INDIANAPOLIS - For the first time, track and field fans have the opportunity to help select the 2009 Jesse Owens Awards winners. The honors going to the sport's top athletes of the year is selected by a vote of the media; this year, an online fan balloting will account for 10 percent of the votes.
Cast your vote by 3 p.m. Eastern Time on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13. BE SURE TO CHOOSE ONE MALE AND ONE FEMALE WINNER.
This year's awards will be presented December 5 at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held in conjunction with USA Track & Field's 2009 Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, December 2-6.
The Jesse Owens Award was established in 1981 as a tribute to the man whose accomplishments are forever enshrined in sports history. It is USA Track & Field's highest accolade, and is presented annually to the individuals selected through a nominating and voting procedure as the outstanding American performers of the year in Athletics.
Two lucky fans who participate in the voting will be chosen at random to receive the ultimate apparel gift package, including autographed gear. Four more fans chosen at random receive USA Track & Field/Nike merchandise. Read the official rules of the contest.
The candidates for the 2009 Jesse Owens Awards are listed in alphabetical order.
Men - Christian Cantwell, Kerron Clement, Tyson Gay, Trey Hardee, Bernard Lagat, LaShawn Merritt and Dwight Phillips.
Women - Jenny Barringer, Allyson Felix, Carmelita Jeter, Brittney Reese and Sanya Richards.
For more information on the candidates and to vote for your favorite, visit USATF.org
About USA Track & Field
USA Track & Field (USATF) is the National Governing Body for track and field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States. USATF encompasses the world's oldest organized sports, some of the most-watched events of Olympic broadcasts, the #1 high school and junior high school participatory sport and more than 30 million adult runners in the United States.
For more information on USATF, visit USATF.org.