Brown is 1 of 3 fi­nal­ists for The Bow­er­man

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NEW OR­LEANS – Ja­neek Brown con­tin­ues to add to her re­sume as the sopho­more be­came only the sec­ond Bow­er­man Fi­nal­ist in women’s pro­gram his­tory as an­nounced by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Coun­try Coaches’ As­so­ci­a­tion (USTFCCCA) Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Brown is one of three fi­nal­ists for The Bow­er­man which is in its 11th season of rec­og­niz­ing the top col­le­giate male and fe­male stu­dent-ath­letes of the track and field season. Join­ing Brown on the fi­nal­ists’ list are Ya­nis David of Florida and Sha’carri Richard­son of LSU. Brown is the third Ra­zor­back to be named a fi­nal­ist for the award in Arkansas Track & Field his­tory join­ing Tina Sutej (’11) and Jar­rion Law­son – the 2016 men’s award win­ner.

The laun­dry list of ac­co­lades for Brown dur­ing the

2019 season in­cludes SEC Out­door Track Ath­lete of the Year, All-amer­ica and All-south­east­ern Con­fer­ence hon­ors. She was the USTFCCCA Na­tional Ath­lete of the Week dur­ing the out­door season, and dur­ing the year was named the SEC Track Ath­lete of the Week on mul­ti­ple oc­ca­sions.

The Kingston, Ja­ma­cia, na­tive be­came the first 100-me­ter hur­dle na­tional cham­pion in Arkansas pro­gram his­tory with her vic­tory at the NCAA Out­door Cham­pi­onships in Austin, Texas. Dur­ing the 2019 cam­paign,

Brown also set in­door and out­door Arkansas top-10 marks in the high hur­dles with an in­door 60-me­ter hur­dle No. 2 time of 7.95 – two tenths of a sec­ond off Pay­ton Chad­wick’s school record mark – and an out­door school record of 12.40 in the 100-me­ter hur­dles that tied for the sec­ond-fastest mark in NCAA his­tory in the event.

Prior to her na­tional cham­pi­onship fin­ish at the NCAA Out­door Cham­pi­onships, Brown had lost only once dur­ing the 2019 out­door season in the 100-me­ter hur­dles, tak­ing sec­ond place in the fi­nal at Texas Re­lays dur­ing her open­ing meet of the season. Brown also con­cluded the 2019 NCAA season as the only woman in col­le­giate his­tory to record four per­for­mances of 12.57 or bet­ter in a sin­gle season.

The Bow­er­man vot­ers will re­ceive bal­lots list­ing each of the fi­nal­ists and must rank them by first, sec­ond and third choice. First-place votes will re­ceive three points, sec­ond place will notch two, and third will re­ceive one point. The fi­nal­ist with the high­est point to­tal will be de­clared the win­ner. Fi­nal­ists for The Bow­er­man were cho­sen by the Bow­er­man Ad­vi­sory Board based on per­for­mances recorded dur­ing the in­door and out­door 2019 track and field sea­sons. Only per­for­mances through the con­clu­sion of the NCAA Out­door Track and Field Cham­pi­onships were used in con­sid­er­a­tion.

Fan vot­ing for The Bow­er­man be­gins to­day, fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of the men’s fi­nal­ists and runs through Thurs­day, June 27.

Courier file photo

Arkansas sopho­more Ja­neek Brown com­petes in the hur­dles in a meet ear­lier this year. Brown is one of three fi­nal­ists for The Bow­er­man Award.

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