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University of Miami Athletics

Kayla Johnson

position

Sprints

Class

Senior

Hometown

Miami, Fla.

High School

Southridge

Kayla Johnson - Track & Field - University of Miami Athletics

USTFCCCA All-America, Honorable Mention (800m & 4×400) 

2021 Outdoor: Began her outdoor season winning the 400m dash at the Hurricane Collegiate Invitational with a time of 54.33… Finished third overall at the history Florida Relays in her first 800m race of the season with a time of 2:04.79… Was part of the winning 4×400 relay team at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational, recording a time of 3:39.58… Ran the 800m at Tom Jones Memorial with a time of 2:06.93 to finish 10th… Improved her 800m program record at the UNF Invitational running a time of 2:02.94, which ranked as the 10th-fastest time in the NCAA at the time and helped the 4×400 relay team run a season best time of 3:33.43 which was the 20th fastest time in the NCAA heading into conference… Finished fourth at the ACC Outdoor Championships in the 800m with a time of 2:04.56… Ran a personal best and improved her program record in the 800m at the NCAA East Preliminaries with a time of 2:01.37 to secure another spot at the NCAA Outdoor Championships… Finished 16th in the 800m with a time of 2:04.92 and earned her sixth-ever USTFCCCA All-America Honor… Helped the 4×400 relay with three freshmen run a time of 3:36.22 and earned USTFCCCA Honorable Mention.

ACC Indoor 4×400 Champion
800m Miami Indoor Record Holder
USTFCCCA All-America, Honorable Mention (800m) 

2021 Indoor: For the second year in a row, Johnson recorded a program record on Texas Tech’s track, winning the 600 yard run with her time of 1:20.75, snapping a seven-year record for the Canes… She also helped the women’s 4×400 relay finish second with a time of 3:43.61…Finished fifth in the 800m at the Bob Pollock Invitational with her time of 2:09.56 and was part of the second-place 4×400 relay team that finished with a time of 3:40.49…Posted a top-10 finish in the 800m with a season-best time of 2:09.28 to finish ninth and helped the 4×400 relay team post a season-best time of 3:39.13 at the Tiger Paw Invite… Ran the second-fastest qualifying time and then personal-best time of 2:05.18 in the 800m prelims at the ACC Indoor Championships… She went on to finish fourth with a new PB of 2:03.80 in the ACC Indoor Championship finals, which was a new Miami program record… Johnson was part of Miami’s winning 4×400 relay team at ACCs, running a time of 3:37.35… Competed at the NCAA Indoor Championships and finished 14th overall with a time of 2:09.57.

2020 Outdoor: Season canceled due to COVID-19.

2020 Indoor: Finished third in the women’s 800m at the Vanderbilt Invitational, running the fastest-collegiate time of 2:08.12…. Recorded a program-record time in the 600m with her time of 1:27.64 at the Texas Tech Invitational… Was a member of the 4×400 relay where the Canes posted a time of 3:40.96 to finish seventh… Ran a time of 53.68 in the 400m at the Tiger Paw Invitational and registered a time of 2:16.47 in the 800m… Added five points to the women’s team score at the ACC Indoor Championships, running a season-best time of 2:06.35 in the 800m.

2019 Outdoor: Finished fifth in the women’s 400m dash at the Power 5 Trailblazer Challenge with a time of 53.22 and helped the Canes win the 4×400 relay with a time of 3:32.88… Finished eighth in the 800m run at the Florida Relays, running a time of 2:06.60 and was part of Miami’s fifth-place finish in the 4x400m relay that recorded a time of 3:32.22

