Duncan Remains Among Bowerman Candidates
BATON ROUGE - For the 15th time in her collegiate career, Lady Tiger senior Kimberlyn Duncan has been featured in the 10-member women's watch list for The Bowerman as the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced Thursday its candidates for the month of March.
Now in its fifth year of existence, The Bowerman is college track and field's equivalent to The Heisman Trophy in college football and is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the top athlete in the sport of track and field on both the men's and women's sides.
Duncan is the reigning Bowerman Award winner on the women's side and is the only two-time finalist in the award's history.
This marks Duncan's 15th career selection to The Bowerman Women's Watch List as she is tied with both former Arkansas pole vaulter Tina Sutej and former Florida State jumper Kimberly Williams for the second-most selections in the award's history. She trails only the 22 watch list selections by former Oregon heptathlete and 2012 finalist Brianne Theisen.
Among those joining Duncan on the watch list for the month of March is fellow 2012 Bowerman Award finalist Brigetta Barrett of the University of Arizona.
Duncan has picked up right where she left off as a favorite to win her second Bowerman Award as she is the No. 1-ranked 200-meter sprinter in the NCAA and World rankings for 2013 with an indoor best of 22.54 seconds run in winning her third-straight SEC Indoor crown in the event on Sunday. Her winning run of 22.54 at the SEC Indoor Championships is the sixth-fastest time indoors in collegiate history, and ranks Duncan as the NCAA's No. 5 performer all-time in the indoor 200 meters.
Duncan actually swept sprint titles at the 2013 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships held this past weekend as she also won the 60-meter title for the first time in her career. She is the NCAA's second-ranked performer in the event this season with a personal record of 7.16 set at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 1.
With her performance over the weekend, Duncan took home the SEC's Cliff Harper Trophy as the top individual point scorer during this year's SEC Indoor Championships.
A native of Katy, Texas, Duncan is one of only four sprinters in collegiate history to win back-to-back NCAA Indoor championships in the 200-meter dash, and she has an opportunity to make history as the first to win three-straight NCAA Indoor titles in the event when she lines up at the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 8-9.
The Bowerman Women's Watch List (Feb. 28)
Name, Year, School, Events
Makeba Alcide, Senior, Arkansas, Combined Events
Brigetta Barrett, Senior, Arizona, High Jump
Tia Brooks, Senior, Oklahoma, Throws
Kimberlyn Duncan, Senior, LSU, Sprints
English Gardner, Junior, Oregon, Sprints
Regina George, Senior, Arkansas, Sprints
Andrea Geubelle, Senior, Kansas, Jumps
Brianna Rollins, Junior, Clemson, Sprints/Hurdles
Betsy Saina, Senior, Iowa State, Distance
Aurieyall Scott, Junior, Central Florida, Sprints