Manzano to Highlight Mile Field at Kansas Relays
Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano gunning for Ryun's 36-year-old KU Relays Mile record (3:54.7).
By Kansas Athletics
LAWRENCE, Kan. – A collection of 12 of the nation’s top Milers have agreed to race in the prestigious Glenn Cunningham Mile at the 2013 Kansas Relays it was announced Monday by Kansas officials. Headlining the competitive field will be Olympians Leo Manzano and Nick Symmonds, former Oregon All-American A.J. Acosta and the two-time KU Relays Mile champion Peter Van Der Westhuizen. The group will look to break Jim Ryun’s 36-year-old KU Relays Mile record at 4:25pm Saturday, April 20 inside Memorial Stadium.
Perhaps the best known participant in this year’s Mile is the 2012 Olympic silver medalist, Manzano. The 28-year-old is the defending USA champion in the 1500 meters and boasts a personal-best Mile time of 3:50.64. Manzano has competed at the Kansas Relays before, claiming the high school boy’s 800 meter titles in both 2002 and 2003 when he ran for Marble Falls High School (Texas). His winning time of 1:51.54 in 2003 still stands today as the meet record. The University of Texas alumnus will be a prime candidate to break Ryun’s meet record of 3:54.7 in the Mile, having notched several sub-3:54 Miles over his illustrious career.
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