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USC Adds Blockburger Twins to its 2021-22 Track & Field Roster

 


The USC track and field program

has added transfers Johnnie and Alyssa

Blockburger to its 2021-22 roster,

it was announced by Director of Track

& Field Quincy Watts today (July 21).

The sophomore twins competed at Arizona

during the 2020-21 season.

Johnnie Blockburger was the 2021

Pac-12 400m dash champion with

a time of 45.57 and was named the

Pac-12 Men’s Freshman of the Year.

He set the Arizona school record and

posted a personal-best time of 44.71

to win the 400m title at the Jim Click

Shootout on April 10. He also had PRs

of 10.28 in the 100m and 20.70 in the

200m during the 2021 season. Blockburger

ranked No. 6 among NCAA

runners in the 400m during the regular

season and was the only freshman to

run a sub-45.0 time in the 400m dash.

Blockburger was called “the 400m Find

of 2021” by Track and Field News and

finished 12th in that distance at the

NCAA Championships, one of three

freshman to reach the semifinals.

Blockburger also qualified for the U.S.

Olympic Team Trials in the 400m.

Alyssa Blockburger had a season-

best time of 2:09.41 in the 800m

to place sixth at the Desert Heat Classic

on May 1. She finished in the top

six in every regular season 800m race

in which she competed. She did not

reach the finals of the 800m at the Pac-

12 Championships, but did run a leg

on the 4x400m relay which posted a

time of 3:44.22 to finish fifth. She also

competed with the 4x400m relay at the

NCAA West Preliminary Rounds which

ran 3:36.08 to finish 13th.

Johnnie and Alyssa Blockburger

graduated from Tucson High in Tucson,

Ariz. in 2020 and are the children

of Cynthia and Sheldon Blockburger.

Sheldon Blockburger served as the

USC assistant coach for jumps and

multi-events for the 2016-18 seasons.

 

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