Whitney Johnson

Whitney Johnson

Player Profile


Mission Viejo, Calif.

High School:
Mission Viejo HS


Pole Vault



indoor all-MWC, outdoor school record holder


Two-time NCAA regional qualifier, NCAA provisional qualifier (indoors), indoor all-MWC honoree, and UNM outdoor record holder...continuing to work her back to the top of the MWC pole vault rankings after suffering a major knee injury during training in the late spring of 2006...injury occurred in a freak training accident the week before the `06 NCAA Midwest Regional Championships...was working on run-throughs on the Lobos' old track when her pole caught a bubble in the surface and sent her flying into the air...tore her ACL on the awkward landing and underwent surgery a few months later...13-foot vaulter prior to the injury...redshirted all of 2007...3-time Academic All-MWC honoree and MWC Scholar-Athlete award winner, posting a 3.80 cumulative GPA (Communications major).

2008: (outdoor) Had her ups-and-downs early, but finished the season with a season-best clearance of 12-04.50 to finish 5th - 4 spots above her seed - at the MWC Championships...won the PV at home with a jump of 12-01.50...vaulted 7 times on the season...Academic All-MWC and MWC Scholar-Athlete Award winner...(indoor) 7 meet appearances...top mark of 12-01.50 at the MWC Championships (T-10th) and Air Force Open (4th).

2007: (indoor/outdoor) Redshirted both seasons, but cleared 12-05.50 outdoors while competing unattached at the Don Kirby Invite in Albuquerque...

2006: (outdoor) Was enjoying another fine season and preparing to challenge for a berth in the NCAA Championship field before suffering a torn ACL in training the week before the Midwest Regional Championships...would have been the No. 7 seed at the regional meet...broke the UNM outdoor record with a winning mark of 13-00.25 in Albuquerque at the Don Kirby Invite...cleared 12-09.50 in a 4th place finish at the MWC Championships...struggled early in the season with no height performances in her first 2 meets, but surpassed the regional qualifying standard and finished among the top-5 in each of her final 5 competitions...Academic All-MWC and MWC Scholar-Athlete Award winner...(indoor) Ranked 2nd in the conference and tied for 24th in the nation with lifetime best mark of 13-01.75 in her final competition at Air Force...season-ending performance helped atone for a no height result in the MWC Championship meet in Albuquerque...surpassed the NCAA provisional qualifying standard twice...notched victories in the New Mexico Invitational and Don Barrett Air Force Open...4 top-3 finishes in 7 meets...

2005: (outdoor) Top freshman pole vaulter in UNM women's history...finished among the top-8 in 6 of her 8 meet appearances...took 4th at the MWC Championships (12-00.75)...cleared 12 feet 3 times, including a season-high mark of 12-11.50 in an 8th place finish in the Section A competition at the Texas Relays...advanced to the NCAA Midwest Regional Championships as the No. 9 seed, but missed all 3 attempts...Academic All-MWC and MWC Scholar-Athlete Award winner...(indoor) Outstanding debut season highlighted by a 3rd place performance at the MWC Championships...became the 2nd UNM woman to earn all-conference honors in the pole vault with a NCAA provisional qualifying clearance of 13-00.25 - just over 2 inches shy of the school record...won 2 competitions and finished the winter ranked 29th in the country...


A 2004 graduate of Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School...3-year letterwinner in track & field under head coach Fred Almond...High School Track & Field All-American in the pole vault as a senior...MVHS and Orange County record holder in the event with a PR of 12-10.00...2004 Golden West Invitational winner and 3rd place finisher in the pole vault at the Junior All-American Games...also recorded Mission Viejo top-10 marks in the shot put (39-00.50) and discus (128-06)...team track & field MVP, helping MVHS claim its 22nd straight South Coast League title in '04...also a 2-year letterwinner on the volleyball court and team MVP as a senior...graduated in the top five percent of her class and was a member of the California Scholarship Federation...also held the post of Girl's Athletic Commissioner of the Associated Student Body...


Born in Mission Viejo, Calif...full name is Whitney Lianne Johnson...daughter of Donn and Patty Johnson...has an older sister, Lyndsi (26)...dad played baseball at Fresno State and spent a year in the minors with a San Francisco Giants farm club...majoring in Communications with a minor in Religious Studies.

Pole Vault: 13-00.25

Pole Vault: 13-01.75