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Tuesday June 19, 2012Florida's Tony McQuay Named Bowerman Semifinalist

Gainesville, Fla.

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University of Florida junior Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.) has been named a semifinalist for collegiate track and field’s biggest award – The Bowerman. He is among 10 male semifinalists for the award, the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced this week.

 

With the collegiate season complete, the semifinalists will be evaluated by the 10-person Bowerman Advisory Board and three finalists will be named from the semifinalist group on Friday, June 29.

 

McQuay helped lead the Gators to their first NCAA Outdoor team title with a national crown in the 400 meters and as anchor of the 4x400-meter relay team that took victory. In the 400, McQuay claimed top honors with the season’s collegiate best time of 44.58 seconds, just ahead of Oregon’s Mike Berry. In the 4x400-meter relay, McQuay literally clinched the team title for the Gators.

 

Taking the baton in second place, Florida, down two points heading into the meet’s final event, needed to win the relay to secure at least a share of the team crown. McQuay, with a 44.01 split, fired past Southern California’s Bryshon Nellum to take the tape. Because LSU finished third in the relay, the Gators managed a four-point swing, enough to place Florida on top of the point standings.

 

He was the winner of the 400 meters at the SEC Championships, as part of an outdoor undefeated season in the event, in 45.48 and also led Florida to the SEC crown in the 4x400-meter relay. The 4x400 squad also won the Drake Relays title.

 

McQuay is the first since 2008 to sweep NCAA indoor and outdoor 400-meter crowns. He won the national indoor title in the season’s best by a collegian, 45.77.

 

McQuay extends the leads for Florida (5) and the SEC (9) on the all-time semifinalist men’s appearance list. Former Gator NCAA Champions Christian Taylor and Will Claye were semifinalists a year ago, with Taylor being named a finalist prior to his IAAF World Championship in the men’s triple jump.

 

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THE BOWERMAN SEMIFINALISTS, 2012 MEN

NAME

YEAR

SCHOOL

EVENTS

HOMETOWN

Donn Cabral

SR

Princeton

Distance

Glastonbury, Conn.

Jordan Clarke

RS JR

Arizona State

Throws

Anchorage, Alaska

Tim Glover

JR

Illinois State

Javelin

Normal, Ill.

Charles Jock

SR

UC Irvine

Mid-Distance

San Diego, Calif.

Erik Kynard

JR

Kansas State

Jumps

Toledo, Ohio

Cam Levins

SR

Southern Utah

Distance

Black Creek, B.C.

Tony McQuay

JR

Florida

Sprints

Riviera Beach, Fla.

Maurice Mitchell

SR

Florida State

Sprints

Kansas City, Mo.

Andrew Riley

SR

Illinois

Sprints/Hurdles

Kingston, Jamaica

Alexander Ziegler

JR

Virginia Tech

Throws

Dischingen, Germany

 

THE BOWERMAN SEMIFINALIST & AWARD HISTORY

 

2009

Winner: Galen Rupp, Oregon

Finalist: Ashton Eaton, Oregon

Finalist: German Fernandez, Oklahoma State

(semifinalists were not named in 2009)

 

2010

Winner: Ashton Eaton, Oregon

Finalist: Andrew Wheating, Oregon

Finalist: Ryan Whiting, Arizona State

Sam Chelanga, Liberty

Jeff Demps, Florida

Johnny Dutch, South Carolina

Walter Henning, LSU

Kirani James, Alabama

David McNeill, Northern Arizona

Christian Taylor, Florida

 

2011

Winner: Ngoni Makusha, Florida State

Finalist: Jeshua Anderson, Washington State

Finalist: Christian Taylor, Florida

Robby Andrews, Virginia

Sam Chelanga, Liberty

Will Claye, Florida

Kirani James, Alabama

Leonard Korir, Iona

Maurice Mitchell, Florida State

Scott Roth, Washington

 

Multiple Semifinalist Appearances by School (2010-2012)

 

Florida (5): Christian Taylor (2), Will Claye, Jeff Demps, Tony McQuay

Florida State (3): Maurice Mitchell (2), Ngoni Makusha*

Alabama (2): Kirani James (2)

Arizona State (2): Jordan Clarke, Ryan Whiting

Liberty (2): Sam Chelanga (2)

Oregon (2): Ashton Eaton*, Andrew Wheating

* Previous Winner

 

All-Time Male Semifinalist Appearances by Current Conference

Conference

App.

Last

SEC

9

2012

Pac-12

5

2012

ACC

5

2012

Big South

2

2011

Big 12

1

2012

Big Ten

1

2012

Big West

1

2012

Ivy

1

2012

Missouri Valley

1

2012

Summit League

1

2012

Metro Atlantic

1

2011

Big Sky

1

2010

 

ABOUT THE BOWERMAN

 

The Bowerman, which debuted in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

 

Florida State’s Ngoni Makusha and Texas A&M’s Jessica Beard are the reigning winners of The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman.

 

Bowerman served the sport of track and field in numerous ways. His leadership in the USTFCCCA’s predecessor organization, the National Collegiate Track Coaches Association, and his contributions to NCAA track and field and the running community as a whole are among his many lasting legacies.

 

For more information on The Bowerman, the award, the magnificent trophy, and Bill Bowerman himself, visit TheBowerman.org. Keep up with Bowerman candidates on the USTFCCCA’s weekly results page (http://www.ustfccca.org/weekly-results) and by following the organization’s twitter feed twitter.com/TheBowerman and Facebook page facebook.com/TheBowerman.

 

ABOUT THE USTFCCCA

 

The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) is a non-profit professional organization representing cross country and track & field coaches of all levels. The organization represents over 8,000 coaching members encompassing 94% of all NCAA track & field programs (DI, DII, and DIII) and includes members representing the NAIA as well as a number of state high school coaches associations. The USTFCCCA serves as an advocate for cross country and track & field coaches, providing a leadership structure to assist the needs of a diverse membership, serving as a lobbyist for coaches' interests, and working as a liaison between the various stakeholders in the sports of cross country and track & field.

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