Johnson Named Pac-10 Women's Track Athlete of the Year

June 24, 2008

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - California senior All-American Alysia Johnson was selected as the Pac-10 Conference's women's track athlete of the year, Pac-10 Commissioner Tom Hansen announced Tuesday. This is Johnson's second consecutive conference Athlete of the Year accolade. She is the first Cal (man or woman) two-time Pac-10 Athlete of the Year recipient and the second Golden Bear ever to win the award. Former Cal track star Sheila Hudson claimed the honor in 1990.

The Canyon Country, Calif., product had the best collegiate 800-meter time in the nation at 2:00.57, set at the Pac-10 Championships. She eclipsed her previous record time of 2:01.74, set at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships. At the 2008 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. Johnson was unable to defend her NCAA title as she slightly re-injured her foot during the NCAA Championships. Her school record time of 1:59.29 remains the second fastest time in Pac-10 history.

With a conference and indoor school-record time of 2:03.39 set 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.

A 2008 Summer Olympic hopeful, Johnson will be competing at the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials from June 27 to July 6 in Eugene Ore. at the historic Hayward Field.