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Johnson headed into Bison Athletic Hall of Fame

Lakes Area Recreation program director Todd Johnson will have a new title to add to his name after this weekend - Hall of Famer.

Johnson is being inducted into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame as North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, North Dakota inducts its 37th annual class of seven new members and one team today, Friday.

"More than a month ago, the track coach called me to tell me about it," said Johnson. "It will be a fun weekend."

A four-time North Central Conference champion in the javelin for the Bison, Johnson was also a two-time All-American.

He captured the NCC javelin championship in 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992 as NDSU made a run of 17 consecutive javelin championships.

Johnson is the only four-time javelin champion in North Central Conference history, consistently throwing over 200 feet, with a top mark of 211-8 in 1991.

His success in the NCC propelled Johnson to the NCAA meet in 1990, where he finished eighth with a toss of 207-8, and again in 1991, when he finished seventh with a throw of 201-11.

In high school, Johnson was a two-time North Dakota State Class A champion in the javelin, leading his Fargo South team to a pair of state championships.

As a senior, Johnson's success earned him North Dakota's Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

He was also a member of a pair of state Class A football championship teams.

Now the program director for Lakes Area Recreation, Johnson and his family moved to Alexandria in 1997 when he joined LAR as a youth programmer.

He worked for Moorhead Parks and Recreation from 1995-1997 as a youth baseball and basketball coordinator, as well as working in park maintenance.

Johnson will be joined in the Hall of Fame by men's basketball standout David Ryles (1983-1987), All-American offensive lineman Ted Hall (1984-1985), women's basketball All-American guard and cross country performer Jody Buck Stefonowicz (1989-1994), All-American nose guard Paul Lenz (1985-1988), women's basketball All-American guard/forward Nadine Schmidt (1989-1993) and Women's Basketball Hall of Fame head coach Amy Ruley (1979-2008).

The 1968 NDSU national championship football team will also be inducted.