The Bowerman Trophy was given to the Collegiate best Athlete on the Men’s & Women’s side Friday for the 2017 season. We wanted to look ahead to next season of athletes that we think could win the for the prestigious award.
Justyn Knight(Syracuse)- He has started off his campaign the correct way by winning the 2017 Division I Individual Cross Country National Title.
KeAndre Bates (Florida)- During the 2017 season he won three individual National Championships. Outdoor he completed the Long Jump/Triple Jump Double, Indoors he won the long jump title. He will be back in 2018 to make history to complete the LJ/TJ double again. We are rooting for him.
Grant Holloway(Florida)- He was highly recruited coming out of High School, and he more than delivered in his Freshman season at the University of Florida. Grant Holloway in a coaches dream, he’s a point stacker in big meets, and so fun to watch compete. Last season, he won National titles in the 60 meter hurdles & 110 Hurdles, and took home the silver medal in the Long Jump outdoors. What makes him fun to watch is that he can do it all, whether its competing in hurdles, long jump, the 4×100 relay, or running the 4×400 relay. Whatever the price, I would pay to watch him compete, because he gives his all. The 2018 season will be the same.
Nathon Allen(Auburn)- He has the opportunity to do something very special in the 400 meter dash for the 2018 Indoor & Outdoor Season. After a 5th place finish at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in the event, he is primed to put together top times in the event. At his young age he was the fastest Jamaican in the 400 meter dash in 2017(44.19). He is considered by many to be the heavy favorite in the loaded NCAA 400 meter field. We are really looking forward to seeing the 21 year old Jamaican compete in 2018. He ran a personal best 44.19 in the semi-finals of the World championships to qualify him for the finals. That time was the 15th fastest 400 meter time in 2017. He went on to finish 5th in the 400 meter dash at the World championships.
Mylik Kerley(Texas A&M)- He ran a personal best 44.85 at the USATF Championships last summer after having a remarkable season at Texas A&M. He Was apart of 2 National Championship 4×400 relay teams at Texas A&M University (One indoor, One outdoor), and the 2018 season could be just as impressive as the 2017 season was. The transfer from Stephen F. Austin will be the leader in the clubhouse for the Aggies in 2018, and big performances are on the horizon. It would be a great storyline to have him win the National title a year after his older brother did.
Kate Hall(Georgia)-In 2017, she won the National Championship in the women’s long jump as a freshman. Her jump of 22’1 captured the title in Eugene, Oregon last season. She will be returning as a favorite to win the title again in 2018, and build upon her personal best.
Ariana Washington(Oregon)- She has had a great career for the Oregon Ducks, and wining the Bowerman Trophy would be a great ending. She made history as a freshman, becoming the first athlete to win both the 100 & 200 meter dash NCAA titles as a freshman. She followed that up with winning the 200 meter dash Indoor National title as a sophomore. After making team USA for the World championships she will come back to Oregon to add more to her trophy case, and she has the experience to do so. We feel she will amongst the top sprinters in the World when it comes to times in 2018.
Keturah Orji(Georgia)-The 2017 Bowerman Trophy Finalist to add the trophy to a already loaded trophy case. Her career at Georgia has been outstanding to say the least. Check out the accolades…. 3x Indoor SEC Triple jump Titles(Consecutively), 3x Outdoor SEC Triple jump Titles(Consecutively), 2x NCAA Indoor Triple Jump National Champion(last two), and 2x NCAA Outdoor Triple Jump National Champion(last three). The Greatest of All Time will be back to add her trophy case.
Nina Schultz (Kansas State)-Competing in the Heptathlon & Pentathlon is no easy task, and when you add competing as a freshman that makes what Nina Schultz did even more special. At the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships she placed took home the bronze medal in the event. At the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships she took home the silver medal in the event where she was the only freshman in the top 18 of scoring. We look for her to capture both titles in 2018.
Hannah Cuncliffe(Oregon)- She returns to Eugene, Oregon for her senior season to defend her 60 meter dash National title. In 2017, she ran a personal best 7.07 in the 60 meter dash, which was ranked as the third fastest time in the World for 2017. Her indoor 200 meter time of 22.53 was second fastest time in the world for 2017.