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Oregon 800 runner Raevyn Rogers wins Bowerman fan vote

The fans have spoken.

Track and Field: 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Track & Field James Lang-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, Oregon track and field’s Raevyn Rogers won The Bowerman Fan Vote for 2017, just barely edging out her competition.

Out of more than 39,000 votes, Rogers earned 35.5 percent of the vote while Georgia’s Keturah Orji finished second with 33 percent of the vote. Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen took third, with 31.5 percent of the vote.

Rogers is the first woman from Oregon to win The Bowerman Fan Vote since Laura Roesler did so in 2014.

The fan vote actually has an impact on the voting when The Bowerman (track and field’s equivalent of The Heisman) is handed out in December. Rogers now has an official lead on the rest of the field with one first-place vote thanks to her win in the fan vote. When Roesler won the fan vote in 2014, she would go on to win The Bowerman in December.

The winners of The Bowerman will be announced on December 15 at the USATFCCCA Convention in Phoenix, Ariz.