Raven Rogers win Bowerman Award

Raevyn Rogers Wins The Bowerman In 2017

Raven Rogers won the Bowerman and became the third Woman of Oregon in the past four years to take home collegiate track & field’s highest honor. She joined Laura Roesler (2014) and Jenna Prandini (2015) .

This batch of women’s finalists was the most accomplished in the history of the award as never before had all three women broke collegiate records in the same season. Rogers lowered the outdoor 800-meter mark and chipped in on several record-breaking relays, Maggie Ewen demolished a 10-year-old standard in the hammer, while Keturah Orjimatched her American and collegiate outdoor records with the indoor versions.

After winning the indoor half-mile title and helping the Ducks to a collegiate indoor record in the distance medley relay earlier in the season, Rogers earned the collegiate record she coveted in the narrowest way possible. Rogers clocked a time of 1:59.10 in the outdoor 800  the old mark of 1:59.11 set by Suzy Favor in 1990.

At the outdoor NCAA meet Rogers won the 800 and anchored Oregon to a thrilling record-setting victory in the 4×400. Thanks to Rogers’ gutsy anchor leg in the relay, the Ducks put the finishing touches on the first Triple Crown in NCAA Division I women’s history. Never before had a women’s team won the cross country, indoor and outdoor track & field titles in the same academic year.