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: Christian Coleman
COLLEGE: University of Tennessee
NCAA ACCOLADES IN 2017:
- Set the NCAA record in the 100m with a mark of 9.82; the previous record was 9.89, held by 2010 Bowerman Award winner Ngoni Makusha
- Tied the NCAA record in the 60m with a mark of 6.45; Coleman's time is the non-altitude collegiate record
- Won four NCAA Division I titles: 60m, 100m, indoor 200m, outdoor 200m
- Ran the second-fastest 200m times in NCAA history in both the indoor 200m (20.11) and outdoor 200m (19.85)
- Became the eighth man in world history to break 10 seconds in the 100m and 20 seconds in the 200m in the same day
- His NCAA 100m record of 9.82 is the fastest time in the world this year
Why He Will Win: Did you read that resume? Coleman specializes in track and field's glamour event, the 100m, and he absolutely dominated this year. He was a force on the global stage, too, not just the collegiate scene — his 9.82 was no fluke, as the 21-year-old powered to a world silver medal in the 100m final ahead of Usain Bolt. Voters will likely take note that 2017 is Coleman's only shot to win the Bowerman, as he opted for a Nike contract instead of his final year of eligibility at Tennessee. Also, Aggie fans may split the vote between Texas A&M's Lindon Victor and Fred Kerley, both of whom are finalists.
Why He Won't Win: Victor and Kerley may earn extra kudos for helping Texas A&M win a close NCAA DI Indoor team title over Florida. And NCAA fans may be bitter to see Coleman leave the college system with two potential seasons of eligibility on the table.
Watch Christian Coleman run 9.82 to break the collegiate record in the semi-finals of the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships: