A group of Villanova runners competed at the Haverford Invitational on October 24, 2014.
On Johnston: Gained valuable experience in his first year of athletic eligibility last season ... Possesses a great deal of potential as a distance runner who can contribute to the team in both cross country and on the track ... Should continue to progress during the coming year and is capable of being a BIG EAST.
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.
PERSONAL BESTS (TRACK)
1500 Meters 4:01.89 2015 Larry Ellis Invitational Mile 4:25.91 2015 McElligott Invitational 3000 Meters 8:49.83 2015 Gotham Cup
3000 Meter Steeplechase 9:33.68 2015 BIG EAST Championships
PERSONAL BESTS (CROSS COUNTRY)
8000 Meters 25:50 2014 Paul Short Run
CAREER AWARDS (Academics)
BIG EAST All-Academic Team 2013-14, 2014-15