Christian

Johnson

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Distance
Height: 6'0"
Class: Junior
City/State: Baton Rouge, La.
High School: Episcopal HS
Other College: Emory
Major: Biology
Experience: SQ

Bio

Events: 1,500M (3:53.44), Mile (4:15.99), 3,000M (IN: 8:23.60), Steeplechase (9:07.66), 5,000M (IN: 15:09.69; OUT: 14:39.81), 10,000M (32:09.04)

CAREER CAPSULE
Graduated from LSU in May 2017 with a degree in biology ... A three-year letterwinner with the Tigers from 2015-17 ... Ran primarily the 3,000-meter steeplechase during his collegiate career while also lining up in all events from the 1,500 meters through the 10,000 meters ... Earned a career-best eighth-place finish at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships as a senior in 2017 where he ran his personal-best time of 9 minutes, 7.66 seconds in the steeplechase ... A standout in the classroom with three-straight selections to the SEC Academic Honor Roll from 2015-17.

2017
An SEC scorer for the first time in his collegiate career as the eighth-place finisher in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Columbia, South Carolina ... Ran a personal best of 9:07.66 to score a point for the Tigers at the SEC Championships ... Dropped more than 16 seconds from his seasonal best entering the SEC meet after running a previous best in 2017 of 9:23.91 for third place at the SEC Relays just two weeks before ... Also ran the 5,000 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships, finishing in 28th place overall with another personal-best time of 14:39.81 ... Also ran the steeplechase at the Texas Relays (9:24.81), Mt. SAC Relays (9:27.32) and LSU Alumni Gold (9:25.07) during the outdoor season ... Opened the outdoor season with the only 10k race of his collegiate career at the Louisiana Classics meet where he ran 32:09.04 for fourth place ... Added outdoor seasonal bests of 1:54.69 in the 800 meters at the Battle on the Bayou and 3:56.86 in the 1,500 meters at the Beach Invitational ... Ran primarily the 3,000 meters during the indoor season ... Clocked an indoor PR of 8:23.60 for 12th place overall at the Razorback Invitational ... Won the 3k at the Bayou Bengal Invitational with a time of 8:30.85 ... Finished runner-up in back-to-back meets at the Purple Tiger Invitational (8:27.65) and Auburn Invitational (8:30.94) ... Won the mile at the LSU Twilight meet with a personal-best time of 4:15.99 ... Placed third in the 5k at the Commodore Invitational with a run of 15:09.69 ... Earned a third-straight selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the season.

2016
One of the SEC's leading steeplechasers during the outdoor season ... Clocked a big personal best of 9:09.12 for 13th place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Tuscaloosa, Alabama ... Also lined up in the 5,000 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships, crossing the finish line in 38th place with a time of 15:34.82 ... Finished second at the LSU Alumni Gold with a time of 9:31.94 and fourth at the LSU Invitational with a time of 9:15.74 while running the steeplechase ... Honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as an All-Louisiana performer in the steeplechase during the outdoor season ... Posted his fastest 5k time of the outdoor season at the Battle on the Bayou where he finished fourth with a time of 15:16.54 ... Also ran the 5k outdoors at the LSU Alumni Gold (15:43.40) and LSU Invitational (15:29.70) ... Ran the 5k in one meet during the indoor season as he ran 15:51.96 at the Iowa State Classic ... Honored for his academic performance with a second career selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

2015
Competed primarily in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in his first season with the Tigers in 2015 … Crossed the finish line in 13th place in the steeplechase in his debut appearance at the SEC Outdoor Championships … Ran 9:29.99 at the SEC Championships held at Mississippi State’s Mike Sanders Track Complex … Also lined up in the 5,000 meters at the SEC Outdoor Championships, finishing in 27th place overall with a time of 14:45.49 … Raced to a personal-best time of 9:20.38 in a runner-up finish in the steeplechase at the LSU Alumni Gold … Won the steeplechase at LSU’s Battle on the Bayou with a time of 9:30.06 … Placed second at the Louisiana Classics (9:44.05) in Lafayette and fifth at the Jim Click Shootout (9:44.32) while also competing in the steeplechase … Ended the regular season outdoors by running 3:53.44 for fourth place in the 1,500-meter final at the LSU Invitational held at the Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Ran unattached during the indoor season after transferring to LSU from Emory University for his sophomore season … Set a personal best of 4:20.13 in his fourth-place finish in the mile at the LSU Twilight meet at the Carl Maddox Field House ... Recognized for his performance in the classroom with a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the season.

PRIOR TO LSU
Ran one season for Emory University as a true freshman in 2014 … Earned a sixth-place finish in the mile at the University Athletic Association Indoor Track & Field Championships in 2014 with a time of 4:23.13 … Finished in fifth place in the 1,500 meters (4:00.89) and fourth place in the steeplechase (9:36.54) at the UAA Outdoor Championships to cap his freshman season at Emory … Ran a 2014 seasonal best of 9:29.70 in the steeplechase at the Dr. Keeler Invitational … Competed for four years as a member of the cross country and track and field teams at Episcopal High School in Baton Rouge … Served as team captain during his senior season … Led Episcopal High School to its 17th-straight Class 2A state championship with his first-place performance at the state cross country meet … Earned all-state and all-metro honors while being named the All-Baton Rouge Runner of the Year during his senior season … Followed with an outstanding senior season on the track while winning state titles in the 3,200 meters and 4x800-meter relay indoors and 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters outdoors in 2013 … Honored as the Episcopal High School Male Athlete of the Year in 2013.

PERSONAL
Born on April 12, 1994 … Parents are Mark and Georganna Johnson … Majoring in biology.

 

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