Rowan freshman Ahmir Johnson won the NCAA Division 3 triple jump title Saturday, becoming the Prof’ 27th national champion in the program’s long, storied history.
Johnson, a graduate of Wissahickon High School in Ambler, leaped 49-7 on his second attempt and that stood up as winning mark at Irwin Belk Stadium on the North Carolina A&T campus in Greensboro, N.C.
Johnson is the first triple jump national champion in Rowan history and the first to place at nationals in the triple since Shawn Savage took eighth in 1995.
Johnson, a transfer from Gwynnyed-mercy, entered the competition with a lifetime best of 48-8 1/4 from the AARTFC Indoor Championships in Rochester in March of 2020 and an outdoor PR of 48-3 1/2 from the Philadelphia Metropolitan Collegiate Invitational at Franklin Field last month.
He opened up Saturday with a 47-7 3/4 before popping the 49-7 on his second jump. Tom Kohn of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and Kyle Rollins of St. John Fisher in Rochester both jumped 49-3 1/2 – Rollins on his second jump and Fisher on his fourth – but when Kohn, jumping second-to-last in the final, went 49-3 on his final attempt, Johnson became Rowan’s first national champion since Anthony Salemo won the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 2017.
Johnson extended his own school record, which was previously held by Harrison Escoffery, who jumped 48-1 1/4 in 2017.
At Wissahickon, Johnson jumped 48-5 3/4 indoors in a meet at Glen Mills and had an outdoor PR of 47-0 3/4 at the PIAA District 1 AAA Championships at Coatesville.