Florida’s Grant Holloway named The Bowerman Finalist for second straight year

GAINESVILLE — For a second consecutive year, Florida all-around standout Grant Holloway is a finalist for The Bowerman, collegiate track and fi eld’s highest individual honor and the sport’s equivalent to the Heisman Trophy, as announced Thursday by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Holloway, who was a finalist last year as well, is the fourth multi-time finalist in the award’s history, joining him with Arizona’s Lawi Lalang (2013-14), and Oregon’s Ashton Eaton (2009-10) and Edward Cheserek (2014-16). The Chesapeake, Va., native’s record breaking junior season has him in prime position to become Florida’s second The Bowerman winner. Marquis Dendy captured the 2015 award, while Christian Taylor were finalists in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

Horizontal jumper Yanis David was named a women’s finalist for The Bowerman Wednesday, giving Florida a men’s and women’s finalist for the first time in program history. Aside from the Gators and LSU this season, only three other years saw one school have a men’s and women’s finalist – Arizona (2013) and Oregon (2014, 2015).

The Bowerman will be presented during a formal ceremony at the annual USTFCCCA Coaches Convention. This year’s presentation will be December 19 at the JW Marriott Orlando, Grand Lakes in Orlando, Fla. Joining Holloway as men’s finalists are LSU’s Mondo Duplantis and Texas Tech’s Divine Oduduru.

Holloway, the USTFCCCA National Men’s Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, won four individual national titles, set three collegiate records and an American record, and put his name all over the collegiate all-time top 10 lists.

Holloway won his third consecutive 110-meter hurdles national title in 12.98 seconds, breaking Renaldo Nehemiah’s 40-year-old collegiate record of 13.00 seconds and tying Americans Mark Crear (1999) and Jason Richardson (2012) for the No. 18 ranking on the world all-time list. The victory also made Holloway the only collegian in history to sweep the indoor and outdoor high hurdles titles three consecutive years. The same day, Holloway ran the third leg for Florida’s collegiate record breaking 4×100 relay team, which won the NCAA Outdoors title in 37.97 seconds. And he capped it all off with a 43.75-second split for Florida’s 4×400 relay team, which finished second and tied the fourth-fastest time in collegiate history (2:59.60).

At the NCAA Indoor Championships, Holloway demolished his own collegiate record and broke a 32-year-old American record to win the 60-meter hurdles, crossing in 7.35 seconds. The time was the fourth-fastest in history and made him the No. 3 performer on the world all time list. Holloway also won the 60 meters title, beating fellow The Bowerman finalist Divine Oduduru and becoming the third man in Division I history to complete the straightaway sweep. Even more impressive, he did it with the fastest single-day combined time in the sport’s history (13.85 seconds). 

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