SAN ANTONIO, TX (KTRE) - Stephen F. Austin senior pole vaulter Demi Payne did not take home the 2015 Bowerman Trophy in San Antonio Thursday night. The trophy was instead awarded to Oregon's Jenna Prandini. The award is the most prestigious individual honor for collegiate track and field.
Payne was the first member of the SFA Track and Field team, and the first representative of Southland Conference to be a finalist for the award for either gender.
Payne won the Bowerman Fan Vote back in August during the selection process.
Regardless, Payne still had a fantastic season reaching historic milestones and setting new records. Payne won 13 individual pole vault titles and broke five collegiate records during her first season at SFA, including the current national indoor standard of 15-7 (4.75m), which she set on Jan. 24 in New Mexico. She capped an incredible indoor season by winning a USATF national title in Boston on March 1.
In June, Payne became SFA's first NCAA Division I National Champion when she outlasted Arkansas' Sandi Morris in the women's pole vault final at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. From there she placed third at the USA Championships to qualify for the World Championships in Beijing as a member of Team USA.