Abby Steiner named semi-finalist for The Bowerman

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Abby Steiner was named a 2022 semi-finalist for The Bowerman, college athletics’ highest individual honor, by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Bowerman, the most prestigious award in collegiate athletics, takes both indoor and outdoor seasons into account to determine the top male and female collegiate athlete of the year.

The finalists for the award will be announced on June 27.

Since Steiner’s last watchlist appearance on June 7, she has won NCAA titles in the 200-meter and 4×400-meter relay, after winning the indoor 200-meter at the NCAA Indoor Championships in March. She now holds the collegiate record for the 200 m (21.80) she achieved at the NCAA, which is the eighth fastest in American history and the 21st fastest in world history. She also ran the third leg of the winning 4x400m relay, taking the Wildcats from fourth to first with a blistering 48.92 gap to show off her #SteinerSpeed.

In the college-record SEC relay, Steiner ran a lightning-fast 48.72 seconds on the third leg, which put Alexis Holmes until maintaining the lead and securing the collegiate record.

This is Steiner’s 13th appearance on The Bowerman watchlist in his career after appearing on the preseason watchlist in January, eight watchlist updates since then and four in the past. of the 2020-21 season.

Steiner’s debut on The Bowerman came on March 3, 2021, five days after she broke the then-Southeastern Conference record in the women’s indoor 200 meters with a blazing preliminary run of 22.41.

Steiner remained on the watch list thanks to her NCAA indoor championship title and college record performance in the 200m (22.38) in March 2021. However, she saw limited competition during the full season. air and was delisted in April 2021.

The 13-time All-American from Ohio is the seventh British female athlete to make the Watch List and the sixth to become a semi-finalist since the award began in 2009. She is the first since semi-finalists Jasmine Camacho -Quinn, Olivia Gruver and runner-up Sydney McLaughlin were on the watch list together in 2018. Olympic silver medalists Kendra Harrison and Dezerea Bryant were semi-finalists together in 2015, with Harrison becoming a runner-up.

The Bowerman was first awarded in 2009 and official watchlists began in 2010.

She was also announced as the winner of the Honda Sports Award for Track and Field on June 15, automatically putting her in the running for the Honda Cup, which will be presented on June 27 in Los Angeles, California. The Honda Prize is one of the most prestigious prizes that can be won by a female varsity athlete with 12 different sports having their own winner.

Steiner’s senior season and career
Steiner earned that honor with consistent record performances at the college and school level during the 2021-22 season.

The Dublin, Ohio eldest is now a 15-time All-American with 11 first-team honors and a four-time SEC champion.

More recently, Steiner won his third and fourth NCAA titles in the 200m and 4x400m relays, alongside bronze in the 100m and silver in the 4x100m to score 34 of the UK’s 50 points.

Her college-record victory in the 200 m (21.80) was her first outdoor national title. She ran a 48.92 leg in the 4x400m relay at the NCAA for her second gold medal of the meet. She also won bronze in the 100m (11.08) after setting a personal best (10.90) and a new school best in the semifinals.

At the SEC Championships, Steiner ran in the collegiate-record 4x400m relay alongside Karimah Davis, Miles Dajour and Holmes (3:21.93), running a 48.72 gap. She also won silver in the 100m and 200m.

Shortly before the SEC Championships, Steiner ran the 200m outdoors then the third fastest in college history and the second fastest in the NCAA during the 2022 season with a run of 22.05 against the wind at the Kentucky Invitational. It was also a school record, which means that Steiner’s name is now linked to seven different curriculum records.

She was also instrumental in the third-fastest 4x400m of the college season, with the group of Steiner, Holmes, Davis and Miles, clocking 3:25.79 for a school record ahead of Big Blue Nation at the UKTF senior day.

In April, aside from her 22.05 run in the 200m at home, Steiner made 100m history in early April at the Joe May Invitational, running the fastest 100m in college history. at 10.92 seconds, which is a school record she broke. at the NCAAs.

She also ran the fastest 200m in college history with a headwind of over 1.7m/s when she ran 22.38 into a 5.6m headwind. /s to LSU. If the wind had been taken into account, it would have been converted to 21.67.

Capping off a great outdoor start to the season, Steiner ran the second leg of the current NCAA 4x100m second relay this season, helping the team to a time of 42.46.

Steiner capped off his indoor season by defending his NCAA 200-meter title with a 22.16-second run in Birmingham, Alabama. It was his second fastest 200 m race of his career and the second fastest in American history behind his own American record.

It was also the fastest women’s 200m in NCAA Championship history and broke the Birmingham CrossPlex facility record.

Steiner won silver in the 60m with a school best 7.10 at the NCAA Indoor Championships, which was the highest Steiner had ever placed in the event on the NCAA stage, in addition to leading the 4×400 m to a bronze medal.

Steiner cemented her name in American track and field history on February 26 when she ran the fastest U.S. indoor 200m ever and the second fastest in world history at 22.09 seconds to win SEC Gold. It was the third straight year she had won the SEC 200 m gold medal and the third time she had broken the collegiate record.

She also broke the SEC championship record, school record, home meet record, and Gilliam Indoor Stadium record at Texas A&M.

The previous fastest indoor 200m in American history was Gwen Torrence’s 22.33 at the United States Championship in 1996.

The national champion is now 0.22 off Jamaican Merlene Ottey’s world indoor record of 21.87.

During the 2021-22 track and field season, Steiner earned the following achievements:

  • Member of the collegiate record 4x400m outdoor relay (3:21.93)

  • NCAA outdoor titles 200m and 4x400m

  • NCAA and SEC 200m title (indoor)

  • NCAA Silver and SEC Bronze in the 60m

  • NCAA bronze in the 100m (11.08)

  • NCAA 4x400m bronze relay (indoor)

  • Seventh-fastest 100 m runner in college history

  • SEC Indoor T&F Female Runner of the Year

  • Érudit SEC Indoor & Outdoor Scholar-Athlete of the Year

  • USTFCCCA Female Athlete of the Year (Indoor & Outdoor)

  • USTFCCCA Southeast Region Female Indoor and Outdoor Runner of the Year

  • Four-time SEC Female Runner of the Week

  • Five-time USTFCCCA Athlete of the Week

  • 7 times school record holder (60m, 100m, 200m indoor, 200m outdoor, 300m, 4x400m indoor, 4x400m outdoor)

  • Winner of the Honda Sports Award for Athletics

In addition to his SEC 200m gold medal, Steiner also won bronze in the 60m with a time of 7.19 and was a member of the 4x400m (3:25.89) bronze medal relay that ran under the previous collegiate record.

At Clemson in February, Steiner broke the college record in the 200m for the second time in her career and the first time in the 2021-22 season when she ran 22.37 for a victory in the event, taking possession exclusive of the record she shared with Olympian Gabby Thomas. .

Steiner broke the college record in the 200m for the first time at the NCAA championships in 2021 when she tied Thomas’ then-college record of 22.38 for her first national title.

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