BIRMINGHAM, Ala.-- Five of the six finalists for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field's highest honor, are from the SEC as the male finalists were announced Thursday.
LSU's Mondo Duplantis and Florida's Grant Holloway are among the three male finalists, along with Texas Tech's Divine Oduduru. The female finalists announced on Wednesday are Arkansas' Janeek Brown, Florida's Yanis David and LSU's Sha'Carri Richardson.
This marks the first time five finalists have come from the same conference.
Duplantis won the SEC Indoor and Outdoor pole vault titles in his freshman campaign at LSU. He set a collegiate record at the SEC Indoor Championship in February (5.92m/19-5) and then at the SEC Outdoor Championship in May (6.00m/19-8.25). He also won the pole vault title at the NCAA Indoor Championship.
Holloway won SEC titles in the 60 meters (6.54) and 60 meter hurdles (7.43) at the SEC Indoor Championship. He set collegiate records in the 60 meter hurdles (indoors) and in the 110 meter hurdles (outdoors) and 4x100 relay (outdoors). Holloway won four NCAA titles in 2019.
The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation. The winner will be announced on Thursday, Dec. 19.