Manning Places Fifth in 100m Hurdle Finals at Olympic Trials
June 24, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Former Ohio State track and field star Christina Manning gave her all Saturday in the semifinals and finals for the 100m hurdles at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Manning placed first in her semifinal heat to finish third overall to head into Saturday's evening final. The Waldorf, Md., native crossed the line in 12.72. In the finals, Manning placed fifth in 12.92 to miss qualifying for the Olympic team in an extremely competitive race. Nike's Dawn Harper (12.73) and Kellie Wells (12.77) finished first and second to secure spots on the Olympic team. Harper is the 2008 Olympic gold medalist and Wells is the 2011 U.S. champion. Lolo Jones, representing Asics, ran a time of 12.86 to claim the third and the final spot on the team for the 100m hurdles.
Although Manning did not qualify for this year's Olympic team, she posted one of the best seasons in Ohio State history as she captured NCAA titles in the 60 and 100m hurdles and All-America honors in the indoor 60m dash and outdoor 4x100m relay. Manning was also named the 2012 Suzy Favor Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, Ohio State's 2012 Female Athlete of the Year, the 2012 Great Lakes Region Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, 2012 Big Ten Indoor and Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year and the 2012 Indoor Big Ten Athlete of the Championships.