ORLANDO--Southern Utah’s Cam Levins (left/photo by Mike Scott) and LSU’s Kimberlyn Duncan were named winners of The Bowerman on Wednesday in front of a packed house at the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Convention at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla. The Bowerman is awarded to the most outstanding collegiate male and female athlete of the year.
Levins (Black Oak, B.C.) swept NCAA Outdoor crowns at 5000 and 10,000 meters in 2012, becoming the first to do so since 2009 when Oregon’s Galen Rupp – The Bowerman winner from that year – did so in Fayetteville, Ark. Using a 58.06 final lap split, he maintained his two-second lead to take the 10k title in 28:07.14, the best time in meet history since 1984. In the 5000, Levins closed in 54.28 on the final lap and 1:59.66 over the last 800 meters, to win by over a second (13:40.05).
Duncan (Katy, Texas) became the first in LSU history to win the award. In 2012, she became the first woman in NCAA Division I history to win back-to-back indoor and outdoor national titles in the 200 meters.
At the NCAA Championships, Duncan won the 200 meters and finished runner-up in the 100. She crushed the field in each of the NCAA’s four rounds in the 200 meters, winning each race by at least three tenths of a second. In the event’s final, Duncan clocked 22.86 despite a 2.3 meters-per-second headwind. In the national semifinal Duncan claimed a new low-altitude all-time collegiate best time of 22.19 seconds.
NOTE: The USTFCCCA contributed to this report.