Event: High Jump
PR: 2.35m/7-8.50 (2009)
Current Residence: Austin, Texas
High School: Brenham (Texas) HS '02
College: University of Texas '06
Coach: Mario Sategna/Dan Pfaff
Agent: Chris Layne
Manson continued his upward career path in 2009 with his second consecutive U.S. Indoor title and his runner-up finish at the USA Outdoor Championships. He posted the highest clearance in the world in 2009 of 2.35m/7-8.50, on April 4 in Austin, Tex., which is a new personal best. One of the most promising U.S. men’s high jumpers to come along in years, Manson made his first Olympic team 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…Manson’s personal best equaling clearance of 2.33m/7-7.75 from his win in Austin, Texas in 2008 was the second best by an American that year and ranked #6 on the world list that season. Manson enjoyed a strong season in 2006 that ended with his second career top-five U.S. ranking from Track & Field News (#4). A low-key young man who early in his career developed a habit of soaring just as high as he had to in winning high jump competitions, Manson became known for stopping at a competition once he had won the event, declining to try a higher height, which is a rare trait among high jumpers. Manson displayed his abilities in an impressive manner in Kingston, Jamaica, at the 2002 World Junior Championships, winning the event with an American Junior record clearance of 2.31m/7 feet, 7 inches, which helped earn him the Track & Field News High School Athlete of the Year Award that year. Manson cleared 10 heights in a row at the competition, which included a then PR of 2.25m/7-4.50. He then proceeded to clear 2.27m/7-5.25 and 2.29m/7-6, before setting the American record, shattering the previous standard of 2.30m/7-6.50 by Dothel Edwards in 1985. Although he had the event won, contrary to his usual practice, Manson made three attempts at 2.33m/7-7.75. Manson told Track & Field News at the time that his performance in Kingston was just a sample of things to come. “I look at it like this, “he said. “Things like that don’t surprise me because I’ve always told my coach as long as I keep working out, I can’t help but get better. Going 7-7, yeah, it's awesome and its a good thing to do, but my goal is to have a record of 8-2, or something like that.” His performance in Kingston was preceded by a month and a half long stint working the graveyard shift, 6:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m., at a Sealy Mattress factory in Brenham. A 20-point per game scorer as a high school basketball player, Manson once jumped over an opposition player for a dunk on a breakaway.
2010: USA Outdoor sixth-place finisher (2.20m/7-02.5)...3rd at USA Indoors (2.31m/7-7)...1st at Bydgoszcz (2.32m/7-7.25)...1st at Texas Relays (2.31m/7-7)...9th at Shanghai (2.20m/7-02.5)...8th at NY GP (2.24m/7-4.25)...11th at Lausanne (2.24m/7-4.25)...9th at Gateshead (2.16m/7-1)...ranked #5 in U.S. by T&N...best of 2.32m/7-7.25i.
2009: USA Outdoor runner-up (2.28m/7-5.75)...USA Indoor Champion (2.32m/7-7.25)…9th at World Outdoors (2.22m/7-3.75)...1st at Glasgow (2.31m/7-7)....1st at Austin, Tex. (2.35m/7-8.50WL, PR)...ranked #9 in world, #2 U.S. by T&FN...best of 2.35m/7-8.50.
2008: 13th in qualifying at Olympic Games (2.25m/7-4.25)…2nd at Olympic Trials (2.27m/7-05.25)…3rd at World Indoors (2.30m/7-6.5)…USA Indoor champ (2.30m/7-7.50)…1st at Austin, Texas (2.33m/7-7.75PR)…ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN...best of 2.33m/7-7.75
2007: NCAA Outdoor runner-up (2.29m/7-6)…4th at NCAA Indoors (2.22m/7-3.25)…tied for 11th at USA Outdoors (2.15m/7-0.50)…2nd at Lincoln, Neb. (2.30m/7-6.50)…ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 2.30m/7-6.50.
2006: 3rd at USA Outdoors (2.24m/7-4.25)…runner-up at NCAA Outdoors (2.26m/7-5)…tied for 2nd at NCAA Indoors (2.26m/7-5)…ranked #4 in U.S. by T&FN…2.28m/7-5.75i.
2005: 12th at NCAA Outdoors (2.17m/7-1.50)…3rd at NCAA Indoors (2.23m/7-3.75)…best of 2.26m/7-5i.
2004: Tied for 8th at USA Olympic Trials (2.24m/7-4.25)…NCAA Outdoor champ (2.32m/7-7.25)…NCAA Indoor champ (2.23m/7-3.75)…Big 12 Conference Outdoor champ…ranked #3 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 2.32m/7-7.25.
2003: 6th at USA Outdoors (2.22m/7-3.25)…best of 2.22m/7-3.25.
2002: World Junior HJ champion (2.31m/7-7AJR)…U.S. Junior champion (2.20m/7-2.50)…t Texas State HS Champ (2.13m/7-0)…1stGolden West Invitational…ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 2.31m/7-7.