Manson leads world championship high jump field
VALENCIA, Spain -- Former Texas high jumper Andra Manson did not miss a bar on his first day of qualifying at the 12th International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Track and Field Championships. The two-time NCAA champion cleared four consecutive bars on the first attempt and finished in a tie for first with Sweden's Stefan Holm over a field of 17 competitors from 15 different countries.
Manson, who completed his fourth year of eligibility during the 2007 season, jumped 7-5.25 (2.27m) in the opening round of competition. The Brenham, Texas native entered the competition at 7-0.5 (2.15m). He also made it over the bar on his first attempts at 7-2.5 (2.20m) and 7-4.25 (2.24m).
During Manson's four-year career at Texas (2004-07), he captured two NCAA titles (2004 indoor and 2004 outdoor) and earned seven All-America honors. The seven-time Big 12 Champion also tied the UT indoor school record and registered the second highest outdoor jump in Longhorn history.
The men's high jump final starts at 10 a.m. Central on Saturday, March 8.
Redshirt senior Donovan Kilmartin (Eagle, Idaho) also begins his first day of the heptathlon with the 60-meter dash at 3 a.m. Central.