Pirates Excel in Final Tuneup Before AAC Outdoor Championships
2014-15 Track and Field: Captured third place in the weight throw at the Kent Taylor Invitational with a mark of 17.11m (56-01.00) – the eighth-best total in program history … Came in 11th in the shot put at the American Athletic Conference Indoor Championships and produced the eighth-highest mark in school history at 15.20m (49-10.50) … Placed second in the shot put at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational with a mark of 16.51m (54-02.00) which stands as the third-best in program history … Took fifth place in the discus at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, checking in at 50.85m (166-10.00) … Set a personal best in the hammer throw at the Tom Jones Memorial Invitational with a mark of 48.14m (157-11.00) – the 10th highest on the ECU top 10 list.
2013-14 Track and Field: Took second in the discus at the Conference USA Outdoor Championships with the second-highest mark in program history of 53.79m (176-06.00) … Turned in seven top-five finishes in the shot put and discus events … Qualified for the NCAA East Regional in the discus … Did not compete in any events during the indoor season.
2012-13 Track and Field: Recorded a career-best mark of 15.27m (50-01.25) for a second-place showing at Christopher Newport in the shot put ... Placed seventh in the C-USA Indoor Championships in the shot put with a mark of 15.18m (49-09.75) ... Did not compete in any outdoor events.
High School: Lettered in track & field, basketball and football ... Helped his track and field squad to the conference championships his senior season ... Finished first in the high jump at the conference championships in 2012 ... Placed third in the high jump in regionals as a senior ... Won the shot put and discus as a junior in state, regional and conference ... Earned a first-place finish in the shot put and discus as a sophomore at the regional and conference ... Placed second in the discus and fourth in the shot put at state in his sophomore season ... Helped the Wildcats to four state championship appearances ... Member of the honor roll.
Personal: Born Feb. 28, 1994 in Logan County, W.Va. ... Son of Darian and Gina Manns ... Has an older sister, Tiffany Smith ... Majoring in logistics.