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USATF Fans Help Select Jesse Owens Awards Winners

October 16, 2013

Honoring the country’s top male and female track and field athletes, the Jesse Owens winners are selected by a vote of the media in combination with online fan balloting

 

INDIANAPOLIS — Track and field fans have the opportunity to help select USA Track & Field’s 2013 Jesse Owens Awards winners through online voting.

Honoring the country’s top male and female track and field athletes, the Jesse Owens winners are selected by a vote of the media in combination with online fan balloting, with media votes weighing 90 percent of the vote and fan voting 10 percent.

Established in 1981, The Jesse Owens Award is USA Track & Field's highest accolade, presented annually to the outstanding U.S. male and female track & field performers. This year’s awards will be presented December 7 at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USA Track & Field’s 2013 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

Seven women and seven men are nominated, below. Online voting concludes at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Oct. 18.

To vote, click here.
 

WOMEN


Brigetta Barrett, High Jump

    World Championship silver medalist
    NCAA Champion
    Her 2.04m/6-8.25 to win USA Outdoor title was the best in the world this year
    Set the collegiate record of 1.99m (6-6.25) at the Pac-12 Championships in Los Angeles on May 11


Mary Cain, 1500m

    Youngest woman to ever run in 1500m final at World Championships
    Set six records in three races - twice set American Junior records in the indoor 1500 (4:16.11 & 4:11.72), and added indoor AJR’s in the mile (4:28.25) and 3000 (9:04.51). Also set outdoor AJR’s in the 800 (1:59.51, subsequently broken by Ajee Wilson) and 1500 (4:04.62)


Michelle Carter, Shot Put

    Set American Record to win USA Outdoor title (20.24m/66-5)
    Third-farthest performer in the world in 2013
    Fourth at World Championships


Brianna Rollins, 100m Hurdles

    World Championship 100m hurdles gold medalist (12.44)
    Set American Record (12.26) to win USA Outdoor title
    Set Collegiate Record (12.39) to win NCAA Outdoor title
    NCAA Indoor 60m hurdle champion (7.79)
    Ran four of the five fastest times in the world this year


Brittney Reese, Long Jump

    World Championship long jump gold medalist (7.01m/23-0)
    Recorded the best jump in the world in 2013 (7.25m/23-9.5) in Doha


Jenny Simpson, 1500m

    World Championship 1500m silver medalist (4:02.99)
    USA Outdoor 5,000m Champion (15:33.77)
    Ran the fifth fastest 1500m time in the world this year, and the fastest time by an American (4:00.48)
    Ran the fastest 5,000m time by an American this year (14:56.26)


Jenn Suhr, Pole Vault

    Set indoor pole vault World Record of (5.02m/16-5) to win the USA Indoor Championships
    World Championship silver medalist (4.82m/15-9.75)
    Recorded the best jump in the world (indoors or outdoors) in 2013 (5.02m/16-5)

MEN


Ashton Eaton, Decathlon

    World Championship gold medalist
    8,809-point performance at Worlds was the top score of the year
    USA Outdoor champion


Justin Gatlin, 100m

    World Championship silver medalist in 100m and 4x100 relay
    USA Outdoor champion
    Diamond League champion


LaShawn Merritt, 400m

    Two-time World Championship gold medalist (400m and 4x400m)
    Diamond League champion
    Fastest man in the world at 43.74, and had six of the 10 fastest times this season


David Oliver, 110m Hurdles

    World Championship gold medalist
    Diamond League champion
    13.00 was the fastest time in the world


Nick Symmonds, 800m

    World Championship silver medalist
    Best ever placing by a U.S. athlete in the World Championship 800m
    Fastest time by an American at 1:43.03, and had five sub-1:44 clockings


Michael Tinsley, 400m Hurdles

    World Championship silver medalist
    USA Outdoor Champion
    Three of the top five times in the world, top U.S. time at 47.70


Ryan Whiting, Shot Put

    World Championship silver medalist
    Diamond League champion
    Four farthest throws in the world, topped by his 22.28m/73-1.25 at Doha
    Consistently threw 21m+, with 15 of his 16 meets at or above that mark


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