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James Johnson
James Johnson

Springfield, Ill.

Track and Field

Baseball (1930), Men's Track and Field (1930-33)

Inducted: 1976

Scored over 200 points in one track season and claimed victories over three Olympic winners, including Jesse Owens ... defeated Owens in the 100-meter and 100-yard dashes at the National AAU Meet at Soldier Field ... equaled the world record in the 220-yard dash in 20.5 seconds during the same event that Ralph Metcalf of Marquette established a new mark of 20.4 seconds ... was in the finals of the 1932 Olympic Trials (finishing fourth in the 100-yard dash), but missed a berth due to a controversial committee ruling ... qualified for the Olympic 400 relay team, but was taken off due to his appeal of the 100 yard dash ruling... captain of the 1933 track team and along with distance runner Lyle Hutton, was responsible for placing Illinois State (ISNU) sixth in the NCAA meet in Chicago ... tied several world record, and still holds numerous Illinois State records, including a 9.4 second clocking in the 100 meter dash ... 1972 inductee of the NAIA Hall of Fame ... received a special award for achievement in track and field in 1958 from the NAIA ... ran in an era of cinder tracks and spiked shoes ... died in 1979.