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Kansas Athlete of the Year Nominees
June 28, 2019
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2018-19 Big 12 Athlete of the Year candidates will be highlighted each weekday through July 10.

Fans will be able to vote for their male and female choices beginning on July 5 and concluding on July 10 on Big12Sports.com.

Fan voting will be considered in the final tally for selecting this prestigious award. Today’s featured candidates are Kansas standouts Nina Khmelnitckaia and Bryce Hoppel.

KU Female Athlete of the Year Candidate
Nina Khmelnitckaia; Women’s Tennis
Sr., Moscow, Russia

Accomplishments
^ Played an instrumental role in the Jayhawks’ 2019 Big 12 Championship run
^ 2019 ITA First Team All-American
^ Advanced to the round of 16 for the NCAA Doubles Championship and ranked as the No. 5 doubles tandem nationally
^ All-Big 12 Doubles First Team and All-Big 12 Singles Second Team in 2019
^ Teamed with Janet Koch to win the prestigious Riviera ITA Women’s All-America Doubles title in October 2018

KU Male Athlete of the Year Candidate
Bryce Hoppel; Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country
Jr.; Midland, Texas

Accomplishments
^ 2019 800-meter Run Outdoor NCAA National Champion
^ 2019 800-meter Run Indoor NCAA National Champion
^ First Team All-American in both Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field
^ 2019 USTFCCCA Midwest Region Men’s Outdoor and Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year
^ 2019 Indoor and Outdoor Big 12 Champion 800-meter and 2019 Indoor Big 12 Distance Medley Relay Champion

2018-19 Big 12 Athlete of the Year Candidates
Baylor: Lauren Cox (Women’s Basketball) and Davis Wendzel (Baseball)
Iowa State: Bridget Carleton (Women’s Basketball) and Edwin Kurgat (Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country)
Kansas: Nina Khmelnitckaia (Women’s Tennis) and Bryce Hoppel (Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country)
K-State: Peyton Williams (Women’s Basketball) and Tejaswin Shankar (Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country)
Oklahoma: Brenna Dowell (Gymnastics) and Kyler Murray (Football)
Oklahoma State: Sinclaire Johnson (Track & Field/Cross Country) and Viktor Hovland (Men’s Golf)
TCU: Destiny Longmire (Women’s Track & Field) and Chengetayi Mapaya (Men’s Track & Field)
Texas: Ashtin Zamzow (Women’s Track & Field) and Christian Sigsgaard (Men’s Tennis)
Texas Tech: Karli Hamilton (Softball) and Divine Oduduru (Men’s Track & Field)
West Virginia: Bianca St. Georges (Soccer) and Will Grier (Football)

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