Fan vote needed, Whiting finalist for Bowerman Award
Fans are encouraged to visit the link above and vote for Ryan Whiting, one of the most accomplished student-athletes in Arizona State University Track & Field history, as the six-time national champion is one of three finalists for the Bowerman Award, which is given annually to the top male and female collegiate track & field athlete by the U.S. Track & Field, Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Voting for fans ends August 20. The total fan vote will count as one vote toward the award that will be announced December 15 in San Antonio, Texas, at the annual USTFCCCA Convention. The remaining votes will come from The Bowerman Advisory Board, the winners from the 2009 vote and selected media personnel, statisticians and collegiate administrators.
Whiting recently capped his stellar career in June when he won a pair of NCAA titles at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. Not only did he win his first national title in the discus, Whiting also captured the shot put with a toss of 21.97m (72-01.00), marking the second-longest throw in collegiate history and just 3cm off the record. Earlier in the year, Whiting won the shot put national crown at the NCAA Indoor Championships to give him three in a row indoors and set the stage for a sweep of the indoor and outdoor crowns in the same season for the second year in a row. Undefeated against collegiate competitors in the shot put throughout 2010, Whiting was named the 2010 USTFCCCA Co-National Field Athlete of the Year, the Track & Field News Male Athlete of the Year and the 2010 Pac-10 Conference Co-Field Athlete of the Year.
Whiting is one of three finalists that also include a pair of seniors from the University of Oregon: Ashton Eaton and Andrew Wheating. The finalists for the women's award are Queen Harrison (Virginia Tech), Lisa Koll (Iowa State) and Blessing Okagbare (UTEP). More information on each finalist is available on the page linked above.