USTFCCCA All-America Honors, Second-Team – 4×400 relay
USTFCCCA All-America Honors, Second-Team – 800m
ACC Indoor 4×400 Relay Champio
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2019 Indoor: Finished second in the 600m at the UAB Blazer Invite with a time of 1:28.31… Ran a phenomenal 400m race with a time 54.26, .02 seconds off a personal best at the UAB Vulcan Invite… Was a member of the women’s 4x400m relay team that finished fourth with a combined time of 3:35.73 at the Texas Tech Classic… Finished first in the 400m final with a time of 54.00 and was a member of the women’s 4x400m relay that finished second with a combined time of 3:40.51 at the Virginia Tech “Doc Hale” Elite Meet… Won the women’s 800m with a time of 2:08.40 at the Tiger Paw Invite and combined to run the then-nation’s ninth fastest 4x400m time of 3:33.99… Won a silver medal in the 800, with a program-record time of 2:05.21 at the ACC Indoor Championships. Was part of the winning 4x400m relay team, posting a time of 3:32.75 to help the Canes win the ACC Indoor Championships.

ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week – March 20, 2018
ACC Women’s Track Performer of the Week – April 3, 2018

2018 Outdoor: Was the top collegiate runner in the 400m at the Hurricane Invitational, finishing second overall with a time of 52.82 seconds…Anchored the 4x400m relay to victory at the Hurricane Invitational with an NCAA-leading time of 3:34.72 and fifth in the women’s 4x400m relay with a time of 3:41.07… Won the women’s 800m with a NCAA-leading time and school-record time of 2:03.92 at the Florida Relays and finished fourth in the women’s 4x400m relay after teaming up to post a time of 3:33.19… Won the women’s 4x400m relay at the Hurricane Alumni Meet combining for a time of 3:35.55… Won the women’s 800m with an ACC-leading time of 2:03.04 at the Hurricane Collegiate Invitational breaking her own school record she set at the Florida Relays… Was a member of the women’s 1600m sprint medley relay that finished in fifth-place with a combined time of 3:52.90…

2018 Indoor: Won the women’s 600m at the UAB Blazer Invitational with a time of 1:31.78 that ranks third all-time in UM history…Earned her first collegiate victory at the Red Raider Open, winning the women’s 800m with a time of 2:12.75… Member of winning 4x400m relay team at the Red Raider Open that ran a time of 3:41.84…Ran a collegiate-best time of 2:12.08 in the women’s 800m at the Power 5 Invitational, finishing fifth in Heat 4 and 12th overall…Member of 4x400m relay team that finished second at the Power 5 Invitational with a time of 3:38.53…Led the Canes in the women’s 400m at the Tiger Paw Invitational, winning Heat 10 and finishing seventh overall with a time of 54.20 seconds that is the fastest by any Hurricane this season…Won Heat 2 and finished third overall in the women’s 800m at the Tiger Paw Invitational with a personal-best time of 2:06.54 that ranks fourth all-time in UM history…Finished second in Heat 3 and eighth overall in the women’s 4x400m relay with a season-best time of 3:38.35…won Heat 3 of the women’s 800m with a time of 2:06.80 – third-fastest in preliminaries – and advanced to the ACC Indoor Championships final, where she finished seventh with a time of 2:07.11…Johnson anchored a 4x400m relay team that won section 3 and finished third overall with a season-best time of 3:35.23.

Johnson is one of two signees from Miami’s Southridge High School that is joining the Hurricanes in 2017-18. A first team All-Dade selection, Johnson is the 2017 Florida Class 4A state champion in the 800m and on the 4x400m, while helping Southridge win the team state championships. Johnson also placed third in the state in the girl’s 400m and ran a personal-best in the 800m to win the event at Florida Relays in a time of 2:07.19. She was also the 2017 Golden South champion in the 800m. Johnson was a finalist in the 400m at the 2016 USATF Junior Nationals and was the runner-up in the 400m at the 2016 GMAC Championships. She took third place in the 800m at the 2016 FHSAA 4A state meet and was a finalist in the 800m at the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in Havana, Cuba. Johnson was the 800m champion at the 2016 Louie Bing Classic, the Spartan Invitational, Bob Hayes Invitational and the Youth Fair Invitational. She also helped Southridge finish second as a team at the 2016 FHSAA Class 4A State Championships and helped Southridge qualify for the cross country state meet for the first time in over a decade. Johnson ranked tenth in the final all-class high school national ranking in the girl’s 800m.