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Photo: Chris Donahue/Drake University; Video: USTFCCCA/The Bowerman

Friday June 29, 2012Florida's Tony McQuay Named Bowerman Finalist

Eugene, Ore.

Photo: Chris Donahue/Drake University; Video: USTFCCCA/The Bowerman

University of Florida junior Tony McQuay (Riviera Beach, Fla.) has been named a finalist for The Bowerman, collegiate track and field’s biggest award. He was honored as one of three male finalists for the award, as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials at historic Hayward Field.

 

Finalists were chosen by the ten-person Bowerman Advisory Board based on performances recorded during the indoor and outdoor 2012 track & field seasons. Only performances through the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are used in consideration.

 

“This Is an incredible honor for Tony,” Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. “The Bowerman is a prestigious award and I think this is a direct reflection of the great season Tony had this year. I encourage all Gators to vote for Tony and celebrate this phenomenal accomplishment.”

 

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 relay 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, 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 and give the Gators their only 4x400-meter relay national title in program history.

 

Because LSU finished third in the relay, the Gators managed a four-point swing, enough to place Florida on top of the point standings and hand the Orange and Blue their first NCAA Outdoor Championship.

 

He was the winner of the 400 meters at the SEC Outdoor 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. 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. His performance aided the Gators in capturing their third consecutive NCAA Indoor Championship.

 

McQuay recently placed second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the men’s 400 meters and will be a member of Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

 

McQuay will represent Florida and the SEC as the second Bowerman male finalist for both groups. Former Gator All-American and reigning World Champion Christian Taylor was a finalist for the award in 2011.

 

In the coming weeks, dozens of select media personnel, track & field statisticians, and collegiate administrators will choose the top male and top female as the award winners. In addition, beginning July 9, fans can visit TheBowerman.org to submit their choices as online voting will account for one full vote in the process.

 

Finalists were chosen by The Bowerman Advisory Board, a ten-person panel of experts in the sport, based on performances recorded during the indoor and outdoor 2012 track & field seasons. Only performances through the conclusion of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships are used in consideration.

 

The winners will be first announced during a ceremony held in conjunction with the USTFCCCA Convention. The finalists and their families will be invited to take part in the special event that will be held at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes in Orlando, Fla., on December 19.

 

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2012 The Bowerman Male Finalists

Cam Levins

Southern Utah

TONY MCQUAY

FLORIDA

Andrew Riley

Illinois

 

2012 The Bowerman Female Finalists

Brigetta Barrett

Arizona

Kimberlyn Duncan

LSU

Brianne Theisen

Oregon

 

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