Alissa Brooks-Johnson Places 7th in Heptathlon at USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships
By The Chronicle
DES MOINES, Iowa – Alissa Brooks-Johnson wasted little time in between her final affiliated collegiate track performance and her first venture into the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships here over the weekend.
The redshirt senior recently wrapped up her college career at Washington State University with a sixth place finish in the heptathlon at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene earlier in the month. Then on Sunday, she was able to secure a seventh place finish in the heptathlon at the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships.
It was Brooks-Johnson’s first foray into the national outdoor competition after eyeing the opportunity for a number of years.
“I’ve kind of always thought about it but in the past, I haven’t been that happy with my final marks at the end of the season,” Brooks-Johnson told The Chronicle after her performance at the NCAA championships at the University of Oregon. “This season has been one of my best and I just want to keep competing and see how everything works out and hopefully I can get up to the 6,000 (points) mark in the heptathlon.”
Although she mustered an impressive performance, Brooks-Johnson came up just shy of her 6,000 point goal and placed seventh overall in the heptathlon with 5,850 points. For comparison, the sixth place finisher garnered 5,853 points, and overall heptathlon champion. Erica Bougard of Nike athletics scored 6,357 total points to win the heptathlon.
Brooks-Johnson finished 11th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.91 seconds, less than one second behind the first place pace of 12.96 seconds. She placed ninth in the high jump with a notch of 5 feet, 6 ½ inches, and eighth in the shot put with a heave of 41 feet, two and one-quarter inches. Brooks-Johnson also placed ninth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.79 seconds, which was less than a second behind the winner, and finished ninth in the long jump with a distance of 18 feet, 9 ¾ inches.
Brooks-Johnson vaulted herself up the leaderboard with stout performances in the javelin and 800-meter dash. Her time of 2:12:51 in the 800-meter race was good enough for fifth place and trailed the winning time by about a half second. Meanwhile, her toss of 139 feet, 8 inches in the javelin contest was good enough for a third-place finish, and trailed the second place mark by just two inches.