Carleton College's Avery Johnson (Portland, Ore./Oregon Episcopal) was both outstanding and clutch in her first collegiate javelin victory Saturday at the Norse Relays hosted by Luther (Iowa) College. Johnson pulled out her first-place finish on her final throw to prevail in an exciting back-and-forth competition, recording one of the top throws in school history in the process. For her performance, Johnson was named the MIAC Women's Outdoor Field Athlete-of-the-Week.
Johnson got off to a good start in the javelin Saturday at Luther, taking the lead with just two rounds remaining. However, a Luther student-athlete pulled ahead on the second-to-last round, leaving Johnson with just one more chance. She came through in a big way, recording a throw of 36.78 meters on her final attempt to pull back in front and secure the win. The distance is her personal best and the fifth-best javelin performance in Knights' history. It ranks second in the MIAC this season, less than one meter behind the leader.
The Knights are hoping Johnson builds on her momentum this week in front of Carleton's hometown fans. The Knights are scheduled to host the Carleton Relays Friday at Laird Stadium. It is one of four meets left on the schedule between now and the 2013 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be hosted by St. Thomas May 10-11 in St. Paul, Minn.