Courtesy of Benedictine University
LISLE, Ill. -- For the second time this season, Jordan Johnson has been selected as the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association NCAA Division III Men's National Athlete of the Week.
"Jordan has been super focused all season long, his workouts have looked great and he now understands how to take care of his body," head coach Kevin Paterson remarked. "Three weeks before nationals he's put himself into a great position to achieve the goals he has set. Jordan is one of the hardest working athletes you will find I couldn't be more proud of him."
Johnson won a pair of events at North Central's F. Lee Slick Invite with marks that both lead the country. Johnson broke his own school record from earlier this season in the 60-meter dash, running a 6.79. The junior added a first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.90, converted to 21.52.
An indoor All-American last season in the 60, Johnson will have the chance to contend for a national title in both the 60 and 200 at the national championships in Birmingham, Ala. March 9-10.
National Athlete of the Week is an award selected and presented by the USTFCCCA Communications Staff at the beginning of each week to eight collegiate indoor track & field athletes (male and female for each of the three NCAA divisions and NJCAA Division I).
The award seeks to highlight not only the very best times, marks and scores on a week-to-week basis, but also performances that were significant on the national landscape and/or the latest in a series of strong outings. Quality of competition, suspenseful finishes and other factors will also play a role in the decision.
Johnson, who has been improving his standard each week, has won five NACC weekly awards including this week. The Tucker, Ga. native was also named as the National Athlete of the Week on January 22.
Benedictine aims for a third straight conference championship on Sunday in Kenosha, Wis. at Carthage College.
BELOW COURTESY OF THE USTFCCA
NCAA DIVISION III MEN – Jordan Johnson, Benedictine (Ill.)
Junior | Sprints
Jordan Johnson is hitting his stride at the perfect time of the season.
With three weeks to go until NCAAs, Johnson recorded the top marks in the nation in both the 60 and 200 at the F. Lee Slick Invitational and has been named National Athlete of the Week for the second time this season.
Johnson is tied for the No. 1 spot in the 60 with Ausburg's Emmanuel Egbujor, who also clocked a time of 6.79 this past weekend. It was a big win for Johnson as he won by .16 seconds.
Then later in the meet, Johnson ripped around the track in 21.52. That pushed him ahead of UW-La Crosse's Ernest Winters on the Descending Order List by .01 seconds.