WACO, Texas - Baylor track and field runner Rachel Johnson will be one of 79 athletes to represent the United States at the 2014 NACAC U-23 Championships, a three-day event Friday through Sunday, in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada.
"Rachel is looking forward to the opportunity to represent the US for her first time," head coach Todd Harbour said. "She has had a great 2014 outdoor season and hoping to finally end it with another great performance."
Johnson is slated to run the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 5:15 p.m. (7:15 p.m. CT) on Saturday. The Plano, Texas, native will be one of two United States steeplers at the event as Johnson will be joined by Courtney Frerichs.
Johnson took fifth in the event at the USATF Championships in June. In that final, she set a school record for a third straight race with a time of 9:41.56 to be the fastest collegiate at the meet.
Johnson bettered her own school record mark from the first round of action at the national meet when she turned in a 9:42.82 to be eighth.
Johnson has broken the school record four times in 2014. She placed third at the NCAA Championships in June with another school-record performance of 9:44.47. Johnson's first school-record performance of the season came at the Stanford Invitational in April where she was second with a time of 9:49.31.
The NACAC meet features more than 500 athletes from 31 countries in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. Athletes, ages 20, 21 and 22, will compete at Hillside Stadium on the campus of Truman Rivers University in the eighth edition of the event. The U.S. led all nations with an impressive medal haul of 31 golds, 25 silvers and 11 bronzes at the 2102 championships in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Follow the official Twitter account of the team: @BaylorTrack for an inside look with results, photos and stories.