Johnson Named West Region Co-Women's Track Athlete of the Year

June 9, 2008

BERKELEY - California senior All-American Alysia Johnson has been named by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) as the West Region Co-Women's Track Athlete of the Year today as announced by the organization. The USTFCCCA regional awards honor the top track and field athletes along with the top head coaches and assistant coaches in nine Division I regions. Johnson shares this honor with Nicole Leach of UCLA.

Johnson, who was previously named a nominee for the Honda Sports Award for track and field, hopes to repeat as the 800-meter champion at the NCAA Outdoor Championships this week starting Wednesday, June 11, through Saturday, June 14, in Des Moines, Iowa, on the campus of Drake University.

So far in the 2008 season, Johnson currently holds the best collegiate 800-meter time in the nation at 2:00.57. She recorded that time when she won her second straight Pac-10 title in meet record fashion. The previous record time was 2:01.74, set by Johnson at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships. Two weeks ago at the NCAA West Regional, Johnson successfully defended her 800-meter title with a meet-record time of 2:00.77, once again surpassing her previous meet-record time of 2:02.12 that she set in 2007. With a conference and indoor school-record time of 2:03.39 at the MPSF Championships earlier this season, Johnson automatically qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships, where she took third with a time of 2:05.47, earning All-America honors for the sixth time in her collegiate career. If Johnson garners her seventh All-America honor this week, it would be the most in the history of the program.

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