Christina Manning won the gold medal in the 100m hurdles at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
June 9, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa -All-American Christina Manning claimed her first outdoor national title in the last race of her Ohio State career. Manning placed first in the 100m hurdles with a time of 12.89 to leave her mark after a runner-up finish last season. The sprinter/hurdler joins the most elite of ranks at Ohio State as there is only one other outdoor national champion in school history, Donica Merriman (100m hurdles, 2001).
"I was really ready," said Manning. "I was doing really good starts in warm-ups. I feel like here my start wasn't that great, so instead of panicking I just relaxed because I know that I'm the fastest in between and I knew that I would be able to pick it up."
The Waldorf, Md., native edged the Clemson hurdling duo of Brianna Rollins (12.91) and Bridgette Owens (13.10) just before the finish. Rollins and Owens took second and third, respectively.
"It feels amazing," Manning said. "I'm a senior. I just want to take this home. I had to leave it all on the track. I wish that I could've run a better time, but you know its okay. I got the win, so that's good."
"It was a very good day for our women's track and field team," head coach Karen Dennis said."I'm very proud of Christiene, Christina, Aisha, Chesna and Madison McNary, our alternate who helped us get this far. It's exciting to have our first 4x100 All-American relay team. Manning has been dominate in the 100m hurdles all year long and she has again proven she's the best collegiate hurdler in the country. She joins Hall of Famer Donica Merriman who also won an indoor and outdoor 100mh championship in 2001. Christina won in a strong headwind, which affected her time. However, she's excited to have won and to move on to the next phase in her career. Our year has had many memorable moments and this championship will never be forgotten."
With 14 total points, the Buckeyes finished 21st, the highest team finish for Ohio State since 2001. LSU took the team title with 76 points. Oregon (62 pts.) and Texas A&M (38 pts.) finished second and third, respectively.