ORLANDO, Fla. - Oregon multi-sport standout student-athlete, Liz Brenner, was included among the 19 nominees for the 2013 James E. Sullivan Award, which honors the nation's outstanding amateur athlete.
Brenner was a two-sport All-American in 2013, finishing eighth in the javelin at the NCAA Championships while being selected to AVCA All-America Second Team in volleyball. On the court, the Portland, Ore., native led the Pac-12 in kills (4.67/set) and ranked ninth in the country on her way to being named All-Pac-12 and AVCA All-Pacific Region. On the runway, she logged the third-longest javelin mark in Oregon history (168-9/51.43m).
During the 2012-13 basketball season, Brenner played in 20 games, averaging 7.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.
Voting is open to the public and will account for one-third of the athlete’s overall score. The nominees were nominated by someone who thought they fit the requirements of outstanding athletic ability, strong character, leadership and sportsmanship. The public can cast their vote by going to www.aausports.org. Voting will remain open until March 23rd at 11:59 EST.
Three finalists will be named no later than March 28th and the winner will be announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 11th at the AAU National Headquarters in Orlando, Fla.
The Sullivan Award has been presented annually since 1930, and is based on character, leadership and sportsmanship. Notable recipients of the AAU Sullivan Award include: Mark Spitz, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Florence Joyner, Peyton Manning, Michael Phelps, J.J. Redick, Tim Tebow, Shawn Johnson and Missy Franklin.