Chelsea Johnson

Congratulations Chelsea!!!

1st Collegian to join the 15 foot club!

NCAA Record

Meet Record

USTCA athlete of the week

World leading mark!

Awards : USTCA Athletes of the Week
March 30, 2004 -- The United States Track Coaches Association announced that Dan Taylor of Ohio State and Chelsea Johnson of UCLA have been selected as the Athletes of the Week for NCAA Division I track & field.

Dan Taylor of Ohio State :

Ohio State senior Dan Taylor broke his own Buckeye record in the hammer and posted top marks in the discus and shot put at the Arizona State Invitational in Tempe, Arizona. Taylor started his weekend with a school-record throw of 222-05 (67.79m) as the top collegiate performer in the hammer. Taylor then grabbed first-place honors in both the discus with his mark of 185-00 (56.40m) and the shot put as he reached a national leading throw of 65-08.75 (20.03m). All three marks qualified Taylor for the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional on May 28-29 hosted by Louisiana State University. Taylor and the Buckeyes will host the Ohio State Relays at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on April 3.

Chelsea Johnson of UCLA :

UCLA sophomore Chelsea Johnson became the first woman in collegiate history to vault at least 15 feet at the Stanford Invitational at Palo Alto, California. Johnson, who also holds the collegiate indoor record, broke her own collegiate outdoor record of 14-9 that she set on March 6. In the process, her clearance of 15-00 (4.57m) joined Stacy Dragila, Mary Sauer, Kellie Suttle and Mel Mueller as the only U.S. women to at least scale that height. Johnson began her quest by taking three attempts at her opening height of 13-0 and two at 13-6. Shen then got back into form by clearing 14-0, 14-4, 14-9.50 and then 15 feet even. The collegiate record performance also qualified Johnson for the 2004 NCAA West Regional on May 28-29 hosted by Cal State Northridge. Johnson and the rest of her Bruin teammates will next compete at the Texas Relays which are set to take place on March 31- April 3.


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UCLA school record holder

NCAA record holder

Chelsea Johnson with her coach, Anthony Curran
and dad, Jan Johnson

In its short history as a renovated track and field facility, Cobb Track & Angell Field has proven to be a salubrious site for women pole vaulters.

Stacy Dragila set a world record of 15 feet, 9 1/4 inches (since bettered) there in 2001. Becky Holliday of Oregon set a collegiate record of 14-8 (since bettered) there in 2003.

And on a breezy Saturday afternoon in the Stanford Invitational, UCLA sophomore Chelsea Johnson set two collegiate records and became the fifth U.S. woman to clear 15 feet when she made the height on her second attempt before missing three times at 15-1 1/2.

"I love jumping here,'' she said.

In the process, Johnson confirmed her vaulting bloodlines. She's the daughter of Jan Johnson, the 1972 Olympic bronze medalist in the pole vault. Credit dad for not pushing his daughter toward the vault; this is only her third year in the event after hurdling and playing soccer and volleyball in high school.

"I had just had (indoor) nationals and took two weeks off,'' Johnson said. "I haven't worked out or vaulted in two weeks. This was like a practice meet -- a very good practice meet.''

With the 15-foot clearance, Johnson joined Dragila, Mary Sauer (15-3), Kellie Suttle (15-1) and Mel Mueller (15-1) as the only U.S. women to scale that height. Worldwide, eight other women have cleared 15-0 or higher.

"It's amazing,'' Johnson said. "You really can't ask for a better season so far. I hope to keep it going and peak at the Olympic Trials. I want to keep vaulting 15-0 consistently so I'm ready for July.''

Johnson's record day nearly ended before it began as she needed three tries at her opening height of 13-0 and two at 13-6. Then she hit her stride by clearing 14-0 and 14-4 and then 14-9 1/2, adding a half-inch to the collegiate record she set earlier this month.

On her second try, Johnson went over 15-0 with a slight wobble to the bar but it remained in place and she gained admittance to an exclusive club of women vaulters.

"I'm definitely not stopping at 15-0,'' she said. "Fifteen feet is a barrier every woman pole vaulter would like to reach. I never considered myself elite before. It feels good.'

Clay Johnson

Congratulations Clay at California State Meet!!

Clay jumping 14-10 by a huge margin!




Left to right:
Jan Johnson 18'4 Olympic Bronze medallist 1972, Former World Indoor record holder
Mike Tully 19' 2 Former world record holder, Olympic Bronze medallist 1984
Steve Smith 18'5 Former World Indoor Record Holder and 1972 Olympian
Sit together at the 2004 California State Meet in Sacramento.




Clay on the Victory Stand in Sacramento at the State Meet.