Johnson Reaches 800 Final at U.S. Championships

June 23, 2006

INDIANAPOLIS - Former California All-American Alysia Johnson ran a 2:03.92 in the women's 800-meter run semifinal on Friday to qualify for the Sunday final at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Also, Travis Nutter, a Bears All-American in the late 1990s, took fifth in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 71.08 meters (233-02) and Antonette Carter, Johnson's now former All-American teammate, ran an 11.58 in the semifinal round of the women's 100-meter dash but did not advance to the final.

Other notable former Bears who competed at nationals on Friday included Rhuben Williams (17th in the men's shot put, 18.85 meters, 61-10.25) and Bolota Asmerom (18th in the 5000 meters, 14:09.62). Carrie Johnson, who will be a senior for Cal next season, competed in the women's hammer throw but fouled on all three throws.

Carrie Johnson, Alysia Johnson and Carter were all members of the Cal contingent at the NCAA Championships earlier this month, with Alysia Johnson taking third in the 800.

On Thursday, current Bears Jordan Paul and Jake Hanson finished 19th (14.32) and 22nd (14.49) respectively in the preliminary round of the junior men's 110-meter hurdles. Neither advanced to the next round. Later in the day, both competed in the 400-meter hurdles, with Hanson taking 14th (57.94) and Paul taking 15th (58.45) in the prelim. Neither advanced.

Both the senior and junior national outdoor championships will conclude on Sunday.

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