Preparing for his final year of indoor track, fifth-year senior Adam Manns hopes that his last season is his best yet.
Manns has been working all offseason to get himself mentally and physically prepared to compete this year. He started ELDO, a form of yoga last season which benefitted as a supplemental workout to the weight lifting being done with the team.
“I expect myself to be a contender for gold medals in all of my events,” said Manns. “Shot put, weight throw and discus.”
Manns greatly impacts the team, both by getting points and by being a leader. He captured the eighth best weight throw in East Carolina Track and Field history in the 2014-15 season with a distance 17.11 meters.
“He’s going to be a leading point scorer. I expect him to be on the podium for both shot put and weight throw,” said ECU head coach Curt Kraft. “He has the potential to go to regionals.”
Manns lives by a quote from Bill Cosby: “I do not know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
The quote struck Manns because of the challenges of being an athlete, a student, a member of a fraternity and having a part-time job throughout his undergrad. The quote and attitude have helped to make him into the mature hardworking leader he is today.
He started his career as a thrower because he enjoyed the aspect of not a lot of individuals competing, while also giving him a chance to display his abilities and succeed. He worked at it through high school and then got to compete at the collegiate level.
“ECU was the clear choice for me as soon as I spoke to [the coaches] on the phone,” said Manns. “He understood the type of athlete I was and knew exactly how to push me to be the best I can be.”
When he chose ECU, Manns not only expected opportunity as a thrower, but for his education. He first started his throwing career with discus and then added shot put and weight throw. Discus is his favorite competition because of how natural it comes to him.
Manns wasn’t always one of the better throwers. As a true freshman, he ended up fouling out at a meet at the Spire Institution of Ohio. After that meet he chose to double down on his work ethic and it looks to have paid off.
“His leadership, abilities and phenomenal intelligence will be greatly missed,” said Kraft.