Former Oregon track and field stars Ashton Eaton and Nick Symmonds have both been nominated as finalists for the 2013 Jesse Owens Award, which goes to the nations’s best athlete in track and field year in and year out.
[gn_quote style=”1″]”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,” according to USATF.org.[/gn_quote]
Eaton, the defending golf medal olympian in the decathlon and current world record holder is considered one of the frontrunners for the award. But not too far behind is his former teammate Symmonds who also competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials. Symmonds currently holds the American record in the 800 meters at 1:43.03.