Nelvis fan vote for The Bowerman now underway

Nelvis fan vote for The Bowerman now underway
NEW ORLEANS ( – Fan voting for collegiate track and field’s top award, The Bowerman, is now available online and Arkansas State University fans can show their support for A-State All-America hurdler Sharika Nelvis by voting daily.

Nelvis, the 2014 NCAA Division I national champion in both the indoor 60-meter hurdles and outdoor 100-meter hurdles, is one of three finalists for The Bowerman this year on the women’s side.  Joining Nelvis as 2014 award finalists are Courtney Okolo of Texas and Laura Roesler of Oregon.

The Bowerman Trophy, which was first awarded in 2009, is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.

The results of the online fan voting, which concludes Aug. 12, will count as one vote in the overall voting process alongside those of the nation’s top track & field media members, statisicians, administrators and coaches. Fans can vote here:
A-State fans are encouraged to follow @TheBowerman on Twitter and use the hashtag #VoteNelvis to spread awareness to the online voting and also “The Bowerman” on Facebook.  Posts containing the #VoteNelvis hashtag won’t count in the overall vote total.
Paper balloting by The Bowerman Advisory Board, past winners, selected media personnel, statisticians and collegiate administrators is also underway until August 12.  An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate and certify final results until the envelope is opened in December.  The award, which is in its sixth year of existence, will be presented in a ceremony at the USTFCCCA Convention on December 17 at the JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge in Phoenix, Ariz.

A three-time (2012-14) U.S. Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Indoor and Outdoor All-America selection, Nelvis was named the 2014 Honda Sports Award recipient for women’s track and field and the 2013-14 Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Female Athlete of the Year.  A native of Memphis, Tenn., Nelvis was honored as the 2014 USTFCCCA South Central Region Women’s Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year along with being tabbed the SBC Women’s Most Outstanding Track Performer following conference-meet leading 38 points by winning individual league titles in the 100-meter hurdles, 100-meter dash, and 200-meter dash.  The three-time (2012-14) All-SBC First-Team honoree was chosen as the USTFCCCA’s Division I National Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week this spring (May 12).

Nelvis was selected the 2014 SBC Women’s Outdoor Indoor Track Athlete as well after taking top individual honors at the 2014 conference meet in the long jump, 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash, and 60-meter hurdles events en route to accumulating conference-meet high 40 points.

Nelvis is a Sun Belt Conference representative for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year Award and was the 2013-14 recipient of A-State Athletics’ Terry Gwin Award for leadership, citizenship, scholarship and athletic performance.  She concluded her illustrious A-State career as the current record holder in five indoor and four outdoor events.