Among Big Ten programs, the Gophers stand second in the rankings behind only Michigan in 14th.
Representing the Maroon & Gold are Sean Donnelly (hammer throw), Mitch Hechsel (800 meters) and the 4x400 meter relay squad of Goaner Deng, Brad Neumann, Nate Roese and Jack Wellenstein.
The No. 16 University of Minnesota men's track & field program will send six competitors to the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next month in Oregon.
The Gophers will compete at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field West Preliminary Round, May 26-28, at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kan.
The Gophers junior is the fifth man in Big Ten history to repeat as Big Ten decathlon champion and the second Gopher to do so.
2016 Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championship (Day Two)
2015 NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships
Johnson's Personal Records
2016 | SENIOR SEASON
Indoor: Second Team All-American. • Won the shot put at the Northwest Open. • Led the Gophers to victory in the Border Battle Duel with Wisconsin after setting a new personal record of 18.98 meters (62-03.25 ft.) in route to winning the shot put crown. • At the Jack Johnson Invitational, won the shot put with a mark of 18.98 meters (62-03.00 ft.). • Finished the indoor season with a strong performance in the shot put at the NCAA Indoor Championships, placing fourteenth. Outdoor: Won the shot put at the Holst Invitational with a throw of 17.69 meters, setting a new meet record. • Finished third in the shot put at the Big Ten Tournament in Nebraska with a mark of 19.54 meters.
2015 | JUNIOR SEASON
Indoor: Turned in victories for the Maroon and Gold in the shot put at the Northwest Open, the Wisconsin Duel, and the Jack Johnson Classic. Outdoor: Represented the Golden Gophers with top three finishes at the Baldy Castillo Invitational, the Hamline Invitational, the Carelton Relays, and the Wisconsin Twilight.
2014 | SOPHOMORE SEASON
Indoor: At the 2014 Jack Johnson Classic placed 8th in the shot put with a throw of 16.64 meters (54-07.25) • finished 7th in the Bill Bergan Invitational with a throw of 17.15 meters (56-03.25) in the shot put • at the 2014 Gene Glader Classic won the shot put with a throw of 17.23 meters (56-06.50) • finished 5th in the shot put with a throw of 16.48 meters (54-02.50) at the Snowshoe Open. Outdoor: At the 2014 Baldy Castillo Invitational finished tenth in the discus with a throw of 50.40 meters (165-04) • at the Hamline Invitational finished third in the shot put with a mark of 15.74 meters (51-07.75) and fourth in the discus with a throw of 51.63 meters (169-05) • placed 7th in the shot put at the UCSD Triton Invitational with a throw of 16.97 meters (55-08.25) and placed 19th in the discus with a throw of 51.95 meters (170-05) • placed 8th at the Musco Twilight in the shot put with a throw of 16.45 meters (53-11.75) and placed tenth in the discus with a throw of 51.45 meters (168-09) • placed second in the discus at the Mark Messersmith Invite with a toss of 55.73 meters (182-10) • finished 17th in the shot put at the Big Ten Championships with a mark of 16.47 meters (54-00.50) and placed 8th in the discus with a mark of 53.80 meters (176-06).
2013 | FRESHMAN SEASON
Indoor: Competed at the Big Ten Championships in shot put finishing 12th with a throw of 56-06 1/2 (17.23m) • took ninth at the Husker Invitational with a throw of 55-05 (16.89m)• won shot put at the St. Thomas Showcase. Outdoor: Took 14th in shot put at the Big Ten Championships with a throw of 55-04 3/4 (16.87m) • took second at the MAC Invite with throw of 54-05.5(16.80m) • finished ninth at the UCSD Triton Invite.
2012 | REDSHIRT SEASON
A 2011 graduate of Red Wing High School • high school coaches were Mike Ehlers, Pete Eberlein, Adam Nelson and Tom Johnson (father)• six-time All-State (three times in shot, three in discus) • four-time All-Conference in shot put • three-time All-Conference in discus • two-time section champion in discus • section champion in shot put • finished fourth in the shot put in his sophomore year and fifth in the discus • took second in the discus and fourth in the shot put in his junior year • state champion in the discus his senior year and second in the shot put • lettered three times in football and four times in track.
Born July 10, 1992 • undecided on major • son of Tom and Malissa Johnson • has four siblings Erick (26), Tina (23), Ben (21) and Grahm (13) • high school coach Mike Ehlers is a former Minnesota Thrower • enjoys playing the guitar, golf, pool and basketball. • Favorite sports memory was winning the state discus title in high school.
Personal Best in High School
Discus: 190ft. 3in
Shot Put: 64ft. 2in
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