Collegiate Outdoor Athletes Of The Year — Grant Holloway & Sha’Carri Richardson

THE CRACKING OF ANCIENT Collegiate Records proved to be the key to this year’s choices as Collegiate Outdoor Athletes Of The Year. Grant Holloway of Florida and Sha’Carri Richardson of LSU did the honors. Holloway’s 12.98 in the 110H finally took down Renaldo Nehemiah’s legendary 13.00 from ’79, while Richardson’s 10.75 century erased both Dawn Sowell’s 10.78(A) from ’89. It took more than just that one performance for them to come out on top, however.

Holloway buttressed his case for the top spot by also producing the Nos. =5, 7, 8 & 10 performances on the all-time collegiate list. And while our protocol doesn’t give any credit for running on high-performing relay teams—these are individual honors, after all—the Gator junior did get some credit for the value of the fastest 4×4 leg in Austin, his 43.74. Holloway narrowly edged Texas Tech junior, Divine Oduduru, the winner of a 100/200 double at Nationals, who moved to No. 2 on the all-time collegiate list in each dash. Oduduru was also undefeated all season, whereas Holloway did lose once, but that to Daniel Roberts, who also tied the old CR. Honorable mention status also to vaulter Chris Nilsen (South Dakota) and HJ/LJ doubler JuVaughn Richardson (LSU).

As for Richardson, she was undefeated in the 100 by collegians and lost only the NCAA final in the 200, moving to No. 5 collegian ever in that event. Honorable mention to Janeek Brown, whose 12.40 hurdle win missed the CR by just 0.01. The Arkansas soph then came back to take 4th in the 200.

The all-time winners, since we began this award in ’95 (women are listed with the last name they were using at the time):

Year Men’s AOY Women’s AOY
2019 Grant Holloway (Florida) Sha’Carri Richardson (LSU)
2018 Michael Norman (USC) Maggie Ewen (Arizona State)
2017 Fred Kerley (Texas A&M) Raevyn Rogers (Oregon)
2016 Jarrion Lawson (Arkansas) Courtney Okolo (Texas)
2015 Shawn Barber (Akron) Jenna Prandini (Oregon)
2014 Trayvon Bromell (Baylor) Courtney Okolo (Texas)
2013 Derek Drouin (Indiana) Brianna Rollins (Clemson)
2012 Cam Levins (Southern Utah) Brianne Theisen (Oregon)
2011 Ngoni Makusha (Florida State) Sheila Reid (Villanova)
2010 Ryan Whiting (Arizona State) Queen Harrison (Virginia Tech)
2009 Galen Rupp (Oregon) Jenny Barringer (Colorado)
2008 Richard Thompson (LSU) Sally Kipyego (Texas Tech)
2007 Walter Dix (Florida State) Natasha Hastings (South Carolina)
2006 Xavier Carter (LSU) Ginnie Powell (USC)
2005 Kerron Clement (Florida) Monique Henderson (UCLA)
2004 Alistair Cragg (Arkansas) Sheena Johnson (UCLA)
2003 Daniel Lincoln (Arkansas) Sanya Richards (Texas)
2002 Justin Gatlin (Tennessee) Lashinda Demus (South Carolina)
2001 Janus Robberts (SMU) Brianna Glenn (Arizona)
2000 Gábor Máté (Auburn) Seilala Sua (UCLA)
1999 Terrence Trammell (South Carolina) Suziann Reid (Texas)
1998 Angelo Taylor (Georgia Tech) Amy Skieresz (Arizona)
1997 Robert Howard (Arkansas) Tiffany Lott-Hogan (BYU)
1996 Ato Boldon (UCLA) Tonya Williams (Illinois)
1995 John Godina (UCLA) Diane Guthrie-Gresham (George Mason)

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