trackfield-outdoor-men-d1 flag

USTFCCCA | December 16, 2016

Arkansas' Jarrion Lawson wins the Bowerman Award

  Arkansas' Jarrion Lawson is the school's first athlete to to win collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor.

ORLANDO — Jarrion Lawson is the men’s winner of The Bowerman Award.

The former Arkansas standout won four NCAA titles in 2016, including a historic three at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He is the first Razorback to win collegiate track & field’s highest individual honor, which was handed out Friday night at the Orlando Grande Lakes Resort.

Lawson joins a prestigious fraternity of former male winners, headlined by two-time Olympic gold medalist and two-time world record holder Ashton Eaton (2010). Galen Rupp (2009) and Derek Drouin (2013) also won two Olympic medals, while Deon Lendore (2014) captured bronze at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

What Lawson did at Historic Hayward Field in June was nothing short of remarkable. Lawson became the first man since Jesse Owens in 1936 to win the 100, 200 and long jump titles at the same NCAA meet. The Razorback star also ran a leg of the team’s 4×100 relay (which finished 3rd) and in turn, shattered the modern-day scoring record.

RELATEDTexas' Courtney Okolo wins the women's Bowerman Award

Lawson faced tough competition for The Bowerman Award as Texas A&M’s Donavan Brazier and Oregon’s Edward Cheserek were also finalists. Brazier broke Jim Ryun’s 50-year-old collegiate record in the 800 on its golden anniversary, while Cheserek — the first three-time finalist in the history of The Bowerman Award — won five NCAA titles (four individual, one relay) and was the first man to sweep the distance slate clean (3000-5000-DMR indoors, 5000-10000 outdoors) in seven years.

This is the third consecutive year that a male athlete from the SEC won The Bowerman Award. Lendore started the trend in 2014 and former Florida horizontal jumper and 2016 World Indoor gold medalist Marquis Dendycontinued it last year.

The top places to watch men's college basketball, ranked by Andy Katz

Andy Katz breaks down the top places around the country watch men's college basketball ahead of the 2022-23 season.
READ MORE

Longest overtime games in FBS college football history

Illinois and Penn State joined an exclusive group with the Illini's 20-18 win in a nine-overtime thriller on Oct. 23, 2021. It is the only game in history to go nine overtimes.
READ MORE

The college football teams, conferences and coaches with something to prove in Week 1

These are some of the best storylines in week 1 of the 2022 college football season, beginning with the Backyard Brawl between West Virginia and Pittsburgh.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners