Oklahoma State's Sinclaire Johnson was recognized as one of 10 semifinalists for The Bowerman, which is collegiate track and field's highest honor, the United States Track and Field Cross Country Coaches' Association announced Wednesday.
Johnson becomes the first OSU track and field athlete to be recognized in Bowerman contention since 2016 when both Chad Noelle and Nick Miller were named to the award's watch list. Johnson is also the first female semifinalist for the award in program history.
Johnson is coming off a perfect outdoor season that also saw her win an individual NCAA title in the women's 1,500 meters. In her championship race, Johnson ran a meet-record time of 4:05.98, which is the second-fastest time in collegiate history. She also met the world standard and is eligible to compete in this fall's IAAF World Championships.
The junior runner also won a Big 12 title in the 800 meters, and she ran the best time in the women's 1,500 meters on three occasions (Cardinal Classic, NCAA West Regional and NCAA Outdoor Championships).
During the indoor season, the Longwood, Florida, native anchored the OSU women's DMR team to a third-place finish at the national championships. She also won Big 12 titles in the 1,000 meters and the DMR.
Johnson helped set new school records in three events: indoor DMR, outdoor 4X800-meter relay and the outdoor 1,500 meters. She also helped anchor two distance relays to wins at the Drake Relays. OSU swept those relays for the third time in program history. No other school has done it more than once.
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 finalists with the highest point total after the tabulation of ballots, fan voting, and USTFCCCA member voting is declared the winner of The Bowerman.
For a full list of Bowerman semifinalists and other information, please visit thebowerman.com.