Johnson Qualifies for 800-Meter Final at NCAA Indoor Championships

March 14, 2008

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - California senior All-American Alysia Johnson began her quest for a third NCAA 800-meter title today at the NCAA Indoor Championships Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. Johnson, the 2007 800-meter NCAA indoor champion, took second in her preliminary heat with a time of 2:06.48. LSU's Latavia Thomas just edged ahead of Johnson at the end, clocking in at 2:06.30. Johnson's time qualifies her for the final tomorrow afternoon.

'Alysia ran like a veteran today,' said Cal interim director of track and field Tony Sandoval. 'She ran fast enough to ensure that she would qualify for the final, but the runner from LSU (Thomas) picked it up at the end to get ahead. We will be ready for tomorrow, but the other runners also look good.'

Johnson's time was better than Michigan's Geena Gall, who won the second heat and entered the national championships with the best 800-meter time in the nation (2:03.37). Johnson came in with the second-best time (2:03.39).

Five of the eight qualifiers came from Johnson's heat, and all five earned faster times than the three qualifiers from the second heat.

Johnson will compete in the 800-meter final tomorrow at 4:45 p.m. (PT). Also competing for the Golden Bears tomorrow will be senior All-American Ed Wright in the high jump at 2:45 p.m. (PT).

For complete results, click here.

Women's 800 Meters - Preliminary Heat
1 Latavia Thomas LSU 2:06.30Q
2 Alysia Johnson California 2:06.48Q
3 Becky Horn Western Michigan 2:06.67q
4 Trisa Nickoley Missouri 2:06.89q
5 Lavera Morris Kentucky 2:06.98q
6 Caitlin Bailey Boston College 2:08.17
7 Julie Schwengler Minnesota 2:10.51
8 Clarrisse Moh South Alabama 2:13.20

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