Point Loma’s Johansson Sets 400 Hurdles Mark

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Susanne Johansson of Point Loma Nazarene College broke her stadium record in the finals of the 400-meter hurdles in the NAIA track and field championships Saturday at Azusa Pacific College. Johansson, a freshman, ran the event in 59.25 seconds to win and break her previous mark of 1:00.40, set Friday in the semifinals.

Johansson was one of three Point Loma athletes to qualify for All-American honors Saturday. Kris Anderson placed fourth in the men’s 400 hurdles with a time of 52.40 and Dan Raajtes finished sixth in the high jump at 6-9 3/4. Finishes among the top six qualified for All-American.

Overall, the Azusa Pacific men’s team won for the sixth consecutive year with 112 points. Point Loma, with 26 points, was 7th out of 104 schools.


In the women’s competition, Prairie View A&M; won for the seventh consecutive year with 93 points. Point Loma placed 25th with 12 points.

Overall, Point Loma had five athletes qualify as All-Americans (James Payton and Kyong Song each qualified in the hammer throw finals held Thursday). Connie Navarro and Andersson were named Academic All-Americans.


After the U.S. International women’s golf team shot an overall 317 for last place in the first round of the NCAA women’s golf national championship Wednesday, it was never able to recover. Saturday, the Lady Gulls finished the 72-hole tournament in 15th place out of 17 teams, 51 shots off the pace of winner Tulsa at Las Cruces, N.M.

Tulsa, which totaled 1,175, finished ahead of Georgia and Arizona State, tying for second at 1,182.

Melissa McNamara of Tulsa shot a 2-under-par 70 in her final round to win the individual title. Jean Bartholomew of Duke finished second at 289.

Jacque Vigil of New Mexico State and Rancho Bernardo finished in a three-way tie for fourth at 291. Allison Shapcott was USIU’s top finisher in 16th place with a 296 total, and Helen Alfredsson tied for 39th at 302. San Diego State’s lone representative, Wendy Modic, tied for 84th at 312.