Alysia Johnson Captures USA 800-meter Title
June 27, 2010
DES MOINES, Iowa - Former Cal All-American Alysia Johnson became a two-time champion in the women's 800 meters and Golden Bear alumnus David Torrence was fourth in the men's 1500 meters on the final day of the USA Track & Field Championships Sunday.
Johnson claimed her race in 1:59.87, more than half a second ahead of runner-up Maggie Vessey (2:00.43) and third-place finisher Phoebe Wright (2:00.47). Johnson, who also captured the national title after her junior season at Cal in 2007, was the only runner to break two minutes in the competition. In addition to Sunday's result, Johnson posted a time of 1:59.43 in Friday's semifinal, which stands as the fastest in the United States and eight fastest in the world this year.
'It was a battle for me to get back to where I need to be,' said Johnson, the 2010 world indoor bronze medalist in the 800 who made her outdoor debut at the USA meet. 'Mentally, I was there. Physically, I need more building to be where I want be. This is very satisfying. Even last year, to be honest, was very satisfying to me to be able to run again. It's a stepping ladder to where I want to be.'
Torrence took fourth in the men's 1500 in a slow race, finishing in 3:51.80, one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Matt Centrowitz. Lopez Lamong was first in 3:50.83, followed by Leonel Manzano in 3:50.91 and Will Leer in 3:51.63.
Torrence competed for the Bears from 2004-08 and broke Don Bowden's nearly 50-year-old school record in the mile in 2007 when he covered the distance in 3:58.62.
For complete results from the USA Championships, see usatf.org.