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As you scroll down this page you will see his Professional, College and High School Accomplishments.  Included in the accomplishments you will find Championship Titles, Meet/Stadium Records, Awards while at UT and Black History Records.

 

Professional Accomplishments

2001
Ranked 2nd In The U.S. Rankings
Ranked 4th In The World Rankings
1st Place At U.S. Outdoor Championships At 19'- 2.25" (5.85m)
1st Place At World Indoor Championships, Gold Medallist At 19'- 6.25" (5.95m)
Indoor American Record holder At 19' - 6.5" (5.95m)
1st Place At U.S. Indoor Championships
1st at Verizon Millrose Games At 18'- 8.25" (5.70m)
1st at GST Open at Princeton Invitational At 19'- 2.25" (5.85m)

2000
Silver Medal In Olympic Games At Sydney, Austria At 19'- 4.25" (5.90m)
1st Place At U.S. Trials At 19'- 1.5" (5.83m)
1st Place At U.S. Indoor Championships At 19'- 0.75" (5.81m)
Ranked 3rd In The U.S. Rankings
Ranked 6th In The World Rankings

1998
1st Place at Rieti Grand Prix at 19'- 0.25" (5.08m)
Ranked 2nd in the U.S. Rankings
Ranked 9th in the World Rankings

1997
1st Place At U.S. Indoor Championships At 19'- 2.25" (5.85m)
2nd Place At World Indoor Championships At 19'- 2.25" (5.85m)
1st Place At U.S. Outdoor Championships At 19'- 4.25" (5.90m)
Ranked 2nd In The U.S.
Ranked 7th In The World Rankings

1996
8th Place Olympic Games At 18'- 8.25" (5.70m)
Ranked 2nd In The U.S. Rankings
Ranked 8th In The World Rankings
Signed With adidas And Oakley
 


Collegiate Accomplishments
​1996
American Record Holder At 19' - 7.5" (5.98m)
1st Place At NCAA Outdoor Championships At 19'- 1" (5.81m)
1st Place At U.S. Olympic Trials At 19'- 0.25" (5.80m)
8th in USA Indoors
NCAA All Time Record 19'- 7.5" (5.98m)
NCAA Athlete Of The Year
NCAA All American
SEC Record Holder
SEC Indoor And Outdoor Pole Vault Champion
Placed 2nd in the SEC Decathlon

1995
Won SEC PV
Won NCAA Outdoors at 18'- 8.25" (5.69m)
Hammer Strength "Comeback Athlete of the Year"
Silver Medal at World University Games in Fukuoka, Japan
Ranked #6 in U.S. by Track & Field News

1994
Won NCAA Indoor At 19'- 1.5" (5.82m) (New Collegiate Meet Record)
Indoor/Outdoor SEC Pole Vault Champion
Placed 3rd in Decathlon at SEC At 7,318

1993
2nd at NCAA Indoor At 18'- 0.5" (5.61m)
SEC Decathlon Champion 7576
Set American Junior Record 18 - 8.5" (5.71m)
USA Junior National Champion
Gold at Pan-Am Juniors
Collegiate Decathlon Pole Vault Record 18' - 1" (5.51m)
World Junior Decathlon Pole Vault Record 18' - 1" (5.51m)
 


Meet/Stadium Records​
Tom Black Outdoor Track Record
Pole Vault 1996 at 19'- 7.5" (5.98m)
Decathlon (Pole Vault Event) 1993 at 18'- 0.5" (5.49m)

Stokely Indoor Track Record
Pole Vault 1994 at 19'- 0.75" (5.81m)

World Junior Record
Decathlon (Pole Vault Event) 1993 at 18'- 0.5" (5.49m)

Sea Ray Relays Record
Pole Vault 1999 at 19'- 2.5" (5.85m)
Decathlon (Pole Vault Event) 1993 at 18'- 0.5" (5.49m)

Penn Relays Champion
Pole Vault 1996 at 19'- 0" (5.79m)
Decathlon (Pole Vault Event) 1996 at 18'- 1.75" (5.53m)

Gatorade Track Classic Record
Pole Vault 4/7/2001 at 19'- 4.25" (5.89m)

Nutter Field House Indoor
Pole Vault 1996 at 18'- 4" (5.60m)

Rector Field House Indoor
Pole Vault 2/24/2001 at 19'- 0.5" (5.94m)

