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Kentucky’s Harrison up for track’s top individual award Thursday night

Kentucky's Kendra Harrison, right, leads Florida's Bridgette Owens over the last hurdle to win the 100-meter hurdles during the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, June 13, 2015.
Kentucky's Kendra Harrison, right, leads Florida's Bridgette Owens over the last hurdle to win the 100-meter hurdles during the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore., Saturday, June 13, 2015. Associated Press

Former University of Kentucky hurdler Kendra Harrison is one of three finalists for the Bowerman Award, which will be presented during a ceremony in San Antonio on Thursday night.

The Bowerman Award is college track and field’s top individual honor.

The ceremony will be broadcast on the website of the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association beginning with the red carpet show at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony starts at 8 p.m.

Joining Harrison as finalists are Oregon’s Jenna Prandini and Stephen F. Austin’s Demi Payne.

Harrison went undefeated in short hurdles races (60-meter indoors and 100-meter outdoors) throughout the 2015 season. She won two NCAA championships and two Southeastern Conference titles in addition to the NCAA and SEC silver medals in the 400-meter hurdles.

Harrison was named USTFCCCA National Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, as voted upon by college coaches, in June.

Of the votes for the Bowerman Award — cast by media members, statisticians, USTFCCCA member coaches and other experts from around the nation — one is already known as Payne edged Harrison to claim the online fan vote, over the summer.

The 2015 men’s Bowerman finalists are Akron’s Shawn Barber, Oregon’s Edward Cheserek and Florida’s Marquis Dendy.

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