Johnson Inducted Into Texas Athletics Hall of Honor
AUSTIN, TEXAS – California Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Robyne Johnson added yet another accolade to her impressive résumé late last week as she was honored by her alma mater and inducted into the University of Texas Hall of Honor late last week.
"This means a lot – I thought I was being pranked when they told me," said Johnson. "I was among such good company when I was a student-athlete that I never thought I would be a member. It's really such an honor to be with a group like that."
A three-time All-American in the triple jump, Johnson helped Texas to the 1982 Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) outdoor team championship, later finishing second as an individual (to record-setting teammate Terri Turner) in the 1984 NCAA Outdoor Championship triple jump contest – the first-ever such competition at that level. She was a key member of the Longhorns' first-ever Southwest Conference Championship squad (indoor and outdoor) in 1985, also scoring in the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships that year.
After her career at Texas, Johnson competed in the Olympic Trials four times between 1988-2000 and qualified for the 1991 World Athletics Championships in Seville, Spain, where she finished ninth among all triple jumpers.
"Nothing was given to us," says Johnson of her time as an athlete. "Some meets wouldn't even let us compete as triple jumpers – I always had to work hard to get to where I got, and I appreciated all of it."
At Cal, Johnson has instilled that same hardworking culture into the track & field program, which finished third on the women's side and sixth on the men's side at the 2022 Pac-12 Outdoor Championships and produced eight All-Americans (two indoor, six outdoor). Both teams finished the year ranked in the NCAA's top 25, with respective standings of 13th and 15th for the women and the men. The Bears will look to continue that success in the 2023 season, as an incoming class of approximately 40 will look to make an immediate impact on an already-formidable squad.