BIG EAST Champion
AS A JUNIOR: Played a key role in Notre Dame's distance group and broke through for his first individual title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase ... won the steeplechase at the BIG EAST outdoor meet in a personal-best 9:08.64 - a time which qualified him for the NCAA Mideast Regional ... began the 2003-04 campaign as one of the top eight runners on the Irish men's cross country team ... finished sixth at the National Catholic, followed by a 46th-place effort in the Notre Dame Invitational ... ran in the open race at the Pre-National meet, finishing 15th ... also ran on the second-place Notre Dame team at the BIG EAST cross country meet ... focused on the 5,000 meters during the 2004 indoor track and field season ... won the 3,000 meters at the Windsor Team Challenge in 8:42.01 ... finished 17th in the 5,000 meters at both the Alex Wilson and Meyo Invitationals ... developed into the top Irish threat in the steeplechase during the '04 outdoor season ... coupled his BIG EAST victory with a win at the Tom Botts Invitational ... also finished 11th in a top field at the Georgia Tech Invitational ... ended up 18th in the NCAA Mideast Regional, running 9:26.92.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Emerged as one of the top eight runners on the 2002 Irish cross country team ... appeared in seven meets during the season, including the NCAA Championship (188th) ... took 36th in the adidas Invitational ... finished second in the National Catholic JV race ... also ran in the Pre-National open race, finishing 20th ... ended up 33rd in the field at the BIG EAST Championship ... concentrated on the 5,000 meters during the 2003 indoor season, running the event at both the Meyo and Alex Wilson Invitationals ... developed into Notre Dame's top steeplechase threat in the 2003 outdoor campaign ... qualified for the BIG EAST outdoor meet in the steeplechase at the Indy Relays, finishing second in 9:16.63 ... just missed scoring for the Irish at the BIG EAST meet, finishing ninth in 9:19.54.
AS A FRESHMAN: Competed in three cross country meets during his rookie season, finishing in the top 10 ... placed eighth in the Valparaiso Invitational, sixth in the Central Collegiates and eighth in the Notre Dame Invitational Gold Division Race ... began his collegiate track and field career running the mile vs. Western Michigan and Ball State, finishing 10th ... moved up to the 3,000 meters vs. Michigan State, finishing 13th ... also ran the 3,000 meters at the Meyo Invitational ... one of Notre Dame's steeplechase competitors during the 2002 outdoor season ... placed third in the steeplechase at the Purdue Invitational ... also took third in the steeple at the Spring Opener ... qualified for the BIG EAST outdoor meet, the first conference meet of his career, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase ... eventually finished 11th in the finals.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Became the first 12-time varsity letterwinner in DeKalb High School history, claiming a letter in all four years of competition in cross country, basketball and track and field ... earned six all-state certificates in cross country and track and field combined ... named to the academic all-state team in basketball and cross country during his senior season ... finished as the Indiana state runner up in the 1,600 meters his junior season ... also placed fifth overall in cross country that year ... earned honorable mention all-state honors as a point guard on the basketball team his senior season ... received a Lilly Endowment Scholarship ... active in 4-H and FFA during his prep career ... son of Shirley and Nolan Johnson ... brother, Robert, is a sophomore in the Purdue Veterinary School ... born Oct. 6, 1982, in Auburn, Ind. ... enrolled in the College of Science with a major in biology.