BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 28, 2022) -- Arkansas track and field standout Ayden Owens-Delerme has been named a finalist for The Bowerman, according to an announcement Tuesday by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Owens-Delerme is among three male finalists chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board. The other finalists are Florida State's Trey Cunningham and North Carolina A&T's Randolph Ross.
The female finalists were announced on Monday, and they include Florida's Anna Hall and Kentucky's Abby Steiner. Among the combined six male and female finalists, three are from the SEC.
The Bowerman is the highest honor bestowed to collegiate track and field's most outstanding athletes of the year. An SEC male athlete has won the Bowerman in six of the last seven years in which the award was presented: Texas A&M's Deon Lendore in 2014, Florida's Marquis Dendy in 2015, Arkansas' Jarrion Lawson in 2016, Tennessee's Christian Coleman in 2017, Florida's Grant Holloway in 2019 and LSU's JuVaughn Harrison in 2021.
The SEC has had 30 finalists since The Bowerman's inception in 2009, which leads all conferences. Owens-Delerme is the second Arkansas male to be named a finalist, joining Lawson in 2016.
An SEC female athlete has won the Bowerman each of the last three times the award was presented: Georgia's Keturah Orji in 2018, LSU's Sha'Carri Richardson in 2019 and Texas A&M's Athing Mu in 2021.
Online fan voting for The Bowerman begins Tuesday at 3 p.m. CT at thebowerman.org/vote. The Bowerman will be presented in December at the annual USTFCCCA Convention to be held in Denver.