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Voting Open for USA Track & Field’s Fan's Choice Awards

11/20/2013
 
INDIANAPOLIS - Voting opened today for the second annual USA Track & Field Fan’s Choice Awards, presented Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in conjunction with the 2013 USATF Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.
 
These awards provide an opportunity for supporters to select the top elite athletes from the list of nominees in each of the five categories listed below.

Voting concludes at 11:59 p.m. ET Sunday, Dec. 1. Fans can vote now by clicking here.

Below is a list of award categories and athlete nominees.
 
Field Performance of the Year
 
Brigetta Barrett - High Jump
At the USA Outdoor Championships, Barrett leaped her way to a height of 2.04m/6-8.25, posting the best jump in the world in 2013 on her way to a national title. Barrett’s mark is the all-time, second-best for an American woman behind Chaunte Lowe’s American record.
 
Amanda Bingson - Hammer Throw
At the USA Outdoor Championships, Bingson twice broke the American record, on her second (74.92m/245-9) and then third toss (75.73m/248-5). She celebrated her AR and national title with some on-field gymnastics.
 
Ashton Eaton - Decathlon
Coming off a world-record year, Eaton became the World Champion decathlete with 8,809 points. Included in his Worlds performance was a javelin PR (64.83m/212-8).
 
Jenn Suhr - Pole Vault
At the USA Indoor Championships, Suhr set her first world record (5.02m/16-5.50), breaking the previous mark held by legendary Yelena Isinbayeva to become just the second American woman ever to hold a pole vault world record. She also vaulted her way to a ninth American record and a seventh U.S. indoor title.
 
Ryan Whiting - Shot Put
At the Doha Diamond League meet, Whiting won the men’s shot put with a mark of 22.28m/73-1.25 to earn the best top throw by an American since 2007. Whiting also set a personal best and became the world leader in a year he held the top four throws.

Track Performance of the Year
 
LaShawn Merritt - Sprints
At the World Championships, Merritt won the 400m in a personal best of 43.74, winning the race by .66 seconds and posting the world’s fastest time since he won gold at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
 
David Oliver - Hurdles
At the World Outdoor Championships, Oliver won his first gold medal in the 110m hurdles to finish a spectacular comeback season. His time of 13.00 was the world’s fastest time in 2013.
 
Nick Symmonds - Middle Distance
When Symmonds won silver at World Championships in the 800m (1:43.55), he placed higher than any other American male in history. He also became the first American male to medal since 1997.
 
Jenny Simpson - Middle Distance
Simpson proved her 2011 world title was no fluke, winning silver in the 1,500m (4:02.99) at the 2013 IAAF World Championships. Her second place finish hlighted her top U.S. time in both the 1,500m (4:00.48) and 5,000m (14:56.26).
 
Breakthrough Athlete of the Year
 
Amanda Bingson - Hammer Throw
The 2012 Olympic Trials Runner-Up took her hammer-throwing career to another level in 2013. She set a personal best (72.16m/236-9) in early spring at Littlefield Texas Relays before setting two American Records at USA Outdoors (74.92m/245-9, 75.73 meters/248-5) in June. Bingson placed 10th at World Outdoors.

Mary Cain - Distance
A top high school runner became legend in 2013 when Cain set six national records in three races en route to a national title and worldwide exposure. She twice set American Junior Indoor records in the 1,500m (4:16.11 & 4:11.72), and she added indoor AJR’s in the mile (4:28.25) and 3,000 (9:04.51). She also set outdoor AJR’s in the 800 (1:59.51) and 1,500 (4:04.62). After setting her 800m record at the Prefontaine Classic, Cain trended No. 1 on Twitter. At age 16, she won her first USA Indoor title in the mile with a time of 5:05.68, making her the first prepster to win a national indoor title since Allyson Felix in 2003. In Moscow, she became the youngest woman in history to compete in the 1,500m final at the World Championships.
 
Brenda Martinez - Middle Distance
A three-time NCAA All-American and the 2012 USA Indoor Runner-up, Martinez rose up by dropping down before she made history. Previously known for her prowess in the 1,500m, in 2013 Martinez ran on the 4x800m relay that demolished the American Record by 13 seconds at USA vs. the World during Penn Relays. She won the London Diamond League action (800m - 1:58.19) and was second (800m -1:58.18) at the Prefontaine Classic. She capped her breakthrough year winning bronze 1:57.91) as the first American woman to medal in the 800m at the World Championships.
 
