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Whitney Johnson

Player Profile

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Mission Viejo, Calif.

High School:
Mission Viejo HS

Height:
5-8

Event:
Pole Vault

Birthdate:
04/02/1986

Experience:
3L

Honors:
indoor all-MWC, outdoor school record holder

NEW MEXICO:

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...

HIGH SCHOOL:

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...

PERSONAL:

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.

COLLEGIATE BESTS - OUTDOOR
Pole Vault: 13-00.25

COLLEGIATE BESTS - INDOOR
Pole Vault: 13-01.75

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