UT's Wright Named Finalist For The Bowerman

June 22, 2010

By Eric Trainer, Associate Director of Media Relations

NEW ORLEANS -- The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the ten male and ten female student-athletes who will be considered for The Bowerman in 2010, and Tennessee's Phoebe Wright is among that esteemed list.

The Bowerman is awarded each year to the top female collegiate athlete and to the top male collegiate athlete in the sport of NCAA track & field.

The groups of 10, chosen by The Bowerman Men's and Women's Watch List Committees, will be narrowed to three women and three men by the 10-member Bowerman Advisory Board in the coming weeks. Chaired by Herman Frazier, senior associate athletics director for sports administration at Temple University, the board will release its selections on the week of July 12. The board is vice chaired by Alfreeda Goff, Horizon League Senior Associate Commissioner.

Once the finalists are set, The Bowerman voters, a group of around 100, consisting of national and regional media personnel, track & field statisticians, NCAA collegiate administrators, and presidents of affiliated organizations, will make their selections. Previous winners Galen Rupp and Jenny Barringer will also receive one vote. Once tabulations are calculated, award winners will be announced at the USTFCCCA Convention, held Dec. 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas.

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the recently-debuted trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org.

The Bowerman 2010 Final Women's Candidate List

Semoy Hackett, Lincoln (Mo.), Soph., Sprints, Scarborough, Trinidad & Tobago

Won five NCAA Division II titles in 2010, setting three championships records and an all-time Division II best in the 200

Queen Harrison, Virginia Tech, Senior, Hurdles, Richmond, Va. (Hermitage HS)



Became the first female to win NCAA titles in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles in same season, also was 60m hurdle champ indoors

Kylie Hutson, Indiana State, Senior, Pole Vault, Terre Haute, Ind. (Terre Haute North HS)

Swept indoor and outdoor NCAA pole vault crowns, was undefeated in collegiate competition, and set outdoor NCAA meet record

Mariam Kevkhishvili, Florida, Senior, Throws, Tbilisi, Georgia (Varketili Secondary)

Swept indoor and outdoor NCAA shot put titles, was undefeated in 2010, and claimed marks of over 60 feet four times

Lisa Koll, Iowa State, Senior, Distance, Fort Dodge, Iowa (Fort Dodge HS)

Won NCAA 5k/10k titles outdoors and was 5k champion indoors and notched new collegiate record in 10k at 31:18.07

Porscha Lucas, Texas A&M, Senior, Sprints, Plano, Texas (Plano HS)

NCAA outdoor 200-meter, 4x100 champ, second nationally at 100m, second leg of undefeated 4x100-meter squad

Francena McCorory, Hampton, Junior, Sprints, Hampton, Va. (Bethel HS)

Claimed both indoor and outdoor 400-meter titles, won indoor title in American Record 50.54

Blessing Okagbare, UTEP, Senior, Sprints/Jumps, Umuahi, Nigeria (Delta State)

First ever to win both 100m and long jump titles in single NCAA meet, also was NCAA indoor champ at 60m and long jump

Brianne Theisen, Oregon, Junior, Combined Events, Humboldt, Saskatchewan (Humboldt Collegiate Institute)

Was the NCAA champ in the pentathlon indoors and heptathlon outdoors, also led off Ducks' 4x400 that won NCAA crown

Phoebe Wright, Tennessee, Senior, Mid-Distance, Signal Mountain, Tenn. (Red Bank HS)

Swept 800m NCAA crowns, led off DMR to NCAA indoor title, undefeated at 800m, member of three Penn Relays champ teams

Indoor: Wright was a key to Tennessee's runner-up team effort at the NCAA Indoor Championships ... not only did she win the 800 meters, claiming her first NCAA individual triumph, she ran the 1200m leg on UT's distance medley relay unit, playing a role for the third straight season in UT's victory in that event ... also was a double winner in those events at the SEC Indoor Championships, helping Tennessee break its own meet record in the DMR ... the conference win in the 800, which came with the No. 2 collegiate indoor mark ever registered at 2:01.47, was the third in what would become a string of four straight SEC victories (indoors/outdoors) ... for her performance, which included being 7-0 in the 800 and mile and carding the No. 5 all-time collegiate mark in the 500m at 1:09.70, she was chosen the SEC Indoor Women's Runner of the Year.

Outdoor: Won all 10 of her individual outdoor races in 2010, seven of them at 800 meters, en route to NCAA and SEC crowns at her specialty distance ... became the fifth woman in NCAA history to sweep indoor and outdoor 800 crowns and is just the second SEC woman to claim all four indoor and outdoor conference and national crowns in the 800 in the same season ... recorded the nation's best readout in the 800 in 2010 and No. 13 all-time at 2:00.87, and finished the last two years with 25 wins in 27 college races at 800 meters ... keyed the Lady Vols to three distance relay victories for the second year in a row at the Penn Relays ... academically, the double major in biology carried a 3.96 GPA and was chosen ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV for the third time ... named SEC Track & Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year and claimed the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award for all sports, the highest distinction accorded by the SEC ... USTFCCCA South Region Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year.



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