June 26, 2017
Columbus, Ohio – With lots of hard work and determination, a lifelong dream of making Team USA came to fruition for Christina Manning, a former Ohio State track and field star, on Saturday (June 24) at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Competing in the 100m hurdles in a group of 24 women, Manning needed to finish first, second, or third to secure her berth to the IAAF World Championships, and that she did.
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“I’m extremely blessed and super ecstatic about making the national team,” the elite hurdler said. “It’s my first team I’ve made and it’s been a long time coming.
“I’m just glad to have truly trusted God and kept my faith strong in Him through it all because He is the reason I was able to persevere through all the hardships I’ve faced.”
Considered to be the toughest discipline to qualify for Team USA on the women’s side, Manning had her work cut out for her. Manning got things started on Friday evening with a smooth 12.77 to win her heat and auto-advance to Saturday’s semifinals.
Advancing to the round of 16, Manning was placed in the second of two heats, and she had to finish in one of the top four spots to move on. Bursting out of the blocks, Manning punched a 12.71 to take second in the heat to advance to the finals.
Returning to the finals an hour and a half later, Manning wasn’t going to let this opportunity go without a tremendous effort. “At the line, I was like, ‘I am not letting up whatsoever,” she mentioned in an interview with Team USA afterwards. “I am not giving up a spot.’ … I was pushing the whole time. It was like a blur. I just remember getting out, running across the line and looking up and seeing my name.”
When she looked up at the scoreboard after the conclusion of the race, she saw her name etched in the third slot with a readout of 12.70, and that’s when reality set in that she will be representing Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in London. The first round and semifinals of the 100m hurdles at the world championships will take place on Friday, August 11, and the finals will be held on Saturday, August 12.
To put the feat in perspective, nine of the top 15 times in the world for 2017 in the 100m hurdles are currently owned by Americans. In addition to that, Team USA swept all three podium spots 10 months ago at the Rio Olympics in the event asserting their dominance, and now a Buckeye will look to continue the storied tradition of American hurdling on the world stage.
2017 is turning into a banner year for Manning. The 11-time All-American, 10-time Big Ten champion, and two-time national champion is scheduled to be enshrined into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this October.
Manning holds the school records in four separate events: the 60m dash (7.23), 60m hurdles (7.91), 100m hurdles (12.68) and the 4x100m relay (43.70). The four-time Big Ten Track Athlete of the Year also still owns Big Ten championship meet records in the 60m hurdles with a 7.95 and the aforementioned 43.70 is still the fastest to be run by a relay team at the B1G meet. Manning was an instrumental cog in helping Ohio State collect three team titles at the Big Ten Championships over the course of her career. She was a member of the 2011 indoor, 2011 outdoor and 2012 outdoor conference winning teams, the first three in program history.