NEW ORLEANS – Oregon senior Laura Roesler was named one of three finalists for The Bowerman Trophy, Thursday, the most prestigious individual award in NCAA Track and Field. Roesler joins Sharika Nelvis of Arkansas State and Courtney Okolo of Texas.
Roesler dominated the NCAA scene in the 800 sweeping the indoor and outdoor titles in the event, winning by more than a second each time. She moved to No. 2 on the all-time, all-conditions indoor performers list at 800 meters with a 2:01.32 on Kentucky's oversized track, and won the Mt. SAC Relays in 2:00.54 to move to No. 8 all-time outdoors with the fastest-ever non-NCAA Championships performance.
The Fargo, N.D., native was also a key member of the 4x400 relay that clinched the Ducks their indoor team title and broke the collegiate record. She ran a leg of Oregon's third-place 4x400 at the outdoor championships, and the Penn Relays saw her run the 4x800 and the DMR as the 1600-meter anchor.
She is the second woman in Oregon history to be called as a Bowerman finalist, joining Brianne Theisen in 2012.
Edward Cheserek was named a finalist on the men’s side, Wednesday, making the first time Oregon has been represented by both genders in the same year. No school has ever claimed two Bowerman Trophies in the same season.
Voting to determine both the men's trophy and women's trophy will commence July 28 and conclude August 12. Fans will have an opportunity during that time to make their voices heard in a fan vote that will ultimately count as one ballot alongside those cast by media members, statisticians, USTFCCCA member coaches and other experts from around the nation.