April 26, 2008
EUGENE, Ore. - University of New Mexico senior Jeremy Johnson was in All-America form in one of the nation's most storied track and field venues on Friday night. Johnson clocked a Mountain West Conference-leading and NCAA regional qualifying time of 13:51.84 to finish third among collegians and fifth overall in the elite 5,000-meter run - his first race at Oregon's legendary Hayward Field.
It was the first long distance race of the year for Johnson, a 10,000-meter and cross country All-American who was awarded a medical hardship waiver last month that gave him a sixth-year of eligibility. The Albuquerque Manzano High School product opened the spring with a 1,500 race at Stanford.
Johnson finished four seconds out of first and was two seconds behind the top collegiate runner, Butler's Andy Baker. He was also less than a second shy of his career-best in the event, which he recorded last year.
Johnson is scheduled to run his first 10,000 of the year next week at Stanford where he will look to record an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the event.
Earlier in the day, New Mexico senior transfer Kara Henry clocked a time of 10:38.20 to finish seventh among collegians and 10th overall in the women's 3,000 steeplechase. Henry lowered her personal and school record time in the event by nearly three seconds as she ran under the NCAA regional qualifying time for the second time this season.
The rest of the Lobos begin competition today at California's Brutus Hamilton Invitational. Live results can be found at www.CalBears.com.