UT shot putter Ryan Crouser practices at Myers Stadium on Tuesday March 10, 2015. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Crouser named Bowerman Award semifinalist

Posted June 16th, 2016

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Former Texas thrower Ryan Crouser was named a semifinalist for the men’s 2016 Bowerman Award by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on Thursday.

Crouser, a four-time NCAA champion, is among nine other athletes competing for the honor. He tied the all-time best indoor throw when he posted a mark of 71 feet, 3 1/2 inches at the Big 12 Indoor Championship. He won his eighth Big 12 title for Texas as a result.

At the NCAA Indoor Championships Crouser finished off his career with a throw of 69-9 3/4 to win the shot put title. His efforts helped the Longhorns take a fifth place finish at the event. His indoor season earned him the USTFCCCA Field Athlete of the Year award.

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Crouser is currently training for the Olympic Trials which will be held in Eugene, Ore. in July.

Courtney Okolo is a semifinalist for the women’s Bowerman Award.

2016 Men’s Bowerman Award Semifinalists (listed alphabetically)

Devon Allen, Oregon

Donavan Brazier, Texas A&M

Edward Cheserek, Oregon

Ryan Crouser, Texas

Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas

Brandon McBride, Mississippi State

Nick Miller, Oklahoma State

Clayton Murphy, Akron

Lindon Victor, Texas A&M

Zach Ziemek, Wisconsin

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