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

A 19.69 win for Noah Lyles at Pre was the first of his 4 straight 19.6 performances. (KIRBY LEE/IMAGE OF SPORT)

Track & Field News has been choosing a U.S. Men’s Athlete Of The Year since 1959. This year’s winner, sprinter Noah Lyles, was a runaway choice, garnering 22 of the 26 votes for No. 1 from our international panel and had no votes lower than No. 3. The other votes for the top spot went to Christian Coleman (3) and reigning No. 1 Sam Kendricks (1)…

If this year’s Top 10 names look familiar it’s because 6 of them are repeaters from last year: Kendricks was No. 1, Christian Taylor No. 2, Ryan Crouser No. 4, Coleman No. 6, Evan Jager No. 7 and Fred Kerley No. 10. Taylor and Jager are on 5-year rolls, with Taylor’s positions since ’14 being 4-2-2-2-4 and Jager’s being 4-6-5-7-9. Crouser (3) and Kendricks (9) also scored in ’16, for 3-year streaks.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Tot.
1. Noah Lyles 22 3 1 255 98.1%
2. Christian Coleman 3 12 2 5 3 1 211 81.2%
3. Sam Kendricks 1 5 13 5 2 204 78.5%
4. Christian Taylor 3 6 11 4 1 1 181 69.6%
5. Ryan Crouser 3 1 1 6 6 5 2 2 136 52.3%
6. Ronnie Baker 2 3 10 7 1 2 1 118 45.4%
7. Michael Norman 3 1 2 3 6 5 4 85 32.7%
8. Fred Kerley 1 4 3 4 3 3 3 80 30.8%
9. Evan Jager 4 3 2 6 4 5 78 30.0%
10. Paul Chelimo 1 2 7 5 4 49 18.8%
11. Darrell Hill 18; 12. Will Claye 11; 13. Jeff Henderson 4.
View All The U.S. Men’s AOYs, 1959–2018 Jump To The U.S. Women’s Top 10

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