Big 12 Athlete of the Year Voting Open

Fan voting for Big 12 Female and Male Athlete of the Year is NOW OPEN and will close at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, July 10. Fans can select their top choice by visiting or going directly to

The fan selection will be considered in the final tally for the prestigious award. The 2018-19 Big 12 Athletes of the Year will be announced LIVE on the Big 12’s social media platforms (Facebook and Twitter) on Thursday, July 11.

Below is a list of 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)

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