Johnson Named Nominee for Honda Sports Award

May 29, 2008

BERKELEY - California senior All-American Alysia Johnson has been named one of four nominees for the 2007-08 Honda Sports Award for track and field. The award determines the top female collegiate athlete in their respective sport. Johnson is joined by Jacquelyn Johnson of Arizona State, Sally Kipyego of Texas Tech and Brie Felnagle of North Carolina.

The winner will become a candidate for The Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded annually to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Past winners of this award include Jackie Joyner and Mia Hamm. In 2007, the honor went to volleyball star Sarah Pavan of the University of Nebraska. Last year's track and field Honda Sports Award winner was Auburn's Kerron Stewart.

The only other Cal track and field athlete to be nominated for this award was Sheila Hudson for the 1989-90 season.

This is the 23rd consecutive year of the Honda Collegiate Women Sports Awards. Winners are selected in each of the 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports by a panel of more than 1,000 NCAA administrators. Three other athletes are honored as the Division II Athlete of the Year, Division III Athlete of the Year and Inspiration Award winner. Each woman is selected not only for her superior athletic skills, but also for her leadership abilities, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.

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. 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.

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