June 23, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Baylor track and field sprinter Trayvon Bromell is one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman Trophy, the Bowerman Advisory Board announced on Monday.
The freshman is the first Baylor athlete to ever earn the distinction. The Bowerman Trophy, which was first awarded in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., product has made an immediate impact in his first-year at Baylor. He ended his collegiate season by winning the NCAA title in the 100 meters with a new world junior record time of 9.97 on June 13 in Eugene, Ore.
With the victory, Bromell became become Baylor's first NCAA national champion in an individual event at the outdoor meet since Darold Williamson (400 meters) in 2005 and the first freshman to win the 100-meter title since Florida State's Walter Dix in 2005. Overall, he is only the sixth freshman to win the NCAA 100-meter crown and owns the eighth-fastest time for a collegian
Bromell first appeared on The Bowerman Award watch list on May 21, after winning the Big 12 100-meter title in 9.77 (4.2) in Lubbock, Texas. He was named the Big 12's Outstanding Freshman after the meet and his time is the third-fastest in NCAA history, regardless of wind.
Last week, he was named the USA Track and Field Athlete of the Week, after his NCAA performance.
Bromell is one of three true freshmen among the semifinalists. The other nine athletes up for the award include: Devon Allen (Oregon), Edward Cheserek (Oregon), Ryan Crouser (Texas), Marquis Dendy (Florida), Dedric Dukes (Florida), Lawi Lalang (Arizona), Deon Lendore (Texas A&M), Brandon McBride (Mississippi State) and Anthony Rotich (UTEP).
Three finalists for the Bowerman honor will be announced on July 9 before voting - including an online fan vote - opens July 28. The winner of collegiate track & field's highest individual honor will be announced December 17 at the annual U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention.
Bromell will be back in action during the first week of July at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships and will be back in Eugene in late July to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships.
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