Johnson Defends UMAC Shot Put and Discus Titles

Johnson Defends UMAC Shot Put and Discus Titles

DULUTH, Minn.-- The only thing more difficult than winning one championship is winning two. Grahm Johnson duplicated that feat on Saturday at the 2018 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship.

One year ago Grahm Johnson (Red Wing, Minn./Red Wing) was victorious in both the shot put and discus events to earn a pair of league titles in his freshman season. He also shattered the league meet record in the discus on the way to field athlete of the meet accolades.

This year he was the favorite in both events after leading the UMAC in both events for most of the regular season. Saturday he stepped into the ring in both venues on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth and defended both titles to become the first athlete in NCU history to not only win both events but also to do so twice and in back to back years.

After leading the prelims in discus with a mark of 44.44m he improved on that distance with a result of 45.30m (148-07) to win by almost ten feet. In the shot put event he also led through the prelims with a mark of 14.73m but that would end up being his best distance and it earned him a much more closely contested victory by less than eight inches.

Overall Johnson posted 20 points in the team competition to earn the Rams a seventh place overall finish.