Manning Named Suzy Favor Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year
June 18, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Christina Manning, a senior sprinter/hurdler on the Buckeye women's track and field team and a two-time NCAA champion in the 60 and 100m hurdles, has been awarded the 2012 Suzy Favor Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year award, the Big Ten Conference announced Monday evening. The Big Ten Athletes of the Year are selected by a panel of conference media members from nominations submitted by each institution.
Manning, who last week was named Ohio State's 2012 Female Athlete of the Year, is just the third Buckeye to win the Suzy Favor Award in school history, joining volleyball's Laura Davis in 1995 and women's basketball's Jessica Davenport in 2007.
"This is a tremendous honor for Christina, the women's track and field program and for The Ohio State University," head coach Karen Dennis said. "Christina has dedicated the year to improve as a sprinter/hurdler with emphasis to win the national championships and posture herself to be competitive at the Olympic Trials. I'm very proud of the manner in which she has challenged herself to be consistent in her training and focused in her competitions and I know she's proud of her achievements thus far. Christina is the quality of talent that comes along maybe once every decade and she's represented our track and field team and our university with humility, grace and the fierceness of champions we proudly produce here at The Ohio State University."
Manning had one of the best seasons in program history in 2012 and rewrote the Ohio State record books along the way. She claimed two NCAA national titles in the indoor 60m hurdles and outdoor 100m hurdles and also claimed All-America honors in the indoor 60m dash and outdoor 4x100m relay.
The 2012 Great Lakes Region Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, Manning claimed a total of six Big Ten championships in 2012. During the indoor championships she claimed gold medals in the 60m hurdles - in a Big Ten championship meet record time of 7.95 - and in the 60 and 200m dashes as Ohio State finished second overall. Then in the spring, she claimed three more individual titles and scored a grand total of 28 points as the Buckeyes won their second consecutive Big Ten outdoor title. Manning put on a show in Madison, Wis., last month at the outdoor championships, winning the 100m hurdles, 100m dash and 4x100m relay while placing second in the 200m dash.
Among her many other notable accomplishments this season, Manning set school records in the 60m dash (7.23), 60m hurdles (7.91), 100m hurdles (12.68) and 200m dash (23.43), posted a wind-aided time of 12.57 in the short hurdles at the Tom Jones Memorial, won Big Ten track athlete of the week five different times and was named Big Ten track athlete of the year during both the indoor and outdoor campaigns. Her school-record times in the 60 and 100m hurdles places her among the Top 5 in each event in the United States this year and her record 60m hurdle time ranks fourth all-time in the NCAA Division I record book. She was a top candidate for the Women's Bowerman Award - the top honor in collegiate track and field - and will compete at the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100m hurdles in Eugene, Ore., later this month.
The Waldorf, Md., native leaves the Buckeye program as an 11-time All-American and 10-time Big Ten champion, while also owning school records in four individual events (60- and 200-meter dash and 60- and 100-meter hurdles) and two relays (4x100-meter and sprint medley).
Michigan State men's basketball player Draymond Green was the winner of the Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year award.
The Big Ten Conference has recognized a Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year since 1982 when Indiana's Jim Spivey earned the inaugural award. The following year, a women's award was created. In 1991-92, as part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of women's athletics in the conference, the women's award was renamed in honor of former Wisconsin track standout and three-time recipient Suzy Favor.
The complete list of all-time winners for each award can be found below.
SUZY FAVOR FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS
JESSE OWENS MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS