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COLUMBUS, Ohio. – All-American Christina Manning and head coach Karen Dennis were honored by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Monday for their impressive accomplishments during the 2011 outdoor track and field season. Both Manning and Dennis were honored with the same awards during the indoor season as well.

Manning, one of the nation’s premier sprinter/hurdlers, was named Great Lakes Regional Track Athlete of the year. This award is not the only one that the Waldorf, Md., native has recorded this season. She was also named Big Ten Athlete of the Year and Athlete of the Championships after Ohio State claimed its first Big Ten outdoor title this season. At the conference meet Manning took first in the 100m dash, 100m hurdles and was a member of the winning 4x100m relay team. Manning ran PRs in the 100m dash (11.29) and 100m hurdles (12.86) at the championships to qualify for the NCAA East Regional preliminaries. There Manning ran a 13.03 in the 100m hurdles to qualify for the 2011 NCAA Championships where she will enter with the third-fastest time in the nation.

The junior will also be running the anchor leg in the 4x100m relay at the NCAA championships. This season she helped the team break a school record with their season-best performance of 43.93 at the Drake Relays.

Dennis was named Great Lakes Coach of the Year after the Buckeyes’ illustrious 2011 outdoor campaign. The fifth-year head coach led the Scarlet and Gray to the first Big Ten outdoor title in school history. On the final day of competition Dennis’ Buckeyes rallied to score 100 points to seal the victory. She also has six Big Ten champions and five NCAA championship qualifiers on her roster this season. The team is currently ranked 22nd in the nation and ended the year at the top of the Great Lakes Region.

Up Next
Manning and four other Buckeyes will compete in the 2011 NCAA Championships June 9-11 in Des Moines, Iowa.

TV Schedule:
Friday, June 10, 6:30pm – 8:30pm CT, CBS Sports Network (cable)
Saturday, June 11, 12:00pm – 2:00pm CT, CBS
NCAA.com/GoDrakeBulldogs.com will webcast portions of the meet in Des Moines that are not being broadcast on TV