Arizona State sophomore Jacquelyn Johnson won her third national title and second straight NCAA heptathlon crown Saturday at the NCAA track and field championships at Sacramento, Calif.
Johnson’s victory helped push the Sun Devil women to a trophy finish, tying for fourth place with Nebraska at 37 points. Auburn won the team title with 57 points.
The ASU men finished with nine points in 29th place, well behind winner Florida State’s 67.
Johnson entered the final three events of the heptathlon Saturday with a slim 10-point lead over Missouri State’s Tracy Partain. She then posted the top long jump performance (19 feet, 11 3 /4 inches) and second-best javelin effort (142-00) and then coasted home in the 800 meters in 2 minutes, 21.30 seconds, to finish with 5,939 points, 112 better than Partain.
ASU also got points in the women’s shot put, as Sarah Stevens and Jessica Pressley finished fourth and sixth, respectively. Stevens had the worst throw of the finalists but improved with each throw, finishing with a toss of 56-1. Pressley’s top mark was 54-5 1 /4.
ASU’s men got six points on Saturday, all coming from Aaron Aguayo, who placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:35.78. Teammate Ryan Warrenburg finished 10th in 8:45.81. Both men earned All-America honors with Warrenburg, despite finishing outside of the top eight, earning the accolade as the sixth American to cross the finish line.
Saturday’s final day was highlighted by LSU sophomore Xavier Carter, who became the first person to win the men’s 100 and 400 meters at the NCAA championships.
Carter won the 100 in a schoolrecord time of 10.09 and the 400 in 44.53. He capped his weekend by running the anchor leg on the Tigers’ victorious 1,600-meter relay team. He also was on LSU’s winning 400-meter relay team on Friday.
According to meet officials, Carter is the first to achieve four NCAA victories since Jesse Owens won both short sprints, the 220-yard low hurdles and long jump for Ohio State in 1935 and ’36.