By Christopher Kelsall – Athletics Illustrated
December 20, 2012, Comox, BC – Black Creek, British Columbia’s Cameron Levins and Katey, Texas native Kimberly Duncan are the 2012 recipients of the The Bowerman Award. The 2012 edition was the fourth annual presentation of the award and were handed out Wednesday, December 19th to the best male and female track and field athletes in the NCAA.
The men’s finalists were Southern Utah University’s Cameron Levins, who competes in distance events, University of Florida’s Tony McQuay, sprints and relays and University of Illinois Andrew Riley, sprints and hurdles.
Duncan, a sprinter and senior-to-be was joined as a finalist on the women’s side by University of Oregon’s Brianne Theisen in multi-events and University of Arizona’s Brigetta Barrett who specializes in the high jump. This was Duncan’s second consecutive nomination for the award. Duncan attends Louisiana State University.
The Bowerman, which is now in its fourth year, is the track and field equivalent of University football’s Heisman Trophy. Named after legendary University of Oregon coach Bill Bowerman, the award is given to one male and one female for their performance during the collegiate season for that calendar year.
Levins swept both the 5000, and 10000m events at the 2012 NCAA Championships. Galen Rupp who won the 2009 award was the last person to sweep both events, he was awarded The Bowerman that same year.
Duncan is the first woman in NCAA Division I history to win back-to-back indoor and outdoor national titles in the 200 meters, completing the double in 2012 after doing it as a sophomore in 2011. She was unbeaten in college in the 200m. She won six finals indoors. Duncan ran a 2012 world-best time of 22.74 seconds at the NCAA Championships and four outdoors.