Bryce Hoppel of Kansas and Divine Oduduru from Texas Tech were named The Bowerman semifinalists, announced Thursday by the US Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The speedsters were two of 10 track & field student-athletes named semifinalists for the 2019 Bowerman Award.
KU’s Hoppel ran an undefeated indoor and outdoor season in the 800-meter race. The Midland, Texas native won all 19 of the individual races he competed in this season. Of those 19 races, two won him NCAA titles in the 800-meters, and two more earned him Big 12 conference crowns in his signature event.
The Red Raider sprinter capped off an undefeated season in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash with a pair of blistering marks at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Oduduru went 9.86 in the 100 and 19.76 in the 200 for times that both fall second in collegiate history for a pair of gold medals. During the indoor season, the Nigerian native won a national title in the 200-meter and clocked the second-fastest time in collegiate history at the Big 12 Championship.
The Bowerman is awarded each year to the top male collegiate athlete and to the top female collegiate athlete in the sport of NCAA track and field.
The finalist with the highest point total after the tabulation of ballots, fan voting, and USTFCCCA member voting is declared the winner of The Bowerman.