The six finalists for The Bowerman racked up a ridiculous list of accolades during the indoor and outdoor seasons. With so many collegiate records and all-time marks it was hard to settle on each athlete’s best showing, but here’s one attempt and nailing down the three men’s nominees single best performance of 2018.
Rai Benjamin: NCAA Championships 400m Hurdles
Benjamin’s 47.02 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships was a collegiate record and improved his own personal best by .96 seconds. It moved him into a tie for second all-time (he’d later move to third when Abderrahman Samba ran 46.98 at the end of June).
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COLLEGIATE RECORD ✅
MEET RECORD ✅
FACILITY RECORD ✅
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Michael Norman: NCAA Championships 400m
There were plenty of Michael Norman races to choose from. He sent the world indoors in the 400m and was part of USC 4 x 400m teams that broke the collegiate record indoors and outdoors. Any one of those performances is a worthy selection, but I went with his collegiate record of 43.61 (the 11th fastest time in history) at the NCAA Championships. It’s no secret that the outdoor 400m is more competitive than the indoor version of the race and Norman’s run propelled him to a comfortable victory in an incredibly deep year for the event.
Grant Holloway: Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational 110m Hurdles
Holloway had a superb outdoor season--going undefeated in the high hurdles and lowering his personal best to 13.15. But for his best performance, I went back to the indoor season and his 7.42 60m hurdle race that broke the collegiate record at a meet at Clemson.