USTFCCCA Names ASU's Johnson Co-National Field Athlete of the Year

June 16, 2006

TEMPE, Ariz. - Jacquelyn Johnson, a sophomore on the Arizona State University track and field team, was named the 2006 U.S. Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Co-National Women's Field Athlete of the Year, the national association announced Friday. The award was voted upon by the member coaches of the collegiate ranks with other awards being handed out to the top head coaches and track athletes as well.

Johnson, a three-time individual national champion for the Sun Devils, earned her second award this season from the USTFCCCA after earlier being selected the USTFCCCA West District Women's Field Athlete of the Year. She shares the national accolade with Georgia's Jenny Dahlgren. Also earning awards were the National Coaches of the Year, Bob Braman (Florida State men) and Ralph Spry (Auburn women); the National Track Athletes of the Year were Virginia Powell of USC and Xavier Carter of LSU while the men's Co-National Field Athlete of the Year honor was shared by Garrett Johnson (FSU) and Jess Williams (USC).

In just her second season with the Sun Devil program, Johnson captured her second outdoor heptathlon crown, scoring 5,939 points while leading the overall standings from start to finish. A two-time Pac-10 heptathlon champion, Johnson is the only woman in NCAA history to sweep the multis at the national meets in one year after taking the pentathlon crown during the indoor season.

Her victories at both the indoor and outdoor meets tallied 10 points toward the team standings that helped the Sun Devil women make history last week in Sacramento, Calif. After the cross country team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships in November, Johnson and her teammates placed third at the indoor championships before placing tied for fourth outdoors. The Sun Devils are now just the second women's program to earn trophies (Top 4 finish in the NCAA meets) in all three major events in the same academic year, joining Tennessee (1983-84) to do so. ASU also is just the seventh program (men included) to earn the honor.

On the conference level, Johnson also helped the Sun Devil women win their first Pac-10 team title this season as she accounted for 29 of the team's 154 points en route to victory. Johnson won the heptathlon with a personal-best point total of 5,987 before placing second in the high jump, third in the 100m hurdles, sixth in the long jump and running the third leg of the runner-up 4x400m relay.

Johnson's two honors from the Association gives the Sun Devil program five for the year. Head Coach Greg Kraft was selected as the 2006 USTFCCCA West District Women's Coach of the Year while David Dumble (women's throws) and Louie Quintana (women's distances) were both tabbed as the 2006 USTFCCCA West District and 2006 USTFCCCA National Assistant Coach of the Year in their respective events.

USTFCCA National Awards - Women
Coach of the Year
- Ralph Spry (Auburn)
Track Athlete of the Year - Virginia Powell (USC)
Field Athlete of the Year - Jacquelyn Johnson (Arizona State) & Jenny Dahlgren (Georgia)

USTFCCA National Awards - Men
Coach of the Year
- Bob Braman (Florida State)
Track Athlete of the Year - Xavier Carter (LSU)
Field Athlete of the Year - Garrett Johnson (Florida State) & Jesse Williams (USC)