The Best Moments In Bowerman History

On Thursday in San Antonio, Texas, the 2018 Bowerman Awards will celebrate a decade of crowning NCAA track and field’s brightest stars. And through those 10 years, the event has featured some of the greatest athletes in collegiate history.

Here are the most memorable moments from collegiate track and field’s red carpet.

Edward Cheserek Shares The Epic Story Of His 12-Hour Run In Kenya

The legend of King Cheserek was already flourishing at the end 2014 after he won three NCAA titles on the track and two straight cross country crowns in just over a year, but his incredible story of traversing rugged Kenyan terrain for 12 hours to take an exam in high school took his aura to new heights.

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Jenny Simpson (née Barringer) Wins First-Ever Bowerman Award In 2009

Colorado senior Jenny Barringer was an unstoppable force on the oval in 2009, setting collegiate records across five (five!) distances in the span of less than four months: indoor mile (4:25.91), indoor 3k (8:42.03, since broken), outdoor 1500m (3:59.90), 3k steeplechase (9:25.54, since broken) and outdoor 5k (15:07.64). Barringer also ran the fastest-ever 5k in NCAA history (15:01.70) at the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle that season as well, which wasn’t eligible for record purposes due to the oversized indoor track.

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Lindon Victor Hilariously Interviews His Aggie Teammate Fred Kerley

Texas A&M teammates Lindon Victor and Fred Kerley both broke collegiate records in 2017 — Victor took down Trey Hardee’s decathlon mark, while Kerley was the first NCAA athlete to dip under 44 seconds for 400m in NCAA history — and the pair decided to have some fun on camera to celebrate their nominations.

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Famed Nike Designer Tinker Hatfield On How The Bowerman Trophy Was Created

Nike and Jordan footwear wouldn’t be where they are today without the innovations of Tinker Hatfield, a former Oregon pole vaulter who was coached by none other than Bill Bowerman himself. In that regard, it only made sense for Hatfield to design the trophy named after one of the sport’s greatest ambassadors.

Hatfield spoke with FloTrack at the inaugural Bowerman Awards in 2009 about how the hardware design came together: 

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Raevyn Rogers Wins Oregon’s Third Bowerman In Four Years In 2017

The Ducks don’t have any finalists in San Antonio this year, but last year, Oregon capped a dominant run of individual standouts with their third female Bowerman winner in four years as 800m star Raevyn Rogers won the trophy. The junior swept indoor and outdoor 800m titles for the second year in a row in 2017, and closed her career in dramatic fashion by anchoring the Ducks to the 4x400m collegiate record (3:23.13) — a victory they needed to win the team title.

Rogers joined former Ducks Laura Roesler (2014) and Jenna Prandini (2015) as Bowerman champions.  

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Shalane Flanagan Retires From Professional Running

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One of the greatest distance runners in American history has retired: Four-time Olympian and 2017 New York City Marathon champion Shalane Flanagan announced on Monday that her incredible professional running career is over after 15 years.

Weekend Recap: NAU Keeps On Chugging, UW States Their Case

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This past weekend of NCAA cross country gave us a much clearer picture of how the rest of the 2019 campaign will unfold. With the Nuttycombe and Pre-National Invitationals bringing together the best squads across the country, team title favorites strengthened their cases while top individuals emerged from the crowded pack to position themselves at the front heading into the postseason.

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Can The Colorado Men Get Another Big Win? | Pre-Nats Men's Preview

We outlined the big questions for the women’s race this Saturday in Terre Haute; now here’s what to watch for in the men’s race. 

The 3 Biggest Questions From The Pre-Nats Women's Race

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Less than 24 hours after the Nuttycombe Invitational, the second big NCAA cross country meet of the weekend gets going in Terre Haute. The Pre Nationals meet at the site of this year’s NCAA Championships features four of the top seven women’s teams in the nation. Here are three big questions that will be answered in the race: 

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Kelati, Werner, Monson Collide At Nuttycombe | Women's Preview

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The women’s race at Friday’s Nuttycombe Invitational in Madison functions as a preview for November’s NCAA Championships. Yes, some top teams and individuals will compete the next day at the Pre Nationals meet in Terre Haute, but the fields in Wisconsin will be stacked. Three of the top four teams in the nation are set to race (and six of the 10, and eight of the top 12). 

NAU, Stanford Run It Back At Nuttycombe | Men's Preview

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Last month, the NAU men’s team began their season as expected. The winners of the last three NCAA titles went to Terre Haute for the John McNichols Invitational, held out two of their best runners and still beat second-ranked Stanford by a comfortable margin. 

House Of Run: Where Does The Marathon Go From Here?

Jason and Kevin discuss Eliud Kipchoge fulfilling his sub-two-hour goal, Brigid Kosgei’s smashing the world record in the women’s marathon, the Nike Oregon Project disbanding and much more.

IOC Plans To Move Olympic Marathons To Sapporo Seeking Cooler Conditions

With searing heat combined with high humidity expected for Tokyo next August, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced today that they planned to move the Olympic Marathons and race walking events to Sapporo, more than 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Tokyo on the island of Hokkaido. 

DII NCAA Cross Country Recap: Kimutai Picks Up Crucial Midseason Win

All attention in Division II cross country over the weekend was in Romeoville, Illinois, as the Lewis Conference Crossover went down on Saturday. Despite the meet featuring none of the mighty Colorado heavyweights-- Adams State, Colorado Mines or Western Colorado-- the race still had plenty of podium implications and individual title contenders.

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