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Johnson 14th in decathlon, earns national honor
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Release: 06/09/2011
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Matt Johnson of Sam Houston State became the fourth men's competitor to earn NCAA Division I track and field All-America honors Friday when the Bearkat junior from Port Neches Groves posted a 14th place finish in the men's decathlon at the NCAA Championship in Des Moines, Iowa.

The decathlon was suspended Thursday night due to rain. Johnson totaled 7,546 points, the second highest decathlon total ever by a Bearkat. The 14th place performance earned him second team All-America recognition.

Chris Cralle of Sam Houston was a first-team honoree after placing seventh in the hammer earlier this week. Cralle and Johnson join Adrian Ray and Michael Courtney as Bearkat men's track and field All-Americans. Ray earned his honor in 2003 outdoors in the 110 meter hurdles while Courtney was an indoor selection in the 400 meters in 2010.

Three Sam Houston women also have received NCAA Division I track and field All-America honors - Precious Madison in the long jump (2001), Rhoshunda Betts in the javelin (2006) and Jennie Sewell in the pole vault (2007).

Michael Morrison of the University of California won the NCAA decathlon with 8,118 points. Johnson was one of three student-athletes from Texas universities to finish among the top 16 competitors in the 23-athlete field. Isaac Murphy of Texas was ninth with 7,806 points and Romain Martin of Texas-Arlington 11th with 7,727 points.

Johnson's performances in the 10 events of the decathlon included 10.67 seconds in the 100 meters; 22' 7.25" in the long jump; 42' 1.5" in the shot put; 6' 1.5" in the high jump; 49.64 seconds in the 400 meters; 14.99 seconds in the 110 hurdles; 149' 10" in the discus; 15' 1" in the pole vault; 176' 9" in the javelin and 4:56.50 in the 1500 meters.

Johnson became the first Sam Houston student-athlete to earn an NCAA national decathlon berth with his school record 7,686 points at this spring's Texas Relays.

Live results are available on the NCAA website:


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