Falling Short of High Expectations
BY JAMES GUTSCH
Competing against Olympic medalist Erik Kynard and former NCAA National Champion Dusty Jonas in the high jump, Evergreen Freshman Anthony Johnson couldn’t quite recreate the magic he has been showing all season. One of just two collegiate athletes invited to compete in the United States of America Indoor Track and Field (USATF) Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico this last Saturday, Johnson was unable to clear the 6-11.5 foot bar in three attempts and didn’t place.
Back in January, Johnson became the first NAIA jumper of 2014 to clear 7-0.25 at the UW Indoor Preview, which was good for second place. Johnson performed even better at the UW Invitational two weeks later, setting an Evergreen State College record by clearing 7-2.25 to take second once again; this time losing to another Olympian, Mike Mason.
The Evergreen track team was also in action this past Saturday in Portland for the Warner Pacific College 50/50. Evergreen’s Alec Messman and fellow greener Aaron Jones finished third and fourth respectively in the Men’s 800 meter run.
Johnson is back in action on March 6 in Ohio for the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships. He is the favorite to win the high jump. Fellow Geoducks Wes and Les Jones will also make the trip to Ohio. Wes Jones placed 15th in the 800 meter run on February 16th at the UW Open and Les Jones took second in the 1000 meter run.