Manuel Salgado (’97) – Cross Country
Running with a group of guys who called themselves “the hellions” Manny enjoyed one of the most successful cross country careers in the school’s history. During a time when Columbus was in the midst of a 120-match win streak – that’s right, 120 consecutive victories — Manny was one of its fiercest and most successful competitors.
His Coach called him a “cruise missile’’ “a bona fide predator” who was instructed to target the opposition’s best runner and never let go. He is also called the most focused and determined runner he had ever coached.
Manny won a GMAC and district individual championship. He was the regional runner up his senior season. As a freshman, he helped Columbus win its first regional championship — The team would go on to win 2 more regional titles in Manny’s last three years.
He was instrumental in the team finishing second in the state meet his sophomore year and third in the state meet his junior year.
Manny was twice named first team All-Dade and twice was named first team all-state.
Outside of cross country, Manny also ran track for Columbus. He was a two-time mile champion at the district level and captured a GMAC championship in the same event. He also ran on district championship relay teams.
Manny went on to run at FIU for three years where he participated in cross-country and track.
Later, Manny returned to Columbus to volunteer as an assistant coach for Fred Foyo and the track team.
Manny works today as a software consultant for fast food restaurants including Subway, McDonald’s and Taco Bell it’s a job that was allowed him to travel the world but he still calls Miami his home.