This afternoon's featured candidates are Kansas State's Erik Kynard and Ryann Krais.
MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR NOMINEE
Erik Kynard; Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
Junior; Manhattan, Kan.
♦ Ranked No. 4 in the world entering U.S. Olympic Trials and Olympic Games in the high jump
♦ 2012 U.S. Track & Field Olympic Trials 2nd place - member Team USA 2012 London Olympic Games
♦ 2012 NCAA Champion in the outdoor high jump - 2.34 meters (7-08.00), the eighth athlete in NCAA history to clear that height outdoors
♦ His jump tied for fifth in NCAA history, and set K-State school record and historic Drake Stadium facility record
♦ 2012 Big 12 champion indoor and outdoor in the high jump
Ryann Krais; Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
Senior; Eagleville, Pa.
♦ Placed 14th in the heptathlon at the 2012 NCAA outdoor championship
♦ Finished fifth in the pentathlon at the 2012 NCAA indoor championship
♦ 2012 Big 12 Champion indoor (pentathlon) and outdoor (heptathlon)
♦ Fifth in the 400-meter hurdles and eighth in the 4x400 releay at the 2012 Big 12 outdoor championship
♦ In the 2012 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, finished 23rd in the 4x400 and 39th in the 100m hurdles