Head Coach Karen Dennis
June 5, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio State All-American Christina Manning and head coach Karen Dennis were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday afternoon for their noteworthy accomplishments during the 2012 outdoor season.
For the second year in a row, Manning was named the Great Lakes Region Track Athlete of the Year after a stellar senior season that is not over yet. This is the fourth consecutive Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year award for Manning as she also collected the honor during the 2011 and 2012 indoor seasons. The Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year set the school record (12.68) in the 100m hurdles early in the season and then won conference titles in the 100m dash (11.49), 100m hurdles (12.71) and as a member of the 4x100m relay (school record, 43.70). Manning also picked up a runner-up finish in the 200m dash (23.30) to help the Buckeyes win their second consecutive Big Ten championship.
Manning will enter the 2012 NCAA Championships this weekend with the Ohio State 4x100m relay team and with the fastest 100m hurdle time in Division I. The Waldorf, Md., native is also on the Bowerman Women's Watch List. The Bowerman is presented annually by the USTFCCCA to the most outstanding male and female collegiate track & field athletes in the nation.
Dennis was named Great Lakes Coach of the Year for the second outdoor season in a row. The sixth-year head coach guided a powerful Scarlet and Gray squad to their second consecutive Big Ten outdoor title and only the second title for the team in school history. Under Dennis' leadership, Manning and fellow Big Ten champion Alexis Thomas were also awarded top conference honors. Thomas was named the first Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year and Field Athlete of the Championships in Ohio State history. Nine members of Dennis' Big Ten championship squad will compete this weekend at the NCAA championships. Ohio State is currently ranked 22nd in the nation and ended the year at the top of the Great Lakes Region.
Several members of the Scarlet and Gray will compete in the 2012 NCAA Championships June 6-9 in Des Moines, Iowa on the Drake Campus.