Manson, Manzano claim World Championship spots
June 28, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. -- Former Longhorns Andra Manson and Leo Manzano earned spots on the World Championship team at the U.S. Championships on Sunday. Manson tied for second in the high jump to earn his spot, while Manzano placed second in the 1,500 meters.
Manson was one of four people that cleared at 2.28m (7-5.75), while Tora Harris went on to be the only competitor to clear at 2.31m (7-7) for the win. Of the three remaining entrants over 2.28m, Manson and Keith Moffatt cleared on their second attempt, while Jesse Williams cleared on his third attempt. With the differential in misses, Manson and Moffat earned the coveted spots on the World Championship team.
Raymond Harris was also involved in the high jump competition, tying for 12th with a clearance at 2.15m (7-0.50).
Manzano clocked a 3:41.82 to earn the runner-up slot in the 1,500 meters. He just missed the U.S. title by .14 seconds, finishing behind fellow 2008 Olympian Lopez Lomong, who has been training in Austin with Texas assistant coach John Hayes. Former Longhorn Darren Brown also raced in the 1,500-meter final, finishing 12th in 3:46.41.
Junior Tevan Everett placed fifth in the 800 meters with a time of 1:47.06, narrowly missing a spot on the World Championship team although he has been selected as an alternate. Everett was in second place at both the 200 and 400-meter marks, as he went out in 25.43 and 51.75, respectively. After running the third 200 in 27.79, Everett fell to fourth and with a final 200 of 27.53, he ended up in fifth for the race.
2. Leo Manzano, 3:41.82
12. Darren Brown, 3:46.41
t12. Raymond Harris, 2.15m (7-0.50)