How Maggie Ewen Could Win The Bowerman Award

This week, FloTrack will introduce you to all six Bowerman finalists ahead of Friday's Bowerman Awards, which will crown one male and one female as the best track and field athletes in the NCAA for the 2017 season. You can watch the awards ceremony live from Phoenix on FloTrack here.

ATHLETE: Maggie Ewen
YEAR: RS JUNIOR
COLLEGE: Arizona State
EVENT: Throws

NCAA ACCOLADES IN 2017: 

- Broke the NCAA record in the hammer throw with a mark of 73.32m/240-7
- Won the NCAA hammer throw title
- Earned four more NCAA Division I All-American honors: runner-up in outdoor discus, fourth in indoor shot put, sixth in weight throw, sixth in outdoor shot put
- Swept the throwing events at the Pac-12 Outdoor Championships (hammer, shot put, discus)
- MPSF Indoor champion in the weight throw

Why She Will Win: By earning All-American honors in three different events at the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships, Ewen was the highest-scoring female athlete of the event with 21 total points. The redshirt junior pulled a clutch move by performing her best when it mattered most in breaking the NCAA hammer throw record at the NCAA Championships. Ewen is the first collegiate woman to throw further than 240 feet and her mark broke the 10-year-old record of 72.94m/239-4, set by Jenny Dahlgren in 2007.

The Bowerman Award voting is based solely on athletes' accomplishments within the confines of the NCAA season, but — to show how dominant Ewen is in her event — it's worth noting the 22-year-old was the USATF Championships runner-up and made the world team.

Why She Won't Win: A field event athlete has never won the Bowerman Award on the women's side, so Bowerman voters would have to pick against tradition for Ewen to pull off an upset.

Maggie Ewen talks to the media after breaking the collegiate record in the hammer throw:

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