May 19, 2010
NEW ORLEANS - Alabama freshman Kirani James is now receiving votes for The Bowerman men's award as announced by The Bowerman Men's Watch Committee in conjunction with the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Wednesday.
The Bowerman, in its second year of existence, is awarded each year to the top male collegiate athlete and to the top female collegiate athlete in the sport of NCAA track & field. James earned praise by the watch list committee in being added to the "also receiving mention" list.
Athletes' performances during the NCAA indoor track and field and outdoor track and field seasons are considered, though an athlete doesn't have to compete in both seasons to be eligible for the award.
The performance window for the purposes of The Bowerman runs from December 1 of the preceding year through the respective division's NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the year in which the award is given (e.g. 2010).
The committee will release its next update on Monday, June 7, following the opening rounds of the NCAA Championships that occur May 27-29. The three men and three women finalists will be named on July 13. Award winners will be announced at the USTFCCCA Convention, held December 13-16, in San Antonio, Texas.
For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the recently-debuted trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org. Keep up with Bowerman candidates on the USTFCCCA's weekly results page (http://www.ustfccca.org/weekly-results) and by following the organization's twitter feed twitter.com/TheBowerman and Facebook page facebook.com/TheBowerman.