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Theisen Named Bowerman Semifinalist
Release Date: 06/29/2012
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EUGENE, Ore. - Seven-time NCAA champion Brianne Theisen was named one of three finalists for the 2012 Bowerman Award - the highest honor given to the most outstanding athletes in collegiate track & field - the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced to a full crowd at Historic Hayward Field on Friday.

The Bowerman Advisory Board selected Cam Levins (Southern Utah), Tony McQuay (Florida), and Andrew Riley (Illinois) as this year's men's finalists and Brigetta Barrett (Arizona), Kimberlyn Duncan (LSU), and Theisen as women's finalists for the prestigious award.

In 2012, Levins won the NCAA outdoor titles at 5000 and 10,000 meters while McQuay captured national outdoor crowns in the 400 and as anchor of Florida's 4x400 relay. Riley became the first in NCAA Division I history to take victory in the 100 meters and 110 hurdles at the same national championships.

Barrett claimed NCAA high jump crowns both indoors and outdoors for the second‐straight year in 2012. Duncan was again the indoor and outdoor NCAA champ at 200 meters and anchored LSU to the nation's top spot in 4x100. And,

Theisen was the NCAA champ in the pentathlon, indoors, and heptathlon, outdoors, for the third time, setting the collegiate record in the pentathlon twice in 2012.

LSU's Duncan - a finalist in 2011 - is the first two‐time female finalist in award history.

In the coming weeks, dozens of select media personnel, track & field statisticians, and collegiate administrators will choose the top male and top female as the award winners. In addition, beginning July 9, fans can visit to submit their choices as online voting will account for one full vote in the process.

Finalists were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board, a ten‐person panel of experts in the sport, based on performances recorded during the indoor and outdoor 2012 track & field seasons. Only performances through the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are used in consideration.

The winners will be first announced during a ceremony held in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention. The finalists and their families will be invited to take part in the special event that will be held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla., on December 19.

Brianne Theisen, Oregon
Combined Events, Humboldt, Saskatchewan (Humboldt Collegiate Institute) Theisen added two more NCAA titles to her trophy case in 2012 by again winning national crowns in the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon. It was Theisen's third claim to national glory in both events. Among NCAA Division I women, Theisen is now tied for fourth on the all‐time championship‐titles list, including relays and across both indoor and outdoor track & field. She only trails Texas' Carlette Guidry (12), Texas' Suziann Reid (10), and Wisconsin's Suzy Favor (9) in career national crowns.

Indoors, Theisen won the national crown with 4,536 points, joining Arizona State's Jacquelyn Johnson (2006‐07‐08) as the only other three‐time champion in the event. Also in the indoor season, Theisen broke her own NCAA record in the pentathlon with 4,555 points.

On Thursday, Theisen completed the heptathlon at the Canadian Olympic Trials and finished second to make her first Olympic team.

Theisen scored 6,393 points behind Jessica Zelinka who reset her own Canadian record with 6,599.

The senior from Humboldt, Sask., was also named an academic All-American this week, as well as the Pac-12 scholar-athlete for track and field.

The Bowerman Voters will receive ballots listing each of the finalists and must rank them by first, second and third choice. First‐place votes will receive three points, second place will notch two, and third will receive one point. The finalist with the highest point total will be declared the winner.

The Bowerman Voters consist of:

  • The Bowerman Advisory Board (10 members)
  • Select media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators
  • Galen Rupp, 2009 men's winner of The Bowerman
  • Ashton Eaton, 2010 men's winner of The Bowerman
  • Ngoni Makusha, 2011 men's winner of The Bowerman
  • Jenny (Barringer) Simpson, 2009 women's winner of
The Bowerman
  • Queen Harrison, 2010 women's winner of The Bowerman
  • Jessica Beard, 2011 women's winner of The Bowerman
  • Online voting by the public will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)
  • Online voting by USTFCCCA members will constitute one collective vote (ranking of choices will be made by order of total single votes)

Paper balloting will conclude in the coming weeks while online voting will begin on Monday, July 9 and will last until Tuesday, July 24. An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate, and certify final results and will keep the result secret until the envelope is opened in December.

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athlete in the nation. The award is named for is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

Florida State's Ngoni Makusha and Texas A&M's Jessica Beard are the reigning winners of The Bowerman. Makusha won bronze in the long jump at 2011 World Championships.

Past winners include decathlon world‐record holder Ashton Eaton (2010) and 2011 World Champion at 1500 meters, Jenny Simpson (2009).

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