Event: Pole Vault (IN: 16-0 ¾; OUT: 16-8 ¾)
Shattered his outdoor personal record in the pole vault by more than one foot over the course of the 2012 season ... Earned an 11th-place finish in the pole vault at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at LSU's Bernie Moore Track Stadium ... Cleared the bar at a height of 16 feet, 8 ¾ inches to establish a new PR at the SEC Outdoor meet ... Competed in the event at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds for the first time in his collegiate career ... Tied for 38th place after clearing 15-11 ¾ in his NCAA debut ... Opened the outdoor season by taking fourth place in the event at the Louisiana Classics with a mark of 16-2 ¾ ... Earned back-to-back sixth-place finishes at the Arizona State Tri-Meet (15-9 ¼) and LSU Alumni Gold (16-3 ½) ... Did not compete for the Tigers during the 2012 indoor season.
Saw action in two meets for the Tigers during the 2011 indoor season ... Cleared a seasonal-best height in the pole vault at 15-8 ½ in a sixth-place finish at the LSU Twilight ... Opened the season with a clearance at 15-1 to take ninth place overall at the Purple Tiger Invitational ... Did not compete outdoors in 2011.
Competed in seven meets for the Tigers during his freshman season in 2010 ... Kicked off the indoor season with a pair of lifetime personal bests in the pole vault as he cleared 16-0 ¾ in a second-place finish at the Purple Tiger Invitational and 16-0 ¾ again in a sixth-place finish at the New Mexico Invitational ... Also competed indoors at the LSU Twilight (15-3 ¾) and LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier (14-11 ½) ... Set an outdoor seasonal best of 15-5 ½ in a seventh-place finish at the Louisiana Classics in Lafayette ... Also competed outdoors at the LSU Tiger Relays (15-1 ¾) and LSU Alumni Gold (14-8).
PRIOR TO LSU
A standout pole vaulter at Vandebilt Catholic High School ... Came to LSU as the school-record holder in the pole vault with a personal-best mark of 15-7 ¼ ... Was the indoor and outdoor state runner-up in the pole vault in 2009 ... Named a first-team all-state performer for his performance during the 2009 season ... Helped lead his high school team to three-straight district championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008 ... Also guided his team to a regional title in 2007.
Full name is Jaora Ramon Johnson ... Born on Dec. 11, 1990 ... Parents are Van and Alfredia Johnson ... Has three siblings named Van Jr., Jade and Seth ... Brother, Seth, ran track at Northwestern State ... Was a standout in the classroom as a member of the honor roll at Vandebilt Catholic High School ... Majoring in kinesiology with a concentration in human movement.