Memorial Center
Pole Vault 1/30/1999 at 18'- 8.9" (5.76m)

Gator Invitational
Facility Record: Pole Vault 2/26/1994 at 18'- 8.25" (5.69m)
NCAA Meet Record: Pole Vault 5/29/1996 at 19'-1.25" (5.82m)

SEC Meet Record (stood for 11 Years)
14.45 in Decathlon 110 hurdles 1993 (While a Freshmen at UT)
 


U.S. Championship Titles
3-time U.S. Indoor Champion
1997
2000
2001

4-time U.S. Outdoor Champion
1996
1997
2000
2001

US Junior National Champion
Pole Vault 1993 at 18'-1" (5.51m)

NCAA Championship Titles
2-time NCAA Indoor Champion
1994 19'- 1.5" (5.82m)
1996 19'- 1.5" (5.82m)

2-time NCAA Outdoor Champion
1995 18'- 8.25" (5.69m)
1996 19'- 2" (5.84m)

SEC Championship Titles
3-time SEC Indoor Champion in the Pole Vault
1993 at 18'- 0.5" (5.49m)
1994 at 18'- 8.25" (5.69m)
1996 at 18'- 4.5" (5.60m)

3-time SEC Outdoor Champion in the Pole Vault
1994 at 19'- 1.25" (5.82m)
1995 at 17'- 8.5" (5.39m)
1996 at 17'- 6.25" (5.34m)

SEC Outdoor Champion in the Decathlon
1993 at 7,576
 


Awards While Attending the University of Tennessee
Vol All American
Outdoor
1993 17'- 8.5" (5.39m)
1995 18'- 8.25" (5.69m)
1996 19'- 1" (5.80m)

Indoor
1993 18'- 0.5" (5.49m)
1994 19'- 1.25" (5.82m)
1996 18'- 6.5" (5.65m)

All Time Top Performance at UT
60M High Hurdles 1996 #9 @ 7.98s
Pole Vault 1996 #1 @ 19'- 7.5" (5.98m)
Decathlon 1993 #10 @ 7,576

Top Three Decathlon Individual Events
110M Hurdles 1996 #2 @ 14.021s
Pole Vault 1993 #1 @ 18'- 1" (5.51m)

Tennessee Freshman Record
Indoor Pole Vault 1993 18'- 0.5" (5.49m)
Outdoor Pole Vault 1993 18'- 8.75" (5.70m)
Decathlon 1993 7,576
110m Hurdles (Decathlon) 1993 14.45s

Tennessee School Record
Indoor Pole Vault 1994 19'- 1.5" (5.82m)
Outdoor Pole Vault 1996 19'- 7.5" (5.98m)

Ed Murphey Award (Most Outstanding Performance)
Pole Vault 1996
Pole Vault 1995

Jon Young Memorial Captains Award
1996

Tony Wilson Memorial Trophy
1996
 
 
History/Black History Accomplishments
2000 Olympic Games
First Black or Black American Pole Vaulter to Medal and Step on the Podium

March 1997 in Paris
First Black or Black American Pole Vaulter to win in a Major Competition (won silver)

1996 Olympic Games
First Black or Black American Pole Vaulter to make the Olympic Team in the Pole Vault
 
 
High School Accomplishments
1992
National Scholastic Champion Indoors and Outdoors at 16'- 0" (4.87m)
Virginia State HS Champion
HS Athlete of the Year for Virginia at 17'- 6" (5.33m)

1991
Virginia State HS Champion at 16'- 0" (4.87m)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Coach Lawrence "LoJo" Johnson's Athletic Accomplishments

While LoJo is the most decorated US pole vaulter in over 50 years, Johnson was also a NCAA SEC champion in the decathlon scoring 7,576. His career includes performances from across the track and field spectrum including:


Additional Detailed Information on Lawrence "LoJo" Johnson

• 19 feet, 7 ½ inches in the Pole Vault (College Senior)

• 46 feet, 7 inches in the Triple Jump (HS Senior)

• 49.6 secs in the 400m (College Freshman)

• 13.96 secs in the 110m Hurdles (College Freshman)

• 23 feet, 6 inches in the Long Jump (College Freshman)

• 6 feet, 10 inches in the High Jump (College Freshman)

• 10.92 secs in the 100m (College Freshman)

• 176 feet, 6 inches in the Javelin (College Freshman)