2012 Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year Nominee - OSU's Zain Shaito

Zain Shaito is Ohio State's nominee for the Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year.

June 14, 2012

Through Monday, the Big Ten will highlight each of the 24 student-athletes nominated for the conference's Jesse Owens Male and Suzy Favor Female Athlete of the Year Awards. Award winners are voted on by a pre-selected media panel and will be announced live on BTN's season-ending awards show on Monday at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Zain Shaito - Ohio State - Fencing
Shaito became the third Buckeye foilist in the last seven seasons to earn gold at the NCAA championships to help Ohio State capture its third national title in program history. The sophomore was named a first-team All-American after capturing a second-team nod in his freshman campaign. He led Ohio States' men's foilists with 35 regular-season wins and earned gold at the Midwest Regional Qualifier. Shaito will represent Lebanon at the 2012 Olympic Games. Click HERE for more information on Zain.

Previously Highlighted Nominees:

Jessica Barnett, Iowa field hockey

Matt McDonough, Iowa wrestling

Kevin Plawecki, Purdue baseball

Ariel Turner, Purdue volleyball

Draymond Green, Michigan State basketball

Caroline Powers, Michigan State golf

Tony Nelson, Minnesota wrestler

Ashley Wittman, Minnesota volleyball

Lavonte David, Nebraska football

Ashley Miller, Nebraska track

Andrew Riley, Illinois track

Colleen Ward, Illinois volleyball

Christina Manning, Ohio State track