June 20, 2013
2013 Canadian Championship
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ----- Former UAB All-American Rhiannon Johnswill compete this weekend at the 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championship at Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Johns, who has had a busy schedule the past month and a half with major meets at the Conference USA Championship in Houston, the NCAA East Regional in Greensboro, N.C. and the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore., will run the 5,000-meters Saturday (6:20 p.m. CT) among the top track and field athletes in Canada.
The meet will run June 20-23 at Stade Moncton Stadium. The Canadian Nationals serve as the selection trials for the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships to be held in Moscow in August.
Overall, this weekend's meet at Moncton will host 600 athletes from 10 provinces in Canada. Thirty-eight participants are former Olympians and 19 are Canadian record holders.
Johns will enter the Canadian Championships with her own sparking resume she has built the past five years while competing at UAB.
She earned All-America honors for the second earlier this month with her performance in the 10k at the NCAA Championships. Two years ago, she earned All-America status in the 5k. Johns is a two-time C-USA champion in the 10k and holds the UAB record in the event.
In addition to this weekend's meet, Johns will next month compete at the World University Games for her home country in Kazan, Russia.
Off the track, Johns has twice been named Academic All-American and has been selected to the Conference USA All-Academic team on three occasions. She is presently working on Masters degree at UAB in mathematics.