Drake Johnston
Drake  Johnston

Santa Monica, Calif.

High School:
Palisades Charter

Cross Country/Distance




Men's Track & Field -- BIG EAST Day 1

Men's track & field photo gallery from the first day of BIG EAST Championships -- May 13, 2016

On Johnston: Versatile athlete in the Wildcats distance group ... Has taken up the steeplechase outdoors and been a BIG EAST scorer in each of the last two seasons ... Also has had success in the distance events indoors and as part of the team's cross country lineup ... Still has a great deal of potential and will look to continue building on his experience during the coming year.

2016 Outdoor: Competed at four meets during the season and scored a team point by finishing eighth in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the BIG EAST Championships ... Registered a time of 9:44.43 at the conference meet ... Established a personal best time of 9:27.16 in the steeplechase at the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Ran his first steeplechase of the season at the Sam Howell Invitational and recorded a time of 9:39.05 ... Competed in the championship section of the 1500 meters at the Colonial Relays and finished with a time of 4:08.64.

2016 Indoor: Ran a total of three races during the season and set personal best times in both the 3000 meters and the 5000 meters ... Competed in the 5000 meters at the BIG EAST Championships and came in 13th while establishing a new personal best time of 15:16.09 ... Opened the season by posting a time of 8:38.26 in the 3000 meters at the Great Dane Classic, where he finished in 13th place ... Came in eighth in the 3000 meters at the Penn State National and lowered his time to a personal best mark of 8:37.41.

2015 Cross Country: Ran in six races during the season and established personal best times at four different distances ... Came in sixth in the Villanova lineup at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional ... Finished 65th overall at the regional meet and tallied a time of 32:23.3 in his first collegiate 10,000 meter race ... Placed 31st at the BIG EAST Championships with a personal best 8,000 meter time of 24:44.6 ... Opened the season with a team-best 15th place finish at the Big Five Invitational, where his time of 19:20.3 over 6,000 meters was a personal best ... Came in 23rd out of 150 runners at the Main Line Invitational with a career best time of 20:17 on the four-mile course ... Placed 66th out of 278 runners at the Paul Short Run (25:10) and was 77th at the Princeton Invitational (25:22.6).

2015 Outdoor: Competed in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the BIG EAST Championships and scored a team point with an eighth place finish ... Established a personal best time of 9:33.68 at the conference meet in just his second collegiate race in the steeplechase ... Made his debut in the event at the Delaware Open and finished first in that race with a time of 10:01.51 ... Ran the 1500 meters twice during the season ... Posted a personal best time of 4:01.89 in a 24th place finish at the Larry Ellis Invitational ... Opened the season by finishing 27th at the Danny Curran Invitational with a time of 4:15.97.

2015 Indoor: Recorded personal best times in the Mile and the 3000 meters ... His top time in the Mile of 4:25.91 came in an eighth place finish at the McElligott Invitational ... Came in third at the season-opening Jack Pyrah Invitational with a time of 4:29.46 ... Registered a time of 4:27.93 at the Metro Team Challenge ... Established a personal best time of 8:49.83 in the 3000 meters at the Gotham Cup.

2014 Cross Country: Established personal best times at three distances ... Competed at the season-opening Big Five Invitational and had a time of 19:41.1 over 6000 meters to place 27th overall ... Registered at ime of 20:44.4 in the four-mile Main Line Invitational and came in 43rd in that meet ... Ran his first collegiate 8000 meters race at the Paul Short Run and produced a time of 25:50 in a 197th place finish ... Also came in fifth at the Haverford Invitational.

2014 Outdoor: Competed as an unattached runner at the Danny Curran Invitational and placed 23rd in the 1500 meters with a time of 4:11.13.

2014 Indoor: Did not compete at any meets.

2013 Cross Country: Competed at three meets as an unattached runner ... Opened the season with a time of 20:17.79 over 6,000 meters at the Friend Big Five Invitational ... Placed 55th in that meet ... Ran twice on the four-mile course at Haverford, coming in 58th at the Main Line Invitational (21:08.30) and 27th at the Haverford Invitational (21:30.90).

Palisades Charter High School: Came in 33rd at the CIF Division I state cross country championships and posted a personal best time (5K) of 15:44 at the state meet ... Reached the CIF state track & field championships in the 3200 meters after posting a third place finish at the Los Angeles city sectional finals ... Was a team MVP and during his career earned Rookie of the Year and Most Improved honors ... Named to the Dean's Honor Roll for his academic success.

Personal: Born 3/27/95 ... Only child of Howard and Lori Johnston ... Majoring in Environmental Science.


1500 Meters                    4:01.89                 2015 Larry Ellis Invitational
Mile                           4:25.91                 2015 McElligott Invitational
3000 Meters                    8:37.41                 2016 Penn State National
3000 Meter Steeplechase 9:27.16 2016 Larry Ellis Invitational
5000 Meters 15:16.09 2016 BIG EAST Championships


6000 Meters                    19:20.3                 2015 Big Five Invitational
4 Miles 20:17 2015 Main Line Invitational
8000 Meters 24:44.6 2015 BIG EAST Championships
10000 Meters 32:23.3 2015 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional


BIG EAST All-Academic Team                             2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16

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