June 11, 2021

Tyler Johnson Completes Terrific All-America Season


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State University sprinter Tyler Johnson closed out a terrific senior season by taking seventh in the 400 meters Friday evening at the 2021 NCAA Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. The championships are taking place at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

Johnson, who qualified No. 2 overall for tonight’s final, raced to a 45.40 time that didn’t earn him a national title, but got him darn close. The effort earned Johnson, who is from Dayton and attended Stivers School for the Arts, first-team All-America honors to go along with second-team honors he was awarded as part of the 4×100 relay team.

The 400 final closes out a terrific 2021 campaign for Johnson, a sixth-month stretch that saw him:

  • Lead Ohio State to a third-place finish at the Big Ten indoor championships by winning the 200 meters, 400 meters and running a leg on the victorious 4×400-meter relay team … all in about two hours;
  • Earn track Athlete of the Championships following the Big Ten indoor championships;
  • Garner NCAA All-America honors indoors in the 400 and the 4×400 relay;
  • Set the school record in the indoor 400 (45.07);
  • Win the 400 meters at the Big Ten outdoor championships;
  • Earn co-track Athlete of the Championships at the Big Ten outdoor meet;
  • Pick up two more outdoor All-America honors, including first-team accolades in the 400; and
  • Graduate with his degree in sports industry.

Ohio State senior Emma Nwofor also competed Friday, in the first four of seven events in the heptathlon. The remaining three will be contested Saturday. Nwofor is in 13th place so far after taking 7th in the 100 hurdles (13.55), 7th in the high jump (1.69m / 5-6 1/2) 17th in the shot put (11.27m / 36-11 3/4) and 20th in the 200 meters (25.35).

The championships conclude Saturday with Anavia Battle competing for a national title in the 200 and shot put national champion Adelaide Aquilla and teammate Divine Oladipo competing in the discus ring, along with Nwofor in the heptathlon.