MINNEAPOLIS-- Following an outstanding series of performances at last weekend's Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Championships, Grahm Johnson has been named the 2017 Outdoor Championships Field Athlete of the Meet.
During a record-setting weekend, North Central freshman Grahm Johnson (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) won a pair of field event championships and shattered the conference record in the discus. Alongside his discus title, he also claimed a victory in the men's shot put.
His victory in the discus was predicted by his top marks going into the championship where he stood a full three meters ahead of the competition. More than true to form, Johnson's shortest throw of the day would have been enough to win, but he used a UMAC Championship record toss of 48.82 meters to take the win. Johnson also had two other throws that were better than the former conference-best mark.
In the shot put, Johnson was third prior to the championship but unseated the reigning champion to earn a victory. He posted the top mark in the prelims and then threw a career-best 15.34 meters to win by less than five inches.
First and second place finishes in an individual event earn an athlete an all-conference award. By virtue of his event titles, Johnson will become the first throwing event athlete in school history to earn an all-conference award.
The UMAC awards a running event and field event athlete of the meet following its championship each year. League coaches nominate and then vote to select the award winner.
Johnson is the first NCU athlete to win the field events award at the outdoor championships. In 2011, Alex Farber claimed the indoor field athlete of the meet award after he won the men's high jump and set an indoor meet record with his win in the long jump.