Ole Miss’ Raven Saunders up for Bowerman Award again

Published 10:09 pm Wednesday, June 14, 2017

NEW ORLEANS — For the second straight year, Ole Miss star thrower Raven Saunders has been named a semifinalist for college track & field’s highest individual honor — The Bowerman — the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced Wednesday.

Saunders, who was one of three finalists for the award as a sophomore last year, is on the list of 10 women’s semifinalists again this season.

The Charleston, South Carolina, native captured her fourth career shot put national title at this year’s NCAA Indoor Championships when she broke her own collegiate record with a massive heave of 19.56 meters (64 feet, 2.25 inches) in College Station, Texas. That moved her into No. 4 all-time on the U.S. women’s indoor shot put list. She now boasts six of the top nine marks in NCAA indoor history. She also finished seventh in the weight throw (20.81m/68-3.25) to earn first team All-America honors in both throwing events.

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Saunders, who also broke the SEC meet record indoors (19.07m/62-6), was named USTFCCCA Women’s Indoor Co-National Field Athlete of the Year with Georgia’s Keturah Orji.

She was unable to capture the same magic outdoors, finishing fourth in the shot put last week in Eugene, Oregon. That still makes her a seven-time All-American in her college career, including five of those honors wearing an Ole Miss jersey.

Three finalists will be named on June 21.