Autograph session with Olympians Trey Hardee, Andra Manson and Leo Manzano
April 3, 2009
Former Texas standouts and 2008 Olympians Trey Hardee, Andra Manson and Leo Manzano will sign autographs on Saturday of the Texas Relays at Mike A. Myers Stadium. The autograph session will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be located at the flagpoles in the northwest corner of the stadium.
Both Hardee and Manson will be competing in this year's event. Hardee will compete in the B sections of the pole vault, long jump and javelin and is entered in the invitational 110-meter hurdles on Saturday. Manson will compete in the university high jump on Saturday.
Hardee came up with the performance of his life at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing second with a total of 8,534 points while earning a spot on the Olympic team. The total surpassed his previous personal best of 8,371 points set at the 2008 Texas Relays. Hardee ended the 2008 season ranked in the world Top 10 for the first time in his career (#5) by Track & Field News. At the 2006 Texas Relays, Hardee set an NCAA record in the decathlon with 8,465 points, which was the second-best decathlon tally by an American that season.
One of the finest U.S. men's high jumpers to come along in years, Manson took his place among the nation's finest with his runner-up finish at the 2008 Olympic Trials. After winning the 2008 U.S. Indoor title, in his first international competition on the elite level, Manson tied for bronze in the men's high jump at the 2008 World Indoor Championships with a season best 2.30m/7-6.5. Recently, Manson won the 2009 U.S. Indoor title in February.
In finishing second in the 1,500 meters at the 2008 Olympic Trials, Manzano became the first Longhorn 1,500-meter runner to make the U.S. Olympic squad and the second UT miler to earn an Olympic bid. A five-time NCAA Champion (two-time indoor mile champion/two-time outdoor 1500m champion/distance medley relay), four-time NCAA Midwest Regional 1500m winner, nine-time All-American and 10-time Big 12 Champion (four-time indoor mile champion/three-time outdoor 1500m champion/three DMR), Manzano capped his UT career in 2008 by being named the USTFCCCA Athlete of the Year. He went on to reach the semifinals of the 1,500 meters in the Beijing Olympics.