Dec. 7, 2011
SEATTLE - Washington State alum Jeshua Anderson is a nominee for the Male Sports Star of the Year, one of four categories that make up the 77th Annual Sports Star of the Year presented by ROOT SPORTS, the Seattle Sports Commission announced Tuesday.
Anderson is the reigning USA 400 meters hurdles champion, winning the title last summer at the USA Outdoor Championships. He is also a four-time Pac-10 and three-time NCAA champion. This is the second time Anderson has been nominated for this award; the first was three years ago after he won the Pac-10 and NCAA intermediate hurdles titles as a freshman.
There are five nominees in each of the categories of Professional Sports Star of the Year, Male Sports Star of the Year, Female Sports Star of the Year and Sports Story of the Year. Nominees were selected by the Sports Star of the Year Committee which is comprised of Seattle-area sports historians, media and major programs and franchises.
Fans can vote once every 24-hours for their favorite nominee in each category online at www.seattlesports.org from now until 5 p.m. PT January 20, 2012. The winners will be announced Wed., Jan. 25, 2012 at Benaroya Hall.
Nominees for Professional Sports Star of the Year: Jason Terry (Dallas Mavericks), Brandon League (Seattle Mariners), Dave Villwock (Hydroplane Driver), Kasey Keller (Seattle Sounders FC), and Earl Thomas (Seattle Seahawks).
Nominees for the Male Sports Star of the Year: Chris Polk (University of Washington Football), Chris Williams (University of Washington Golf), Isaiah Thomas (University of Washington Basketball), Jeshua Anderson (Washington State University Track), and Nathan Adrian (University of California Swimming).
Nominees for the Female Sports Star of the Year: Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga University Basketball), Jenn Salling (University of Washington Softball), Julie Woodward (Seattle University Women's Soccer Head Coach), Maddie Meyers (Northwest High School Runner), and Queen Underwood (USA Boxing).
Nominees for the Sports Story of the Year: Eastern Washington Football wins NCAA FCS National Championship, Seahawks stun the Saints in NFC Playoffs, Sounders FC wins third straight US Open Cup, Locals Hope Solo and Stephanie Cox lead the US Women's Soccer team to the World Cup Final, and University of Washington Crew wins third National Title in last five years.