Former Ole Miss athlete wins top track award

World champion Sam Kendricks was voted one of the USA Track and Field's top athletes for 2017.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2017 2:56 PM
Updated: Nov. 20, 2017 2:56 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - World champion Sam Kendricks was voted one of the USA Track and Field's top athletes for 2017.

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Kendricks finished the season undefeated in the pole vault, picking up a world title along the way.  Emma Coburn captured the steeplechase title at the London world championships in August.

The winners were determined by a media and fan vote. They will be honored at a banquet on Dec. 2 in Columbus, Ohio.

Coburn of Crested Butte, Colorado, led a 1-2 finish in London. She took over the lead on the final water jump and held off teammate Courtney Frerichs. It marked the first time Americans have finished 1-2 in a steeplechase at the worlds or the Olympics.

Kendricks of Oxford, Mississippi, finished 17-0. He also serves as a reserve in the U.S. Army.

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