LSU All-American sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan is a finalist for the second year in a row for The Bowerman, which will be awarded Wednesday night to the nation’s top male and female track and field athletes for 2012.
The Bowerman, which is now in its fourth year, is the track and field equivalent of football’s Heisman Trophy. Named for legendary Oregon coach Bill Bowerman, the award is given to one male and one female for their performance during the collegiate season for that calendar year.
This year’s presentation will be made at a banquet held in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Convention in Orlando, Fla.
Duncan, a senior-to-be from Katy, Texas, is joined as a finalist on the women’s side by Oregon’s Brianne Theisen (multi-events) and Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett (high jump).
The men’s finalists are Southern Utah’s Cam Levins (distance), Florida’s Tony McQuay (sprints/relays) and Illinois Andrew Riley (sprints/hurdles).
Duncan is the first woman in NCAA Division I history to win back-to-back indoor and outdoor national titles in the 200 meters, completing the double in 2012 after doing it as a sophomore in 2011.
She was unbeaten against college competition in the 200, winning six finals indoors — running a 2012 world-best time of 22.74 seconds at the NCAA Championships — and four outdoors.
Duncan also won the 100 meters at the Southeastern Conference Championships and lost only once at that distance in 2012 when she took second place in the final at the NCAA Championships.
“We’re just real excited that Kim has been recognized as a candidate to receive The Bowerman award again,” LSU coach Dennis Shaver said.
“It’s something special because she’s the first female to be a two-time finalist for this award.
“She’s excited because it’s certainly a great honor. At the same time, we’re anxious because there are three great candidates in the running for the award.”
The finalists were announced June 29 by the USTFCCCA, which created the award in 2009 to recognize the nation’s premier male and female track and field athlete each season.
A nationwide panel and fans voting online select the winners after a 10-person Bowerman Advisory Board narrows a list of 10 semifinalists to three finalists on each side.
Athletes are tracked from early January to the end of the college season in June by a Men’s Watch List Committee and Women’s Watch List Committee made up of the 10 advisory board members.
A live webcast of The Bowerman Ceremony will be available at http://www.flotrack.com.
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Carpet show begins at 5:30 p.m. with the awards banquet, which will be hosted by ESPN SportsCenter anchor John Anderson, following at 6 p.m.