Johnson Wins 800 at NACAC U-23 Championships
July 10, 2006
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic - California All-American Alysia Johnson won the women's 800-meter run at the North American, Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships July 7-9 at Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo. All-American teammate Giliat Ghebray and former Golden Bears All-American Antonette Carter, who joined Johnson on Team USA, registered second-place finishes at the NACAC meet.
Five hundred athletes from 28 countries, including a collection of top collegiate and former collegiate athletes from the United States, competed in the fourth edition of the championships. The NACAC Athletic Association's U-23 Championships are held every two years in one of the 32-member nations of the North America, Central America and Caribbean Athletic Association, one of six regional athletics associations affiliated with the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
Johnson, who will be a junior next season at Cal, ran a meet-record time of 2:03.87 seconds to win the 800. Last month, Johnson ran the second-fastest women's 800 time in Cal history with a time of 2:01.80 at the USATF Senior Outdoor National Championships.
Ghebray, who will be a senior next season at Cal, was second in the men's 5000-meter run in 14:55.52 seconds. U.S. teammate Aaron Aguayo of Arizona State won the race in 14:54.55 seconds.
Carter, who completed her senior year this past season in Berkeley, took second place in the women's 200-meter dash in 23.05 seconds. Among the opponents she beat was USC's Carol Rodriguez, who took third place for Puerto Rico with a time of 23.27. South Carolina's Shalonda Solomon, the 2006 NCAA 200-meter champion competing for the United States, won the NACAC title in 22.90.
Cal opens its season on Jan. 20, 2007, at the Hampton Inn & Suites Invitational in Boise, Idaho.