Manzano named Outstanding College Relay Performer at Penn Relays
PHILADELPHIA -- Texas senior Leo Manzano was named the Penn Relays Outstanding College Relay Performer for the second consecutive year after anchoring both the distance medley relay and the 4xMile to victory. His performances helped Texas become just the fifth school all-time to pull off the distance triple, winning the DMR, 4xMile and 4x800, at the Penn Relays. He was also the anchor for the victorious DMR and 4xMile at the 2007 Penn Relays.
"It's an awesome feeling with this being my senior year," said Manzano.
"It's an honor to receive the award, but I really think this year, it should be a team award. Winning the three races and competing with my teammates was the highlight of this weekend and I wouldn't be in this position without them and the coaching staff."
"Leo is a guy that is, simply put, outstanding," said Texas men's head coach Bubba Thornton. "He was in complete control out there because he has done everything it takes to be in control in those situations. He's been an unbelievable performer for us during his career and two win this award not once, but twice, is amazing."
Manzano opened his 2008 Penn Relays competition as the anchor of the DMR on Friday. He used a split of 4:01.8 in the 1,600-meter leg to help Texas finish in 9:32.89, ahead of Stanford (9:33.16) and Villanova (9:34.39).
The four-time National Champion and eight-time All-American came back on Saturday to anchor the 4xMile to victory in 16:29.50, finishing ahead of Virginia (16:31.04) and Syracuse (16:31.99). Manzano ran a split of 4:08.2 to give the Horns their second consecutive victory in the event.