Johnson breaks records at GNACs
ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Powered by four personal bests, senior Kelsea Johnson broke the Alaska Anchorage record in the heptathlon with 4,940 points, good for second place at the 2012 GNAC Multi-Event Outdoor Championships on Tuesday.
In addition to breaking the heptathlon record, the Sitka native broke the Seawolf record in the women's long jump with a NCAA provisional and competition-best leap of 18 feet, 6.5 inches. Johnson topped the previous record of 18-6, set by Kim Brady on April 18, 2008. Her long jump mark is tied for 10th in the GNAC record book.
Johnson's heptathlon score currently ranks 8th-best in Div. II this season and is the 7th-highest point total in GNAC history. A likely participant for the NCAA Championships on May 24-26, Johnson also furnished a career best in the 800 meters with a winning time of 2:21.97.
A transfer from Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, Ore., Johnson also registered a toss of 108-7 in the javelin. On Monday, Johnson set personal bests in the 100-meter hurdles (15:05) and the 200 meters (25.99).
Seattle Pacific's Ali Worthen won the heptathlon with 5,199 points, while Western Washington's Katie Reichert (2,529) took third after sitting ninth following Day 1.
Johnson will reunite with her team for the Occidental Invitational on May 5 in Eagle Rock, Calif., the final regular-season meet prior to the resumption of the GNAC Championships.