Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Bernard Lagat finishes 7th in Track & Field News' 2009 US Athlete of the Year voting...

For as long as I’ve followed the sport, I’ve always anticipated the receipt of Track & Field News’ season ending rankings, world and American lists in early January.

Though the results of the 2009 Athlete of the Year voting was announced in mid-December (Usain Bolt was voted the men’s Athlete of the Year; Sanya Richards won the women’s honors, and Tyson Gay won the US athlete of the year) by the magazine’s 32-member panel, readers had to wait until the magazine reached their possession to see how their favorite stars fared.

Here’s how Washington affiliated athletes fared in the rankings:


800m—Ryan Brown, 4th US (Renton HS/UW)

1500—Bernard Lagat, 7th world, 1st US (Washington State)

5000—Lagat, 2nd world, 1st US

400 hurdles—Jeshua Anderson, 6th US (Washington State)

Pole vault—Brad Walker, 3rd US (University HS/UW); Scott Roth, 10th US (UW)

Discus—Jarred Rome (above/photo by Paul Merca), 2nd US (Marysville-Pilchuck HS); Ian Waltz, 3rd US (Washington State); Drew Ulrick, 9th US (Washington State)

Decathlon—Chris Randolph, 5ht US (Seattle Pacific)


Steeplechase—Mel Lawrence, 7th US (UW)

100 hurdles—Ginnie Powell, 9th world, 4th US (Rainier Beach HS)

Discus—Aretha Thurmond, 2nd US (Renton HS/UW)

Javelin—Kara Patterson, 2nd US (Skyview HS); Marissa Tschida, 9th US (Washington State)

Heptathlon—Diana Pickler, 2nd US (Washington State).

Lagat, the bronze medalist in the 1500, and the silver medalist in the 5000 at the world championships in Berlin, was the only Washington affiliated athlete to receive votes in the magazine’s US athlete of the year, finishing seventh, and obtaining 112 votes, or 40% from the panel (panelists were asked to vote for 10 athletes with 10 points for 1st, 9 for 2nd, 8 for 3rd, etc).

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