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Arizona Blockburger twins, Johnnie, Alyssa transfer to USC for 2021-22 season

Johnnie Blockburger Jim Click Shootout 2021

The USC track and field programs announced the addition of two top transfers for the 2020-21 season. Director of Track & Field Quincy Watts revealed on Wednesday that sophomore twins Johnnie and Alyssa Blockburger will join the program after they competed for Arizona during the 2020-21 season.

“USC is excited to add the Blockburgers to our roster,” said Watts on the school’s website.  “Johnnie will be one of the most versatile sprinters in USC history. As a freshman he had times of 10.28 in the 100m, 20.70 in the 200m, and 44.71 in the 400m dashes. 

“We are also ecstatic about signing Alyssa.  She will add tremendous depth to our women’s distance program.”

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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 freshmen 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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