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Oxford’s Sam Kendricks up for IAAF World Athlete of the Year

Sam Kendricks is vying to be the best in the world.

The Oxford native is a nominee for the 2017 IAAF World Athlete of the Year. Kendricks is one of three Americans, including fellow Mississippian Brittney Reese, up for the men’s and women’s awards.

Ten men and 10 women are being nominated by an international panel of athletics experts with finalists eventually being decided by a three-way voting process. The IAAF Council and IAAF Family will cast votes via email while fans can submit votes through graphics of each nominee posted to the IAAF’s social media accounts. A like on Facebook or a retweet on Twitter will count as a vote.

The council’s vote will count 50 percent toward the final tally while the family vote and the fan vote will each count for 25 percent. Voting ends Oct. 16. The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced at the IAAF Athletics Awards in Monaco on Nov. 24.

Kendricks, a graduate of Oxford High and a two-time NCAA outdoor pole vault champion during his time at Ole Miss from 2012-14, has put together a banner year after medaling with a third-place finish at the Rio Olympics in 2016. He won the world championship in the pole vault at the IAAF Worlds in London in August before capturing the IAAF Diamond League title in Zurich a few weeks later, his 12th win in as many outings at the time.

Here’s Kendricks’ nomination video.