#VoteDrouin: Online The Bowerman Fan Voting Begins Today
July 29, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Fans of collegiate track & field will have their voices heard in the next two weeks as online voting for The Bowerman -- the nation's top award for collegiate track & field student-athletes -- got underway as of noon ET on Monday, July 29. Be sure to vote for Indiana's Derek Drouin and help him become the Big Ten's first The Bowerman winner.
Voting will take place at TheBowerman.org through Tuesday, August 13, to help narrow the three male and three female finalists down to a men's and women's winner who will take home the iconic The Bowerman trophy. The results of the online fan vote will account for one full vote in the overall balloting process.
Voters will choose between Indiana's Drouin, Lawi Lalang of Arizona and Julian Wruck of UCLA for the men's award. The three women's finalists are Arizona's Brigetta Barrett, Stanford's Kori Carter and Clemson's Brianna Rollins.
When placing votes, fans should only consider performances that occurred from the beginning of the indoor season through the end of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Any performance that occurred during that timeframe -- even if it wasn't a purely collegiate competition -- can be counted. Anything before that time (cross country) or after (USA Championships, select Diamond League meetings, etc.) should not factor into the decision.
It was a banner year for Drouin -- the indoor and outdoor USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year -- as he became the first to sweep both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Division I high jump titles in one academic year since he last did so in 2010. The Canadian won at heights of 7-8 (2.34m) or greater and took cracks at collegiate records at both championships. He finished unbeaten in nine collegiate high jump finals between indoors and outdoors, with his only overall loss coming in a tie with fellow The Bowerman semifinalist and rival Erik Kynard of Kansas State at the Nike Prefontaine Classic Diamond League Meeting, where both posted the No. 2 outdoor mark in collegiate history at 7-8¾ (2.36m).
WINNER SELECTION PROCESS
The Bowerman Voters consist of:
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)
An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate, and certify final results and will keep the result secret until the envelope is opened in December.
ABOUT THE BOWERMAN
Past winners include Olympic gold medalist and decathlon world-record holder Ashton Eaton (2010), 10,000-meter Olympic silver medalist Galen Rupp (2009), and 2011 IAAF 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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