Tatyana McFadden - Paralympics
McFadden, a 10-time Paralympic track & field medalist, accomplished something no other athlete has done. She completed a marathon Grand Slam, winning all four World Marathon Majors and taking titles in Boston, Chicago, London and New York City in 2013. Showing unworldly range in July, she became the first athlete to win six gold medals at a single IPC Athletics World Championships, winning the 100m and the 1,500m in the same day. In total, she earned hardware in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5,000m.
 
Ryan Wilson - Hurdles
At 32 years old, Wilson made his mark on one of the most competitive events in the United States and world – the men’s 110m hurdles. At the USA Outdoor Championships, he won a national title in 13.08 against a daunting field that included world record holder Aries Merritt, reigning World Champion Jason Richardson, and former American record holder (and future 2013 World Champion) David Oliver. The win earned Wilson his first spot on a U.S. team for international competition. At the World Championships, he went on to win a silver medal.
 
Underdog Performance of the Year
 
Kimberlyn Duncan - Sprints
Duncan had previously won three straight NCAA outdoor titles in the 200m for LSU. At the USA Outdoor Championships, Duncan went up against three-time World Champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist Allyson Felix. Undaunted, Duncan raced to victory in a wind-aided 21.80 seconds, the sixth-fastest time ever run under all conditions.
 
Justin Gatlin - Sprints
Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic Champion and 2012 bronze medalist, was having his best season since 2005. At the Diamond League event in Rome, he competed as an underdog against the virtually-unbeatable Usain Bolt, but showed the world record holder and the world that Bolt was beatable. Gatlin finished in 9.94, which was .01 seconds ahead of the Jamaican.
 
Erik Sowinski - Middle Distance
The 106th Millrose Games had touted a matchup in the men’s 600m that pitted Olympic 5th-place finisher and national championships juggernaut Nick Symmonds against Olympic fourth place finisher Duane Solomon, who was coming off an American indoor record in the 600. Along came Erik Sowinski. The unattached University of Iowa grad and local shoe store employee stormed to the victory with a celebratory throwing-up of his hands. A few months later, he was no longer unsigned, inking a sponsorship deal with Nike.
 
Ben True - Cross Country
In a U.S. men’s distance landscape dominated by headline-grabbing names like Rupp, Ritz and Meb, True led the USA men’s team to a silver medal at the World Cross Country Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, with a sixth-place, individual finish to post the top finish for an American man in the 12 km in 27 years. Pretty impressive, True?
 
Ryan Wilson - Hurdles
When Ryan Wilson stepped up to the starting line alongside a world record holder, a World Champion and a former American record holder, he faced a tough task. But at 32 years old, Wilson ignored the hype and ran to his first U.S. title in the 110m hurdles in 13.08 seconds. He beat them all.
 
Best Record Breaking Performance
 
Amanda Bingson - Hammer Throw
Two records. One competition. Bingson twice broke the American record, on her second (74.92m/245-9) and then third toss (75.73m/248-5). She celebrated her AR and national title with some on-field gymnastics.
 
Michelle Carter - Shot Put
One of the top Americans in shot put and a medalist at World Indoors, World Juniors, the Pan Am Games and Pan Am Juniors, Carter won the U.S. outdoor title with an AR toss of 20.24m/66-4.75. It was the charismatic thrower’s fourth U.S. outdoor title and first American record.
 
Bernard Lagat - Distance
At 38 years old, and competing at the Millrose Games for the 12th time, Lagat broke the American record in the 2-mile, running 8:09.49 to break Galen Rupp’s mark of 8:09.72. Lagat has held indoor American records at five distances: 1,500m, mile, 3,000m, 2-mile, and 5,000m.
 
Brianna Rollins - Hurdles
Running against the deepest field at the USA Outdoor Championships, Rollins won her first national title in 12.26 to break the American record held by Hall of Famer Gail Devers (2000). She defeated an Olympic gold medalist, bronze medalist, and the World Indoor Champion who holds the American record. Rollins is also an NCAA Champion who owns the world title.
 
Galen Rupp - Distance
The record exchange between Rupp and Bernard Lagat continued in 2013. At the IAAF XL Galan Indoor Meeting in Stockholm, the Olympic 10,000m silver medalist broke the American record indoors in the 3,000m (7:30.18) to post a meet record as well. Rupp knocked off more than two seconds from Lagat’s previous American record (7:32.48) set in 2007.
 
Jenn Suhr - Pole Vault
At the USA Indoor Championships, Suhr set her first world record in pole vault, breaking the previous mark held by legendary Yelena Isinbayeva. She vaulted her way to a ninth American record, a seventh U.S. indoor title and her first world record at a height of 5.02m/16-5.50, becoming just the second American woman ever to hold a the event’s world record.

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