TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State’s Felisha Johnson has been named the Division I Women’s National Athlete of the Week it was announced Monday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) made a statement in the weight throw on the weekend before conference championships, heaving a mark of 75-feet-8-inches (23.06m) to become the No. 5 weight thrower in collegiate history.
She is just the sixth woman in collegiate history to record a mark farther than 75 feet, having done so twice dating back to a 75-feet-3¼-inch (22.94m) showing earlier this season. With the mark she now leads all of Division I by 2½ feet, ahead of Brittney Waller of Clemson.
She won Friday’s event at the Eastern Illinois Friday Night Special by more than nine feet. Johnson is also currently second in the shot put at 58-feet-4¾-inches (18.76m).
Johnson has broken the Indiana State weight throw record twice this season and both have come in Lantz Gymnasium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University. Her first record was set at the EIU Early Bird in December.
The distance Friday broke Johnson’s own Lantz Gymnasium record that she set in December and the Friday Night meet record of Southern Illinois’ Brittany Riley of 22.07 meters set in 2006.