DES MOINES, Iowa – Ohio State junior All-American Christina Manning finished second in the finals of the 100m hurdles Saturday afternoon at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships, earning First Team All-American honors for the second time in her career.
Manning and eventual champion of Nia Ali of USC ran neck-and-neck for much of the race before Ali used a strong push over the final 20 meters to pull away from the 2011 Great Lakes and Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year and win the national title in a time of 12.63. Manning’s runner-up sprint of 12.72 seconds was a personal best and the second-fastest time in school history.
Manning’s partner-in-crime, senior Letecia Wright, also collected First Team All-American recognition with a fifth-place time of 13.00 seconds in her final race as a Buckeye. Wright closes her collegiate career as one of most decorated sprinter/hurdlers in Ohio State history. A six-time All-Big Ten performer, she played a key role in helping the women’s track and field team to its first Big Ten indoor championship in February before guiding the Buckeyes to their first outdoor title in May. Wright was a 2011 First Team All-American in the indoor 60m hurdles and a two-time Big Ten champion in the 4x100m relay.
With a total of 12 points – eight from Manning and four from Wright – the Buckeyes finished 26th in the team standings, their highest finish at the national championships since a 19th-place effort in 2000. Texas A&M won the team title with a total of 49 points.