U.S. Men’s Athlete Of The Year — Noah Lyles

Just as in 2018, the best of the American men was sprinter Noah Lyles. (ANDREW McCLANAHAN/PHOTO RUN)

TRACK & FIELD NEWS has been choosing a U.S. Men’s Athlete Of The Year since ’59. For the second year in a row, Noah Lyles was a runaway choice for the top spot, capturing 22 of the 31 votes for No. 1 by our international panel. Runner-up Sam Kendricks, the ’17 winner, picked up 5 No. 1s, with the rest going to Donavan Brazier (2) and Rai Benjamin & Ryan Crouser (1 each)…

Lyles was joined as a Top 10 repeater by Kendricks (was No. 3), Christian Coleman (was 2), Christian Taylor (was 4) and Crouser (was 5)… Taylor is now on a 6-year roll in the Top 10, while Crouser & Kendricks have 4-year streaks going.

The charting of this year’s voting (points are awarded in inverse order of place: 10-9-8… etc):

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total %
1. Noah Lyles 22 7 1 1 297 95.8%
2. Sam Kendricks 5 7 6 6 5 2 243 78.4%
3. Christian Coleman 5 14 7 3 2 234 75.5%
4. Donavan Brazier 2 9 3 6 7 2 2 227 73.2%
5. Christian Taylor 2 3 7 5 6 5 1 1 1 177 57.1%
6. Rai Benjamin 1 1 3 1 7 4 5 4 4 1 153 49.4%
7. Ryan Crouser 1 1 3 2 9 8 6 1 148 47.7%
8. Grant Holloway 1 1 6 4 9 7 3 103 33.2%
9. Will Claye 1 6 11 10 54 17.4%
10. Joe Kovacs 4 3 4 9 42 13.5%
11. Michael Norman 17; 12. Fred Kerley 7; 13. Justin Gatlin 3
View All The U.S. Men’s AOYs, 1959–2019 Jump To The U.S. Women’s Voting

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