As a senior at Stivers in 2016, Johnson missed out on a rare state sprint sweep by just .01. That’s how much he trailed in the D-II 100 to place second (10.78). He followed by setting an all-time D-II state record in the 400 (46.57) that still stands and ended his Tigers’ career by winning the 200 (21.55).
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Johnson ranks among the best all-time sprinters the area has produced. In comparison, the great Chris Nelloms of Dunbar set an all-time Ohio best of 45.59 in the D-I 400 as a senior in 1990. Andrew Pierce of Yellow Springs still holds the D-III state 400 record (47.36) he set in 1997. That makes it a sweep by area sprinters for Ohio’s all-time boys 400 bests.
Tyler Johnson, a Stivers High School grad and Ohio State University redshirt sophomore, placed 12th in the 400 meters (45.70) during the NCAA D-I national track and field championships at Austin, Texas, earlier this month. OSU CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Johnson was joined at the NCAA national championships by OSU teammate Abby Nichols, a sophomore and Alter grad. She placed 17th in the women’s 5,000 (16:37.45).
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Xenia grad and Indiana senior Daniel Michalski was leading the men’s 3,000 steeplechase during the final lap of the national championship, but was overtaken after a spill in the water pit. He recovered to finish seventh (8:43.48).
Michalski was a multiple cross country and track record-setter at Cedarville University and concluded his collegiate career at IU as a graduate transfer.
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Another area product, Wayne grad and Akron senior Jordan Latimer, concluded his outstanding Zips career by placing eighth in the long jump (25-8.25) at the NCAA national championships. Christian Champen, a Northmont grad and junior at Kent State, tied for 15th in the pole vault (17 feet, 6.50 inches).
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