Vote for Levins, Bowerman Finalist!July 09, 2012
Author: Jen Burt
Southern Utah University fans are encouraged to go online and cast their vote for Cameron Levins for the 2012 Bowerman Award, the highest honor given to NCAA Track & Field athletes. Levins is one of three men nominated for the award, and the fan vote will count as one of ten votes that will be given to determine the winner.
Levins became SUU's first NCAA track & field national champion, capturing both the 5k and 10k titles at the 2012 outdoor championships. The double dip in the 5k and 10k hadn't occurred since the 2009 season when the University of Oregon's Galen Rupp did so, en route to taking home The Bowerman later that year.
Levins elevated to the top of the nation earlier in the year, running the fastest times in both events with a 13:18.47 5k at the Mt. SAC Relays and a 27:27.96 in the 10k at the Payton Jordan Invitational. His time in the 10k is the second fastest time in NCAA history and his 5k time is the fastest time by a collegiate since the 2008 season. Both times also marked Olympic "A" standards with the British Columbia native anticipated to represent Canada in both events at the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London.
Levins in joined on the finalist list with Florida's Tony McQuay, the 2012 national champion in the 400 and 4x400-meter relay, and Illinois' Andrew Riley, the 2012 national champion in the 100-meters and 110-meter hurdles.
The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athlete in the nation. The award is named for is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.
Fans can cast their vote online through July 24 when the poll will close. The Bowerman is scheduled to be awarded on December 19 at the USTFCCCA Convention at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla.