SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- Once again, former University of Florida student-athlete Marquis Dendy made history.
Thursday night, in the Grand Oaks Ballroom of the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas, Dendy became the first Gator to win The Bowerman, which is presented annually by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track and field athletes in the nation.
Dendy, a seven-time NCAA Champion and 13-time USTFCCCA All-American, is also just the third jumper to win The Bowerman. Only Florida State's Ngoni Makusha (long jump), the 2011 recipient, 2013 winner Derek Drouin (high jump) from Indiana, and, now, Dendy, have taken home the award thanks to success in the jumps.
Collecting The Bowerman is a fitting finale to a well-decorated career for Dendy, one of the most prolific horizontal jumpers in collegiate history.
Earlier this year, Dendy was named the 2015 USTFCCCA Indoor and Outdoor National Field Athlete of the Year. In records dating back to 1994, Kerron Clement (2005) is the only male Gator other than Dendy to earn a USTFCCCA National Athlete of the Year honor. With his four national titles this past season, Dendy became the third athlete in history to sweep the triple jump and long jump at three consecutive NCAA Championships.
DENDY'S 2015 SEASON REWIND
•Only man ranked in the world top 20 in outdoor long jump (fourth) and triple jump (fifth)
•Swept the triple jump and long jump titles at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships
•Became the fourth athlete in history to sweep the horizontal jumps at the SEC Indoor and Outdoor Championships in the same season
•Posted 2015's top world indoor triple jump and the third-best mark in collegiate history (57 feet/17.37 meters) in his NCAA Indoor Championship victory
•Recorded 2015's second-longest world indoor long jump (27 feet, 2 inches/8.28 meters) in his NCAA Indoor Championship win
•Logged the third-best triple jump within a collegiate season (57 feet, 5 inches/17.50 meters) in NCAA history to win the outdoor national title
•Claimed the NCAA Outdoor Championship long jump title with the third-longest all-conditions leap in collegiate history (28 feet, 5.75 inches/8.68 meters)