Johnson Inducted Into Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame|
Red Raider great Jonathan Johnson was inducted Monday into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame.
May 7, 2013
LUBBOCK, Texas -Red Raider great and 2004 U.S. Olympian Jonathan Johnson was inducted Monday evening into the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame in Abilene.
Johnson was one of eight inductees honored as part of the 2013 class, and was joined at the ceremony by Texas Tech Head Track and Field Coach Wes Kittley. Kittley was inducted as a member of the 2006 class and coached Johnson during his unprecedented Texas Tech career spanning from 2002-05.
"It's really hard to explain in words what this means to me," Johnson, who broke the 5A state record in the 800-meter run while at Abilene High School in 2001, said. "If I did have to use one word, it would be triumph. The reason I say that is because I feel like it solidifies everything I did as an athlete and individual during my athletic career."
Johnson became the first Texas Tech male athlete to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in 2004 when he finished first overall in the finals of the 800-meter at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento.
During his prolific Texas Tech career, Johnson captured the 2006 NCAA Outdoor 800-meter Championship becoming the first male track and field national champion in school history. He was also a four-time Big 12 Champion and a nine-time All-American.