Event: Shot Put, Discus
PRs: SP - 20.84m/66-9.25 (2006); DT - 60.77m/199-4 (2005)
Born: 1984 in Tampa, Florida
Current Residence: Oxford, England
High School: Tampa Baptist Academy (Tampa, Fla.) HS ‘02
College: Florida State ‘07
Coach: Harlis Meaders
Club: Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers
Career Highlights: 2006 NCAA Indoor & Outdoor shot put champion; 2003 Pan Am Junior champion; 2003 U.S. Junior champion
One of the nation’s most talented young throwers, Garrett Johnson enjoyed a tremendous season in 2006 in winning the NCAA Division I Indoor and Outdoor men’s shot put titles, and ending the season ranked #5 in the U.S. by Track & Field News. In addition to his athletic prowess, Johnson is known for his tremendous acumen in the class room while a student at Florida State University. On November 19, 2005, Johnson became one of 32 college students from throughout the United States that year chosen to be a Rhodes Scholar and granted the opportunity to study at the University of Oxford in England. He was one of less than 100 from around the world who joined the prestigious academic program in October of 2006. With this honor, Johnson became just the second FSU student ever to have been selected as a Rhodes Scholar. His brother Marqus was a four-year standout and league champion at FSU in the throws area... graduated from FSU in three years with a degree in political science... was named a fist-team Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar... President of Student Athlete Advisory Council... Vice president of Student Seminole Boosters... Second team ESPN Academic All-American. As a prep standout at Tampa Baptist Academy, Johnson earned high school All-America honors... was the #3 shot putter in the nation with a throw of 19.81m/65-0 feet... turned in a discus throw of 58.53m/192-0... placed third at the national high school Adidas Championships... earned all-state honors all four years...was the class salutatorian, graduating second in his class.
2008: Olympic Trials finalist (FOUL)
2007: 7th at USA Outdoor Championships (19.64m/64-5.25)…1st at Copthall 20.07m/65-10.25…8th at World Athletics Final (19.26m/63-2.25)…best of 20.07m/65-10.25.
2006: 1st at NCAA Outdoors SP (20.29m/66-7)…1st at NCAA Indoors (20.48m/67-2.25)…7th at USA Outdoors (20.35m/66-9.25)…5th at NCAA Outdoors DT (56.99m/187-0)…1st at Penn Relays (20.84m/66-9.25)…ranked #5 U.S. in SP…bests of 20.84m/66-9.25, 57.88m/189-11.
2005: 8th at USA Outdoors (58.51m/191-11)…16th in SP qualifying at NCAA Outdoors (17.84m/58-6.5)…13th in DT qualifying at NCAA Outdoors (54.76m/179-8)…5th at NCAA Indoors SP (19.36m/63-6.25)…runner-up at ACC Outdoors in SP (19.17m/62-10.75) & DT (57.12m/187-5)…ranked # 8 SP, #9 DT in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 20.44m/67-0.75, 60.77m/199-4.
2004: Red-shirted due to injury during the indoor and outdoor seasons…best of 18.86m/61-10.5i.
2003: USA Junior SP champ (19.42m/63-8.75)…Pan Am Junior SP champ (19.95m/65-5.5)…runner-up at ACC Champs DT (55.22m/181-2)…bests of 63-2.25i, 55.22m/181-2.
2002: 5th at Golden West Invite shot put…3rd at National Scholastic shot put…bests of 20.09m/65-11.75hs, 58.66m/192-5hs.
2001: 5th at USA Juniors shot put…4th at USA Juniors discus…bests of 15.98m/52-5.25, 49.56m/162-7.