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Ben Johnson is a bad ass

February 19, 2008

Albuquerque is home to no major professional sports franchises. Albuquerque, however, is home to Ben Johnson, a bad MF’ing dude.

Johnson, an Albuquerque Academy senior, is a phenomenal runner. This past weekend Johnson competed in the United States Track and Field Cross Country Championships and World Trials. Actually, Johnson didn’t compete… he dominated. The 18 year old was one of 100 distance runners selected to compete in this past weekend’s event. The field was composed of approximately seventy college freshmen and thirty high school seniors from across these fifty sovereign United States. The top six finishers qualified for he U.S. Jr. National XC Team and will compete next month in the World Cross Country Championships in Edinburgh, Scotland. Johnson finished sixth, 0.10 seconds faster than future teammate Brendan Gregg of Stanford University.

Johnson wasn’t the only Burqueño to do the Duke City proud. Matt Tebo, Eldorado ’07 and University of Colorado freshman, finished tenth, and Johnson’s former teammate, Dustin Martin, Albuquerque Academy ’07 and Columbia University freshman, finished thirty-fifth. Albuquerque-area distance runners have shown on the national radar for awhile now, but this breakout race is really a huge coming out for locally raised talent.

So, what does it take to kick so much ass? Try running a minimum of nine miles in approximately one hour for two months, everyday, without exception. Yeah, that’s nine consecutive miles at roughly a little more than 4 minute mile 6:40 minute mile pace. Oh, and that is after leading your high school team to the number one spot in the nation… and training at elevation… in the winter… through sand and over mountains. I think I just lost a good twenty pounds trying to wrap my brain around that.

Congratulations, Ben. You’re a freakin’ stud. We’re less than two months into 2008 and you’re, uh, already running away with Albuquerque sportsman of the year.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lion Caldwell permalink
    February 19, 2008 5:49 pm

    Ben Johnson is an outstanding runner. And I am not sure what his workouts are. But for the author’s information 9 miles in an hour is about 6 minutes and 36 seconds a mile not 4 minutes a mile. Four minutes a mile would give you a 36 minute workout. And since the indoor 2 mile record set last weekend is 8 minutes and 4 seconds, 36 minutes for 9 miles would be amazing.

  2. El Orange permalink
    February 19, 2008 7:58 pm

    Lion, you’re absolutely right. My math seemed off… was just in a meeting for the last three hours without a computer… totally wanted to change that. Hoped no one would notice, but you got me.

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