Harter, Johnson Named USTFCCCA National Coaches of the Year

Harter, Johnson Named USTFCCCA National Coaches of the Year

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas’ Lance Harter and Chris Johnson have been tabbed National Coaches of the Year for the 2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field season as announced Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

This is the third time that Harter has been named National Women’s Outdoor Coach of the Year in his career, earning the honor in 2000 and 2016. This is the first time that Johnson has been named National Women’s Outdoor Assistant Coach of the Year following his National Women’s Indoor Assistant Coach of the Year in 2018. Johnson is also the first coach from the SEC to earn the honor.

Harter, in his 29th year as head coach of the Razorbacks, led his team to the national title this past weekend in Austin, Texas. Arkansas scored its 64 points across 10 different events, which included individual titles in the 100-meter hurdles and pole vault, as well as runner-up finishes in the 5,000-meters and 4×400-meter relay. The Razorbacks also captured the team title at the SEC Championships with 139.5 points, 54.5 more than runner-up Texas A&M. Arkansas was the top-ranked team in the National Rating Index for the last six weeks of the regular season.

Johnson, in his seventh year coaching the Razorbacks’ sprinters, hurdlers, and jumpers, watched his athletes shine throughout the season, especially this past weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas. Arkansas’ sprinters and hurdlers combined for 39 of the team’s title-winning 64 points, a whopping 61%. Janeek Brown, Johnson’s prized pupil, won the individual title in the 100-meter hurdles in 12.40 – tied for the second-fastest mark in collegiate history and broke the Jamaican national record – and then returned to finish fourth in the 200-meters in 22.40. Those marks together gave Brown the best single-day, 100meter hurdle-200-meter double in world history surpassing the mark set by Jackie Joyner-Kersee in her 1988 Olympic season. Johnson’s athletes propelled the Razorbacks to the team title at the SEC Championships as they accounted for 46% of the program’s 139.5 points.

Between the two coaches, their athletes have posted 17 top-10 performances in 2019 including four school records (100-meters, 200-meters, 100-meter hurdles, 4×100-meter relay).

In total, Arkansas earned 17 First-Team All-American honors, including two individual NCAA championships. The 17 First-Team All-American honors led all women’s programs.

First-Team All-America 100 Meter Hurdles Janeek Brown SO Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 4×100 Relay Janeek Brown SO Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 200 Meters Janeek Brown SO Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 400 Meters Kethlin Campbell SO Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 4×400 Relay Kethlin Campbell SO Arkansas SEC
Honorable Mention (All-America) 200 Meters Payton Chadwick SR Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 4×100 Relay Payton Chadwick SR Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 4×400 Relay Payton Chadwick SR Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 100 Meter Hurdles Payton Chadwick SR Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America Steeplechase Devin Clark JR Arkansas SEC
Honorable Mention (All-America) 5,000 Meters Devin Clark JR Arkansas SEC
Second-Team All-America Long Jump G’Auna Edwards SO Arkansas SEC
Second-Team All-America Pole Vault Desiree Freier SR Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America Pole Vault Tori Hoggard SR Arkansas SEC
Second-Team All-America Pole Vault Lexi Jacobus SR Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 4×100 Relay Tamara Kuykendall SO Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 100 Meters Kiara Parker SR Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 4×400 Relay Kiara Parker SR Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 4×100 Relay Kiara Parker SR Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 4×400 Relay Paris Peoples FR Arkansas SEC
Honorable Mention (All-America) 1,500 Meters Carina Viljoen JR Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 5,000 Meters Taylor Werner SO Arkansas SEC
First-Team All-America 10,000 Meters Taylor Werner SO Arkansas SEC