Former Bear Alysia Johnson Qualifies for World Indoor Meet in 800 Meters
Feb. 28, 2010
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Former Golden Bear standout Alysia Johnson earned a berth on the U.S. team that will travel to the World Indoor Championships after a runner-up finish in the 800 meters, and David Torrence took third in the 1500 meters at the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships Sunday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Johnson reached Sunday's final after winning her heat Saturday in 2:06.15. In the championship race, Johnson crossed the line in 2:01.45, just behind Anna Pierce, the world's No. 2-ranked 800 runner, who won in 2:00.84. Heather Dorniden was third in 2:02.33.
In 2007, Johnson won both the NCAA indoor and outdoor 800-meter titles during a season in which she was also named the Pac-10 Track Athlete of the Year. Later that summer, she captured the outdoor 800 at the USA Track & Field meet to qualify for the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, Japan.
In Sunday's men's 1500, Torrence was engaged in a three-way battle with Leo Manzano, a 2008 Olympian and 2009 finalist at the World Outdoor Championships, and Will Leer, who placed fourth in the 1500 at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, coming into the final turn. However, Manzano used a strong kick to beat his countrymen and won in 3:49.16. Leer took second in 3:49.31 and Torrence third in 3:50.31.
Torrence, who won the USA indoor 3000 title in 2009, could still advance to the World Championships if neither Manzano nor Leer choose to compete. As a Golden Bear, Torrence's most notable performance came in 2007 when he broke Don Bowden's nearly 50-year-old school record in the mile, finishing in 3:58.62 at the California Collegiate Challenge at Edwards Stadium.
The 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships will take place March 12-14 in Doha, Qatar.
For complete results from the USA championships, click here.