Johnson, Pierce Advance in 800 at USA Championships

June 21, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS - California junior Alysia Johnson and sophomore teammate Mackenzie Pierce qualified for the semifinal round of the women's 800-meter run by taking third and 13th, respectively, in Thursday's first round at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium on the campus of IUPUI. Johnson, the 2007 NCAA indoor and outdoor champion in the 800, ran a 2:05.36 and Pierce clocked a 2:05.87.

Johnson won the third heat of the 800, while Pierce was fifth in the first heat run on Thursday.

Five more Cal athletes will compete on Friday at nationals: Senior Kelechi Anyanwu and sophomore Emilee Strot will vie for the title in the women's discus throw final scheduled for 4 p.m. ET, senior Kevin Davis will run in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase first round (4:15 p.m. ET), junior David Torrence will take part in the men's 1,500-meter run first round (6:25 p.m. ET) and senior Giliat Ghebray will hit the track in the men's 5,000-meter run final (8:25 p.m. ET).

USA Outdoor Championships

Cal Results

Women's 800-Meter Run
3. Alysia Johnson 2:05.36*. 13. Mackenzie Pierce 2:05.87*.

* Advanced to semifinal round

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