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Help select the 2013 Jesse Owens Athletes of the Year

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.

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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 Hurdle 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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