Aug. 4, 2011
By Bob Thomas, Seminoles.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State track & field All-American Ngoni Makusha is not used to trailing, but that’s exactly what the Zimbabwe native is doing in the online voting for The Bowerman.
One of three finalists for track & field’s most prestigious collegiate award, Makusha needs one of his patented big finishes, which will require a little help.
Despite becoming just the fourth man in history to win the 100-meter dash and long jump at this year’s NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa – joining the distinguished trio of Jesse Owens, Carl Lewis and DeHart Hubbard – Makusha trails Washington State’s Jeshua Anderson and Florida’s Christian Taylor in the online voting.
Seminole fans and track enthusiasts can provide Makusha with a late push by casting a deserving vote, which takes less time than it required him smash Ato Bolden’s NCAA record in the 100-meter dash in 9.89, held since 1996.
Simply follow the link: http://www.thebowerman.org/news/let-your-voice-be-heard-online-fan-voting-for-the-bowerman-underway and vote Ngoni No. 1.
“It has been a great season for me, winning the ACC and setting the ACC record; going to the NCAA and setting the NCAA record,” Makusha said.”To be able to win The Bowerman award, it would mean the world to me. It’s very important that I win the award for the program and individually. I’m very honored to be a finalist for The Bowerman and can’t wait to see the final result.”
There’s little doubt that the former Seminole is deserving of the honor. Not only did he join elite company with his double, Makusha – who is now running professionally abroad in preparation for the World Championships – helped FSU to a runner-up finish at the NCAA meet. In addition to setting a new NCAA mark in the 100, he also established new Zimbabwean national records in both the sprint and with his winning long jump of 27-6 ¾, which was No. 2 in the world and the sixth-longest mark in collegiate history.
Makusha also lent a winning leg to FSU’s 4×100 meter relay team as the `Noles came within one point of the program’s third NCAA team title.
His performance in Des Moines capped a remarkable season, which included the same trifecta (100, long jump, 4×100) at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, highlighted by a new conference mark in the 100 (9.97) as the Seminoles won their seventh consecutive title. Makusha also won ACC and NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in the long jump.
Last week he became just the third Seminole in school history to be selected the ACC Men’s Athlete of the Year.
While he has closed the gap on Anderson and Taylor since the online began on August 1 – it wraps up August 16 – Makusha is used to being the guy in front. In 16 finals appearances in either the long jump, 100 or 4×100 in 2011, Makusha never finished worse than second, while scoring 13 victories.
The online voting is only one component of the voting for The Bowerman, which is named for legendary Oregon track & field and cross country coach Bill Bowerman. Members of The Bowerman Advisory board, former winners, media members, statisticians, collegiate administrators and members of the US Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) also cast ballots.