Forness & Johnson Finish Off NCAA Meet

Forness & Johnson Finish Off NCAA Meet

WAVERLY, Iowa (5/28/16)—Mikayla Forness and Olivia Johnson closed out their 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Meet experience by competing in the javelin.

Neither athlete was able to come up with a big throw in the prelims and failed to qualify for finals.

Forness, who won the javelin competition at the MIAC Meet, was never able to get into her pre-nationals groove and finished in 17th place. Forness entered the meet with a season-best distance of 152-09. She started her national meet by posting a mark of 128-11 and was hoping that would be a good start for her three prelim tosses. However, that distance would turn out to be her top mark of the day as she scratched in her second attempt and then had a distance of 122-10 in her final try.

Forness finishes her very first NCAA National Meet with a ninth-place finish in the heptathlon. She scored 4,449 points which was only 19 points shy of tying for eighth place which would have earned her All-American honors.

Johnson was fighting a nagging shoulder injury and could only come up with a mark of 105-03.75. She qualified for the national javelin event with a mark of 135-04.

While Johnson's javelin competition didn't go the way she planned, she still earned her first-ever All-American honor. Johnson finished seventh in the shot put and was able to collect her first All-American award after qualifying for the national meet in each of her first three seasons at Concordia.