WICHITA, Kan. - Former University of Wichita (Wichita State) runner, Harold Manning, was inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame Sunday as part of the 2012 class. Manning's grandson, Glenn Cox, accepted on behalf of his grandfather, who passed away in 2003.
Manning, who won the NCAA two-mile run in 1930, became the first national champion in the history of Wichita State. He later competed in the 1936 Olympics where he finished fifth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.
Manning hails from Sedgwick and was not recognized until a coach saw him running around a city park with two of his track teammates.
After competing in the state and national high school meets, Wichita State offered Manning a scholorship, where he switched from the two-mile run to the steeplechase.
Manning competed in the 1932 Olympic trials where the top six finishers would travel to Los Angeles. He finished 7th, just missing the cut.
However, Manning never gave up and was determined to make the 1936 Olympic team. He set the world record in 3000m steeplechase at the U.S. Olympic Trials with a time of 9:08.2.
Others inducted into the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame include: Bud Stallworth, David Jaynes, Michael Bishop, Kurt Budke, Willie Murrell, Wayne Simien, David Snyder and Brenda Stolle.