NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The last chance to vote Stephen F. Austin's Demi Payne for The Bowerman Trophy is today. To vote now, click here.
The time has come to vote for Stephen F. Austin's Demi Payne in the Fan Vote component for The Bowerman Trophy – collegiate track and field's highest individual honor. The voting process provides the opportunity for the SFA community and supporters of track and field to honor Payne's 2015 success by voting at TheBowerman.org.
Fans can vote once per device each day over the course of the July 27-August 11 voting period. The direct link to vote can be found here: http://bit.ly/1JKrb5L .
Payne experienced one of the best seasons the pole vault world has ever seen in her first year at SFA, winning the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Pole Vault Title, breaking the collegiate indoor record three times and winning her first USA Track and Field National Championship during the indoor season. In just one year, she notched five of the top seven jumps in collegiate indoor history and now owns seven of the top 11 marks in outdoor history.
For all of her accomplishments in 2015, Payne was selected as one of three finalists for The Bowerman Trophy on July 9, along with Kentucky's Kendra Harrison and Oregon's Jenna Prandini. Her selection as a finalist makes her the first representative from SFA and the entire Southland Conference for either gender.
Once fans cast their votes, they can spread the word about Payne and encourage their friends to vote by sharing the voting link and using the hashtag #Payne4Bowerman on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
More than just bragging rights are at stake in the fan vote. The results will count in the overall voting process as one vote alongside those of the nation's top track & field media members, statisticians, administrators and coaches.
Online fan voting started in 2009 with more than 200,000 votes having been cast since, including more than 25,000 votes cast each year. Last year saw more than 30,000 votes cast as Deon Lendore and Laura Roesler earned fan vote victories before both eventually hoisted The Bowerman Trophy later that year.
Paper balloting by The Bowerman Advisory Board, past winners, selected media personnel, statisticians, and collegiate administrators, is also underway until August 11. An independent accounting firm will collect, tabulate, and certify final results and will keep the result secret until the envelope is opened in December.
The award, in its sixth year of existence, will be presented in a ceremony at the USTFCCCA Convention on December 17 at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa.
For more information on the USTFCCCA and the Bowerman award, visit TheBowerman.org.