Duncan Among 10 Bowerman Semifinalists

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Duncan Among 10 Bowerman Semifinalists

BATON ROUGE – After leading the Lady Tigers to the national championship as the top individual point scorer at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, LSU junior Kimberlyn Duncan was honored Tuesday as one of the 10 semifinalists in the running for The Bowerman as released by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Now in its fourth year of existence, The Bowerman is college track and field’s equivalent to The Heisman Trophy in college football and is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the top athlete at the collegiate level on both the men’s and women’s sides as part of the USTFCCCA annual convention.

Duncan has emerged as the frontrunner for The Bowerman, as she has already been announced the winner of the Honda Sports Award for women’s track and field by the Collegiate Women’s Sports Awards and as the NCAA Division I National Women’s Track Athlete of the Year by the USTFCCCA in 2012.

The 10 semifinalists will now be evaluated by a ten-person Bowerman Advisory Board, and three finalists will be named on Friday, June 29, as a highlight during the U.S. Olympic Trials.

This year’s winner of The Bowerman will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 19, for conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention in Orlando, Fla. Each finalist will be invited to take part in the ceremony.

Duncan was the top scoring athlete of the NCAA Championships for the second season in a row with 20.5 points with her performance in defending her NCAA crown in the 200-meter dash, running the anchor leg for LSU’s NCAA champion 4×100-meter relay team and capturing the silver medal in the 100-meter dash in the NCAA final as the country’s most decorated sprinter for the second year in a row.

That helped propel the LSU women to a dominating 76-62 victory over the Oregon Ducks in the women’s team standings to win their first NCAA Outdoor team title since the 2008 season.

Their victory marked the 32nd national championship in the history of the LSU program, including the 26th national championship for the Lady Tigers all-time. The LSU women have now earned an NCAA-leading 15 NCAA Outdoor titles and 11 NCAA Indoor titles as the most storied program in the sport.

It has been a record-breaking junior season for Duncan as she twice broke her own low-altitude collegiate record in the 200-meter dash as one of the world’s leading sprinters.

After setting a wind-legal personal record of 22.22 seconds in the national quarterfinals held at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 26, Duncan eclipsed her own record for the second time in as many races with a wind-legal 22.19 clocking in the national semifinal en route to defending her NCAA 200-meter crown on Saturday afternoon at Drake Stadium in Des Moines.

Her personal-record time of 22.19 stands No. 2 on the NCAA’s all-time list as it trails only the recognized collegiate record of 22.04 set at altitude by LSU great Dawn Sowell at the 1989 NCAA Championships in Provo, Utah, on the campus of Brigham Young University.

Duncan’s time of 22.19 also ranks her No. 2 on the world list for the 2012 outdoor season. She also set an indoor PR of 22.74 for the world’s fastest run indoors while defending her NCAA Indoor crown.

Duncan has made history as the first collegiate sprinter to sweep NCAA Indoor and NCAA Outdoor titles in the 200-meter dash in back-to-back seasons with her performance in 2011 and 2012. She’s also the first Lady Tiger to win back-to-back NCAA Outdoor gold medals in the event in team history.

She also extended one of the more impressive streaks in collegiate history with her 18th-straight victory in 200-meter finals against collegiate competition dating back to the Tyson Invitational indoors in 2011.

With her performance this spring, Duncan now owns five of the 10 fastest 200-meter times all-time at the collegiate level under all conditions. Duncan has now posted the No. 3-ranked time at 22.12w, No. 4-ranked time at 22.18w, No. 5-ranked time at 22.19, No. 6-ranked time at 22.22 and No. 10-ranked time at 22.24 in the NCAA’s all-time rankings during her illustrious career.

Not to be overshadowed is Duncan’s performance in anchoring the Lady Tigers to a national crown in the 4×100-meter relay and finishing as the NCAA silver medalist in the 100-meter dash for the second year in a row. She anchored the Lady Tigers for a winning time of 42.75 in the sprint relay final, while she posted a time of 11.16 into a strong headwind of 1.7 meters per second for second in the 100-meter final.

Duncan teamed with Takeia Pinckney, Semoy Hackett and Rebecca Alexander for a seasonal-best time of 42.68 in the national semifinal for the ninth-fastest time in collegiate history.

Duncan propelled herself to a dominant postseason with a record-setting performance at the SEC Outdoor Championships as she shattered the meet record with a wind-legal PR of 10.96 to take home her first ever SEC title in the 100-meter dash. Her time not only broke the previous meet record of 11.03 set in 2006 by Olympic silver medalist Kerron Stewart of Auburn, but also shattered her own personal record and Bernie Moore Track Stadium record of 11.07 set earlier in the 2012 season.

While she currently ranks No. 2 on the 2012 world list with a best of 22.19 in the 200 meters, Duncan has the No. 6-ranked time worldwide in the 100 meters with her personal best of 10.96.

Not only has Duncan claimed three NCAA event titles in 2012, but she is also a five-time SEC Champion with wins in both the 200 meters and 4×400-meter relay at the SEC Indoor Championships along with her sweep of sprint titles in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 4×100 relay at the SEC Outdoor Championships.

The Bowerman Women’s Semifinalists
Name, Year, School, Events
Brigetta Barrett, Junior, Arizona, Jumps
Tia Brooks, Junior, Oklahoma, Throws
Ganna Demydova, Senior, Southern Miss, Jumps
Kimberlyn Duncan, Junior, LSU, Sprints
English Gardner, Sophomore, Oregon, Sprints
Whitney Gipson, Senior, TCU, Sprints/Jumps
Christina Manning, Senior, Ohio State, Sprints/Hurdles
Jeneva McCall, Senior, Southern Illinois, Throws
Ashley Spencer, Freshman, Illinois, Sprints/Hurdles
Brianne Theisen, Senior, Oregon, Combined Events