Johnson Earns All-America Honors As Lobos Conclude NCAA Competition
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/08/2007
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 8, 2007

• Men\'s\ 10\,000m\ Final\ Results

• Women\'s\ Javelin\ Qualifying\ Results

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - University of New Mexico senior Jeremy Johnson made sure retiring head coach Matt Henry would go out on a high note. Johnson, an Albuquerque Manzano grad, finished seventh in the 10,000 meters late Thursday night at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Alex Spanos Sports Complex to earn All-America honors in just his second career race at that distance. His race marked the end of Matt and associate head coach Mark Henry's coaching careers at UNM.

Johnson finished five spots above his seed, clocking a time of 29:09.01 in a relatively slow-paced race. He beat Mountain West Conference rival and national cross country champion Josh Rohatinsky (8th) of BYU by over three seconds - his first victory over the Cougar All-American - and was over four seconds faster than Oregon sophomore Shadrack Kiptoo-Biwott (9th) - a former UNM cross country All-American and Albuquerque La Cueva standout.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Shadrack Songok - who Johnson defeated in the 5,000 two weeks ago at the Midwest Regional Championships - outran Oregon's collegiate record holder, Galen Rupp, down the stretch to win the NCAA title.

Johnson joined former teammate Matt Gonzales (2004 & '03) and Ibrahim Kivina (1984) as the third Lobo to earn All-America honors in the 10,000. Johnson and Gonzales were the only two UNM athletes to earn outdoor All-America laurels during Henry's seven years at his alma mater.

New Mexico has had seven distance All-Americans since 1967 when George Scott (3 miles) and Web Loudat (3,000 steeplechase) became the first to earn the awards in a distance race.

Johnson capped a remarkable 2007 indoor/outdoor track season that saw him earn four all-MWC awards in three different events (1,500/3,000/5,000) and earn team high point honors at the Mountain West Indoor and Outdoor Championship meets. He also became the first Lobo to earn all-NCAA Mountain Region honors in the 5,000 with his third place finish two weeks ago in Des Moines, Iowa.

A first team all-conference selection during the '07 cross country season, Johnson will return for his final cross country season in the fall of 2008.

Earlier on Thursday evening, sophomore Katie Coronado (Ruidoso, N.M.) came up three feet short of moving on to the finals of the women's javelin. Coronado finished 16th overall with a throw of 156' 07" (47.74m) - her lowest in seven meets. The Mountain West Conference champion had thrown over 160 feet in five straight meets, setting the UNM record on April 14 in El Paso, Texas with a throw of 169' 10" - the eighth-best by an American woman this year.