Joshua Mance
Mance in 2014
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born (1992-03-21) March 21, 1992 (age 29)
Pomona, California
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Sport
SportRunning
Event(s)400 metres
College teamUniversity of Southern California Trojans
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)400 m: 44.83 (Des Moines 2012)

Ronell Joshua "Josh" Mance (born March 21, 1992) is an American sprinter who specialises in the 400 metres. He attends Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida, where he has transferred after two years at the University of Southern California.[1]

On June 24, 2012, he finished 4th in the 400 meters at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, a result that won him a position on the United States Olympic team as a member of the 4x400 relay.[2] At the Olympics, Mance was part of the precarious American silver medal winning team. In the semi-finals, Mance took the baton from Manteo Mitchell after Mitchell completed half a lap with what turned out to be a broken leg. Mance helped pull the team back into position to qualify for the final. In the final, the winning Bahamas team stacked their team, putting their best, Chris Brown in the lead leg. Mance's second leg pulled the U.S. into contention while the two teams broke away from the field. Mance handed to Tony McQuay who ran a spectacular 43.4 split to take the lead. Mitchell's replacement, hurdler Angelo Taylor was out kicked in the last 50 meters by Ramon Miller to give Bahamas the win.

At the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Moncton, Canada, Mance won a gold medal over 4×400 metres relay. One year earlier, at the 2009 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Brixen, Italy, he received a silver medal over 400 metres, finishing second to future Olympic and World Champion Kirani James. In June 2010, he committed to the USC Trojans.[3]

While at Don Antonio Lugo High School in Chino, California, Mance was a 2010 All-USA high school track and field selection by USA Today.[4] That year he won the CIF California State Meet championship in the 400 meters, and finished 4th in the 200.[5] In 2009, he finished second in the 400 meters to Reggie Wyatt, in the same meet Wyatt set the National High School Record in the 300 hurdles.

Personal best

Distance Time venue
400 m 44.83 s Des Moines, United States (June 7, 2012)

References

  1. ^ "Olympic Silver Medalist Josh Mance Transfers". 19 December 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.legacy.usatf.org/events/2012/OlympicTrials-TF/Results/Results5-3.htm
  3. ^ "USC Track & Field Signs Mance To NLI". USCTrojans.com. June 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "All-USA high school track and field teams". USA Today. July 22, 2010.
  5. ^ "State Finals - 2010".