Raevyn Rogers was rewarded for her stellar 2017 season on Friday night with The Bowerman, collegiate track and field's most prestigious award.
Rogers becomes the third Bowerman winner in the last four years for the Women of Oregon, joining Laura Roesler (2014) and Jenna Prandini (2015). The Houston, Texas, native edged out Arizona State's Maggie Ewen and Georgia's Keturah Orji for the top award in the sport.
"I am very honored to be among some of the greatest, Keturah and Maggie, and the past winners," Rogers said in her acceptance speech. "This means a lot to me, definitely, to be among some of these strong women."
Watch Rogers' full acceptance speech in the video below.
A six-time NCAA champion, three-time Pac-12 champion and eight-time all-American in three seasons with the Ducks, Rogers put together a stellar junior season in 2017 before electing to join the professional ranks. She won the NCAA 800 meter title both indoors and outdoors, giving her five straight NCAA titles at that distance and making her the first person in NCAA history to win three straight NCAA outdoor championships in the 800.
Despite her dominance in the 800 meters, Rogers' career will likely be remembered most for her final leg of the 4x400 relay at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Needing first place in the relay to win the team outdoor title and complete the first Triple Crown in NCAA women's D-I history, Rogers ran a blistering 49.77 final lap, the sixth-fastest split in meet history, to edge out USC's Kendall Williams and secure the historic victory.
In addition to clutch victories, Rogers also played a major role in rewriting the collegiate record books during her final season at Oregon. Rogers broke the 27-year-old collegiate record in the 800 meters at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 15, winning in 1:59.10 to best Suzy Favor's mark that stood since 1990. She helped break a 13-year-old collegiate record in the 4x400 with her historic final leg, leading the Ducks to a blazing 3:23.13 finish. She also helped the Ducks break collegiate records in the indoor distance-medley relay and the outdoor sprint-medley relay.
Rogers was also the USTFCCCA women's outdoor track athlete of the year for 2017.
Rogers' Bowerman win gives the UO women their third, the most of any school in the nation. The four all-time finalists for the Women of Oregon is also the most in the nation, and the Men of Oregon lead the country in both winners (two) and finalists (seven).
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