On July 12th, Culver Track and Field assistant coach Scott Johnson earned first-place in his age division (40-44) for pole vaulting with an impressive jump of 15'1". The event was held in Ames, IA, at Iowa State University's Cyclone Sports Complex.
Johnson, an Indiana University Track and Field alumnus, was bested overall in the meet by only one contestant. Jeff Coover, who participated in the 30-34 age group and who is also an IU Track and Field alumnus, took first-place overall by recording a jump of 17'3/4".
The performance comes after Johnson had also won his age group in the indoor national championships that took place in February in Winston-Salem, NC. There, Johnson recorded a jump of 14'7" to take the title.
“Competing in masters track and field is something I do for the camaraderie, the fun, and to stay in good physical condition," said Johnson. "Winning two national championships in 2019 was a welcome surprise, and further proof that persistent and focused effort is the key to achieving goals. It also helps to have support from a legendary Culver Cross Country and Track and Field coach like Mike Chastain. Looking forward, I hope to continue competing at this level until I can no longer sprint down the runway.”
While world rankings have yet to be released, it is anticipated that Johnson's performances while move him into the number one position in the world for his age group in the masters division (any amateur athlete over the age of 30).