Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Washington State's Jeshua Anderson & Husky commit Maddie Meyers nominated for Seattle Sports Star award...

Washington State University's three-time NCAA champion, USA national champion and World University Games champ Jeshua Anderson, along with Maddie Meyers (left/photo by Paul Merca), the American high school record holder in the 2000-meter steeplechase, were announced as nominees for the 77th annual Sports Star of the Year award by the Seattle Sports Commission.

The Sports Star of the Year awards show, presented by ROOT Sports, will be held Wednesday January 25th at Seattle's Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle, which honors the athletes, coaches, media figures, stories, sports executives and others in Washington state for their achievements during the previous year or season.

Tickets for this event are $75, which includes the pre-show reception with complimentary beverages and heavy appetizers and the opportunity to mingle with the sports celebrities, or $35 for the show.

In 2011, Anderson won his fourth straight Pac-10 400 meter hurdles title, and went undefeated against collegiate competition during the 2011 outdoor season en route to winning his third NCAA title in the event. He also won the USA national title in Eugene with a thrilling stretch run that saw him dive across the line for the victory.

Anderson was named the Pac-10's male track athlete of the year, and was a member of Team USA at the IAAF world track & field championships in Daegu, Korea. Anderson will travel to San Antonio next week as one of three finalists for the USTFCCCA's Bowerman Award, given to the nation's top collegiate track & field athletes.

Meyers, the Northwest School senior who just recently posted on her Facebook page that she plans to attend the University of Washington next fall, broke the American record in the 2000 meter steeplechase twice this season, first at the USA World Youth Trials in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on June 28th, running 6:33.01, then lowering it again at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Villeneuve-d'Ascq, France, running 6:29.20 en route to a sixth place finish.

Meyers, who was the subject of an article in Track & Field News in its October issue, recently won her fourth straight WIAA state 1A cross country title to go along with her eight career state championships on the track. She finished fifth at the Nike Border Clash in Beaverton last month, after winning the title last year.

Nominees for the Male Sports Star of the Year include University of Washington running back Chris Polk; Husky guard Isaiah Thomas; Husky golfer Chris Williams; and University of California swimmer Nathan Adrian.

Nominees for the Female Sports Star of the Year include Gonzaga basketball player Courtney Vandersloot; Husky softball player Jenn Salling; SeattleU soccer coach Julie Woodward; and boxer Queen Underwood.

Nominees for the Professional Sports Star of the Year include Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks; Brandon League of the Seattle Mariners; hydro driver Dave Villwock; Seattle Sounders FC goalie Kasey Keller; and Earl Thomas of the Seattle Seahawks.

Seattle Pacific middle distance runner Jessica Pixler was the winner of the 2010 Female Sports Star of the Year.

Fans can vote once a day by going to this link.

NOTE: The Seattle Sports Commission contributed to this report.

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