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