Oregon’s Prandini, Cheserek named Bowerman finalists

Eric Evans/Oregon Athletics

SAN FRANCISCO - OREGON’s Jenna Prandini and Edward Cheserek were named finalists for The Bowerman Trophy, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches’ Association announced. Collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor that is presented to one male and one female on an annual basis, the duo are each one of three finalists for each gender.

A sophomore distance runner from Newark, N.J., Edward Cheserek won four individual NCAA titles this season in indoor and outdoor, combined, claiming top honors in the mile, and 5,000 meters in the indoor meet, and the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races in the outdoor competition. Also at the indoor competition, he ran the anchor leg for the winning distance medley relay and was runner-up at 3,000 meters to teammate Eric Jenkins. Cheserek ran three sub-four-minute miles during the indoor season, including two at the NCAA Indoor Championships. His performances helped the Ducks sweep the indoor and outdoor national titles this season.

Joining Cheserek as finalists for the prestigious honor are Akron pole vaulter Shawn Barber and Florida jumper Marquis Dendy.

On the women’s side, Jenna Prandini (Clovis, Calif.) was the most prolific NCAA Championships point-scorer of the 2015 season, racking up a total of 49 between the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships. At the indoor national championships, she won the long jump, was runner-up at 200 meters and fourth at 60 meters for 23 points. In the outdoor competition, she won at 100 meters, and was runner-up both at 200 meters and in the long jump for 26 more. Her 26 points helped the Ducks win their first NCAA outdoor title in 30 years. Prandini’s time in the 100 meters was the second-fastest in collegiate history (10.92) and her 200-meter outdoor time the fourth-fastest at 200 meters (22.21).

The other finalists on the women’s side are Kentucky hurdler Kendra Harrison and pole vaulter Demi Payne of Stephen F. Austin.

Finalists were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board, a 10-person panel of track & field experts from around the country, based on performances recorded during the 2015 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. Only performances through the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are eligible for consideration. The finalists will travel to San Antonio, Texas, for the awarding of The Bowerman Trophy on December 17 in a live-streamed award show as part of the USTFCCCA Convention at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.

Voting to determine both the women’s trophy and men’s trophy will commence July 27 and conclude August 11.

Fan voting will take place simultaneously on TheBowerman.org. The results will collectively count as one ballot alongside those cast by media members, statisticians, USTFCCCA member coaches and other experts from around the nation.

For more information about the award and the fan voting, visit www.TheBowerman.org.


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