Saucony Athlete Queen Harrison Wins Bowerman Award

Saucony athlete and 2008 Olympian Queen Harrison is the female winner of the prestigious Bowerman Award for 2010. Harrison’s award caps a season of stellar performances for Saucony track and field athletes.

LEXINGTON, MA (December 17, 2010) – Saucony athlete and 2008 Olympian Queen Harrison is the female winner of the prestigious Bowerman Award for 2010. Presented by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), The Bowerman is awarded to the year's best collegiate track and field athletes as voted on by the Bowerman Advisory Board and a handful of select media members. Harrison's award caps a season of stellar performances for Saucony track and field athletes as the brand continues its strategic build for London 2012.
Harrision, a native of Richmond, Va., became the first female in NCAA history to win both 100- and 400-meter hurdle national titles. In addition, Harrison won the NCAA indoor crown in the 60-meter hurdles. Harrison recorded the 2010 collegiate-best times in all three hurdle events spanning the indoor and outdoor seasons and went undefeated in every final of those events. Harrison broke the Virginia Tech school record in the100-meter hurdles en route to winning the Penn Relays title (12.61). Harrison was named the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Track Athlete of the Year for both the indoor and outdoor campaigns. Harrison competed in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
“This award is a true testament to Queen's talent, determination and work ethic,” said Mark Bossardet, vice president of sports marketing for Saucony. “The whole Saucony team congratulates her on this well-deserved honor. Queen is a phenomenally gifted athlete. Her competitive drive and inspiring personality make her a perfect fit for the brand, and we are extremely excited about her recent transition to the Saucony family. Together we look forward to the 2011 season and ultimately London in 2012,” said Bossardet.
The Bowerman is named in honor of legendary former University of Oregon coach Bill Bowerman who also coached the U.S. Olympic track team at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Bowerman was a key figure in the National Collegiate Track and Field Coaches Association, the predecessor to the modern day United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
The Bowerman Award is one of many accolades that Saucony athletes earned during the 2010 track season, including:
• In June, Wallace Spearmon, Jr. became Saucony's first athlete ever to take home a U.S. sprinting title by winning the 200-meters at the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships. He capped the 2010 season as the overall Diamond League 200-meter Champion.
• Saucony athletes nabbed three national records during the 2010 season: Nikki Hamblin, New Zealand (1500-meters); Deval O'Rourke, Ireland (100-meter hurdles); and Molly Huddle, USA (5000-meters).

• Dee Dee Trotter (USA) won a gold medal at the 2010 IAAF Indoor World Championships 4X400-meter relay.

For more information, please contact Sharon Barbano at Saucony (617-824-6126), or Jeff Lawrence at Mullen (617-226-9945),

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