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Johnson Crowned Weight Throw National Champion
Posted: Friday, March 13, 2009
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. - With a school record and NCAA Division III's furthest toss of the season, Sam Johnson (Sr.-Deer Park, Wis./Amery) won the national title in the 35-pound weight throw at the first day of the 2009 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships today.
Johnson, who became an All-American with the finish, won the event with a distance of 19.83 meters (65-0 3/4). The next closest competitor finished almost six feet behind him. His toss was just over three feet shy of a Division III record, which is held by La Crosse's Kevin Becker with a distance of 68-3 3/4.
With the title, Johnson becomes the second Blugold in program history to win the weight throw at nationals. In 1992, Dan Schmidt set a school record with a distance of 62-6 3/4 on his way to winning the school's first-ever national title at the NCAA Division III indoor championship. Only two other Blugolds in program history have won national titles at the indoor meet, with the last being John Schuna, who won the shot put in 2002.
The Blugold men ended day one in a three-way tie for first place at the championship with 10 points, but Johnson is the only Blugold competing at nationals this season.
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