they convened for The Bowerman Presentation at the annual USTFCCCA Convention.

That’s because in 2009 all of the women’s finalists were from the Big 12. Eventual winner Jenny Barringer hailed from Colorado, Destinee Hooker competed at Texas and Porscha Lucas spent her collegiate years at Texas A&M.

The following year all of the men’s finalists starred at Pac-12 institutions, headlined by the Oregon duo of Ashton Eaton (winner) and Andrew Wheating as well as Arizona’s Ryan Whiting.

Conference affiliation ties the men’s finalists in 2017 together. Christian Coleman, Fred Kerley and Lindon Victor all competed in the SEC. Coleman broke collegiate records at Tennessee, while Kerley and Victor did so at Texas A&M.

Coleman, Kerley and Victor also all dominated their respective individual finals. Coleman won his four NCAA titles by an average of 10 one-hundredths of a second (Not bad considering they were all short sprint crowns). Kerley crossed the finish line of the open 400 indoors and outdoors more than a half second ahead of the runner-up. Victor rolled to the decathlon crown by 209 points.

The women’s finalists in 2017 also all broke collegiate records this past track & field cycle. Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen shattered the hammer record, Georgia’s Keturah Orji unified the triple jump records by securing the indoor standard and Oregon’s Raevyn Rogers nabbed the outdoor 800-meter record and chipped in as the Ducks’ relay teams went wild.

Ewen, Orji and Rogers also each scored more than 20 combined points at NCAAs. Orji led the way with 34 (18 outdoors, 16 indoors), Ewen finished a close second with 29 (21 outdoors, 8 indoors) and Rogers totaled 24.5 (12.5 outdoors, 12 indoors).

This is also the first year that all three women’s finalists could return for another collegiate track & field campaign. Ewen, Orji and Rogers would all enter their senior year in the fall of 2017.

Which athletes will win The Bowerman? Find out December 15.

NCAA Announces Support for LA 2024

LOS ANGELES - The National Collegiate Athletic Association is adding its support for Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. College sports continue to provide a pathway to Olympic competition.

with nearly one in 10 of Rio 2016 Olympians from 160 National Olympic Committees having trained at America’s colleges and universities. If Los Angeles is selected as the 2024 Host City, American universities would continue to provide unparalleled training opportunities for the world’s athletes. LA’s campus facilities would host the Olympic and Paralympic Athlete Village, provide training facilities, and serve as the aquatics, badminton, judo and wrestling competition venues.

LA 2024 is an athlete-led bid and is committed to creating the most personalized and positive Games experience for Olympians and Paralympians. By engaging more than 500 Olympians and Paralympians at athlete town hall forums across the nation, LA 2024 has incorporated an unprecedented amount of athlete feedback into its bid.
The support from the NCAA is part of the #FollowTheSun to Olympic Agenda 2020 campaign: 20 activities in 20 days to show how LA 2024 will contribute to the IOC’s strategic roadmap for the future of the Olympic Movement, Olympic Agenda 2020. The support from the NCAA demonstrates LA 2024’s commitment to Olympic Agenda 2020’s Recommendation 18 - supporting athletes on and off the field of play.

The Association’s formal support of the bid is rooted in its core value of providing opportunities for student-athletes, said NCAA President Mark Emmert.
NCAA President Mark Emmert said: “Many Olympians first get their start training and competing at NCAA colleges and universities, and I am thrilled to add our organization’s support to this athlete-led bid for the 2024 Games. Our member campuses are very excited to be a part of this world-class event as well, as the Los Angeles games will utilize the many outstanding facilities of our colleges and universities in the region for training and competition. Overall, the LA Games will showcase everything that is great about American sports and college sports in particular.”

Janet Evans, four-time Olympic champion, LA 2024 Vice Chair and Director of Athlete Relations said: “LA 2024 is grateful for the NCAA’s support. As a former NCAA student-athlete, I know the impact and importance of college competition to Olympic competition. The unforgettable performances by NCAA student-athletes have and will continue to inspire the next generation and unite the world in celebration.

“As an athlete-led bid, we’re committed to placing athletes at the center of all of our activities and college athletics are crucial to that effort. LA's universities will provide an unparalleled Athlete Village experience and state-of-the-art competition venues. With no new permanent venues to build, LA 2024 is able to focus on meeting and exceeding athletes’ needs and providing a spectacular Games experience for everyone.”