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Track and field: Felix wins Owens award

Santa Clarita resident collects honor for a record fourth time

Posted: November 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: November 13, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Olympic gold medalists Allyson Felix and Ashton Eaton are the 2012 Jesse Owens Award winners.

It’s the record fourth time Felix, a Santa Clarita Valley resident, has been honored as the top track and field athlete in the U.S., and Eaton’s first.

Felix, won the 200 meters at the London Games for her first individual Olympic gold, and added victories in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.

The win in the 200-meter race was her first individual Olympic gold medal after she had earned silver in the same event in both 2004 and 2008.

Overall, Felix can claim ownership to four Olympic golds and two silvers, making her the most decorated homegrown Santa Clarita Valley Olympian of all time.

In addition to the Olympic medals, she’s a six-time national champion in the 200 and a three-time world champion.

She’s gone back and forth about whether to seek success in the individual 400, and she said Monday she expects to be willing to enter the longer event when the 2016 Rio Olympics roll around.

“I’m definitely open to it more,” the 26-year-old Felix said. “As I get older, the 400 may suit me more.”

Before that, Felix is heading to Africa for a 10-day trip with an organization that uses sports to promote development. It’s the sort of opportunity away from the track that her victories on it allow.

“I’ve been able to do a lot of things that I really wanted to do,” Felix said.

Eaton, of Eugene, Ore., broke the decathlon world record at the U.S. Olympic trials, topping 9,000 points, and then won the event in London.

USA Track and Field will present Eaton and Felix their awards Dec. 1 in Daytona Beach, Fla.


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