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Washington Named Finalist for The Bowerman

Jul 14, 2021

NEW ORLEANS - The Bowerman, the most prestigious award given to the NCAA's top men and women's track and field athletes, could soon be in the hands of the most dominant thrower of 2021 - three-time First Team All-American Turner Washington (Tucson, Arizona). The Bowerman advisory panel announced Washington, alongside Louisiana State's JuVaughn Harrison and Oregon's Cole Hocker, as this year's men's finalists following an unforgettably record-breaking season. On the women's side, Tara Davis (Texas), Tyra Gittens (Texas A&M) and Athing Mu (Texas A&M) are finalists.
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Washington ended the year with eight of the top-10 seasonal marks in the discus, seven of the top-10 seasonal marks in the outdoor shot put, and four of the top-10 seasonal marks in the indoor shot put -  including the collegiate record of 21.85m (71-8¼). Washington's huge 66.26m (217-5) mark in the discus also made him the No. 7 performer in collegiate history. The Sun Devil is the only man in collegiate history with current all-time top-10 efforts in both the discus and any shot put.
Washington was a perfect 14-0 in collegiate competition through both the indoor and outdoor seasons. He broke the collegiate indoor shot record at just the second meet of the year before going on to win the NCAA indoor shot title a month later in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Moving outdoors, Washington never threw shorter than 68 feet and ultimately hit his outdoor PR (21.10m/69-2.75) at the NCAA CHampionships en route to his second title of 2021. Washington broke the ASU program discus record four times this year too. His best throw was the one that ultimately gave him the outdoor title at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
With that final victory, Washington joined Sun Devil great and former Olympian Ryan Whiting '09 as the only Sun Devils to win the indoor shot, outdoor shot, and discus all in the same seasons. That feat has only happened three times in NCAA history, with John Godina also doing it in 1995 for UCLA. With his wins, Washington brought ASU it's second national discus title on the men's side and seventh overall, the last being Magdalyn Ewen in 2018. His shot put victory is the sixth on the men's side, 10th overall, and third since 2016 when throws coach Brian Blutreich was hired. The victories helped Arizona State's men's team finish ninth overall in the country with 24 points, marking the first time the Maroon and Gold have been top-10 since 2010.

About The Bowerman:
JuVaughn Harrison of LSU, Cole Hocker of Oregon and Turner Washington of Arizona State were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board as the most outstanding athletes in collegiate men's track & field during the 2021 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. Harrison, Hocker and Washington combined for a staggering 10 NCAA individual titles – each finalist winning at least three – and a slew of all-time top-10 performances, including one collegiate record.
The Bowerman Advisory Board is a panel of track & field experts from around the nation who select the finalists based on performances recorded during the 2021 indoor and outdoor track & field seasons. Only performances from December 1, 2020, through the conclusion of the 2021 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, were eligible for consideration. That means any marks or performances from the recently completed U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Track & Field weren't considered.
Fan voting for The Bowerman begins today on and runs through Tuesday, July 20.
Harrison, Hocker and Washington will be feted on Friday, December 17, at the annual USTFCCCA Convention, which will be held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes Resort & Spa in Orlando, Florida. One of these three incredible athletes will take home collegiate track & field's highest honor that same night following The Bowerman Presentation.