T&FN’s U.S. WOMEN’S
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR

Track & Field News has been formally choosing a U.S. Women’s Athlete Of The Year since 1976.

Back-to-back titles have been won by Mary Slaney (1982–83), Jackie Joyner-Kersee (1986–87), JJK again (1991–92), Marion Jones (1997–99 for 3 straight), Stacy Dragila (2000–01) & Gail Devers (2002–03).

Overall, 6 women have won more than twice: JJK & Allyson Felix 5, Devers & Slaney 4, Jones & Evelyn Ashford 3.

The all-time women’s winners, with the event(s) in which they made the World Rankings that year (if the events are out of normal event order, it reflects the existence of a “primary” discipline):

1970s
1976 Kathy McMillan (North Carolina HS) Long Jump
1977 Kate Schmidt (Pacific Coast Club) Javelin
1978 Jane Frederick (LA Naturite) Pentathlon
1979 Evelyn Ashford (UCLA) 100, 200

 

1980s
1980 Mary Slaney (Athletics West) 1500
1981 Evelyn Ashford (Medalist TC) 100, 200
1982 Mary Slaney (Athletics West) 1500, 3000
1983 Mary Slaney (Athletics West) 1500, 3000
1984 Evelyn Ashford (Puma TC) 100
1985 Mary Slaney (Athletics West) 1500, 3000, 5000
1986 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (World Class AC) Long Jump, Heptathlon
1987 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (World Class AC) 100 Hurdles, Long Jump, Hept
1988 Florence Griffith Joyner (World Class AC) 100, 200
1989 Sandra Farmer-Patrick (Flojo TC) 400 Hurdles

 

1990s
1990 PattiSue Plumer (Nike International) 3000, 5000
1991 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (McDonald’s AC) Long Jump, Heptathlon
1992 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (McDonald’s AC) Long Jump, Heptathlon
1993 Gail Devers (Nike International) 100, 100 Hurdles
1994 Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Honda TC) 100 Hurdles, Long Jump, Heptathlon
1995 Gwen Torrence (Mazda TC) 100, 200
1996 Gail Devers (Nike) 100, 100 Hurdles
1997 Marion Jones (Nike) 100, 200
1998 Marion Jones (Nike) 100, 200, Long Jump
1999 Marion Jones (Nike) 100, 200, Long Jump

 

2000s
2000* Stacy Dragila (Nike) Pole Vault
2001 Stacy Dragila (Nike) Pole Vault
2002* Gail Devers (Nike) 100 Hurdles
2003* Gail Devers (Nike) 100, 100 Hurdles
2004 Joanna Hayes (Nike) 100 Hurdles
2005 Allyson Felix (adidas) 100, 200
2006 Sanya Richards-Ross (Nike) 200, 400
2007 Allyson Felix (adidas) 100, 200, 400
2008 Jenn Suhr (adidas) Pole Vault
2009 Sanya Richards-Ross (Nike) 200, 400

 

2010s
2010 Allyson Felix (Nike) 200, 400
2011 Carmelita Jeter (Nike) 100, 200
2012 Allyson Felix (Nike) 100, 200
2013 Brianna Rollins (Clemson) 100 Hurdles
2014 Dawn Harper Nelson (Nike) 100 Hurdles
2015 Allyson Felix (Nike) 200, 400
2016 Keni Harrison (adidas) 100 Hurdles

(* Marion Jones led the voting in ’00 & ’02 and Kelli White led in ’03, but those three honors were revoked after retroactive drug revelations)