Big Rapids, Mich. - Ferris State University junior runner Samantha Johnson recently was chosen as the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Athlete of the Week after her indoor track performance a week ago.
Johnson reached an NCAA Division II National Provisional Qualifying mark in winning the women's mile run at the annual Mike Lints Laker Open hosted by Grand Valley State University on Jan. 17 in Allendale, Mich. She clocked 4:54.70 in the event held inside the Kelly Family Sports Center.
The Bulldog standout was one of five FSU runners to place among the top 10 overall in the 36-runner race and won the event by more than five seconds over teammate Anna Rudd, who came in second while also topping the NCAA national standard.
Along with the mile run, Johnson also placed 15th oerall in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10;15.63 in a field that included 68 participants. The Mike Lints Laker Open included 830 athletes and more than 1,100 entries overall.
Last fall, Johnson competed as an individual for the Bulldogs at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships and placed fifth in the nation in the women's 6K race, which represented the highest individual finish ever by a Bulldog in school history.
She was an individual qualifier for the national championships last fall after winning the individual crown at the 2013 NCAA Midwest Regional held on Nov. 9 in Kenosha, Wis. She claimed both GLIAC and United States Track & Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Runner of the Year honors last fall in cross country.
The Bulldog men's and women's indoor track and field teams will return to action this week as they compete in the Saginaw Valley State "Cardinal" Invitational on Friday (Jan. 31) evening in University Center, Mich. Action gets underway at 3 p.m. (ET).