Z. McKay Johnson

Nickname: McKay
Graduates in 2016

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Z. McKay Johnson

Nickname: McKay
Graduates in 2016

6' 2 1/2" | 279 lbs

male | Left Handed

Clovis North High School
2770 International Avenue
Clovis, CA 93730
(559) 327-5000

Sport: track

Primary Event:
Shot Put 16b
Best Time, Distance or Height:
2018 NCAA Division I - 1st Team All-American (Indoor)

Secondary Event:
Discus 2kg
Best Time, Distance or Height:
183'3" (55.86 meters)

Third Event:
Shot Put 16b
Best Time, Distance or Height:
64' 11.5" (19.80 meters)

  • 2018 MPSF Indoor Championships - 19.60 m
  • 2017 Cal Bears - Spring Opener - Discus
  • 2017 Cal Bears - Spring Opener - Shot Put
  • 2016 CIF Masters Championships - Shot Put
  • 2016 CIF - California State Meet Track Championships - Discus 188'10
  • Central Section - Masters Championship
  • TRAC League Championships (Discus) 1st Place
  • Recruiting Trip to Cal w/Marshall and Brenden (2013 California State Discus Champ.)
  • 2016 California CIF Shot Put podium
  • Me w/ my high school coach Rich Brazil and teammate (now Oregon Duck) Rhesa Foster - 2016 CIF State Long Jump Champ

About Me

Hi.  My name is McKay Johnson and I am a senior at Clovis North High School in Fresno, California.  Thank you for looking at my personal athlete website on Prep Recruiters.  If you didn't find my website by searching the site, it is because I have emailed you with a link to bring you here, which means your school and program is one I am very interested in attending and competing for.  I have been very committed to my sport and craft for the past 5 years.  Since the conclusion of my junior season I have made big gains in the gym and in the ring, spending more time than I ever have because I want to succeed and be able to compete at the next level.  I have been fortunate to have a supportive family, coaches, and training partners who have met my commitment by being involved as much as I have asked them to be.  The bottom line is that I found that you can have all the resources in the world, and have people want the best for you, but the drive and push for it had to come from me.  

My goals may seen lofty, but I know I can achieve them and am already well on my way.  We grow late in my family and I have included some stats around my weight and distance improvements to demonstrate that.  I have grown up a lot over the past year realizing that being "all-in" meant something more than what I was giving previously, although I have always worked hard.  Just not like this!  I am a very good and disciplined student.  As a teammate, I try to act like a leader by example, and always exhibit sportsmanship, win, lose, or otherwise.  I do hope you'll consider me for your program, and be willing to stay connect, and follow what I am doing.  If you should be interested, or want to know anything more, please feel free to let me, my parents, or school know.

Thank you,


Athletic Progression

My Current Goals

Current Accomplishments 2018


NCAA Division I - Indoor Track Championships (College Station, TX)

Indoor Season (First Meet @ University of Washington) January 27th

- 64' 5.25"  (19.64 meters) Cal Berkeley - Indoor School Record         NCAA Indoor #6 (through February 3rd)

- MPSF Championships 2nd Place (19.60 meters)  - NCAA Indoor #10 (through Feb 28th)

Weight Goals for sophomore year at Cal:

275-278lb @ NCAA Outdoor Championships


Accomplishments 2017

2017 U.S. Junior National Championships - 3rd Place Shot Put    6th Place Discus

World Rank U20 - 6kg Shot Put - July 2017  -    #11 (Highest Rank)

World Rank (Age Group) - 16lb Shot Put - July 2017 -   #4  (Highest Rank)


Weight Goals for freshman year at Cal:

255lb by start of track season - Accomplished

260lb by end of track season - Accomplished

Track Goals for freshman year at Cal:

60'+     - 16lb Shot put - Accomplished @ 61'4.75'+ / Freshman school record / #8 All-time List

New goal - Keep PR'ing

- 180'+   - 2kg  Discus 

My Current Focus

My biggest focus in achieving my goals now is around working with the 16lb shot put and 2kg for the Summer before I get to Cal.  I am going to skip on Junior Nationals and Junior Olympics because of the transition up in implement weight.  My plan is to compete at the USATF Junior Nationals next year.  

Physically, I want to focus more on developing my training routine and strength to be more in line with what my college coaches are going to expect.  This will include slowly bringing my weight up to hopefully 250lb or more before the season begins, and closer to over 260lb before the end of my freshman track season.  I continue to evolve with how I manage my diet and calorie intake to get the right kind of muscle weight.  It's a job but continues to pay off!

HS Senior

Attended Ironwood Throws Camp in Easter Washington, Summer of 2015 heading into senior year.

Trained 3x per day at least 6 days a week.  1x in the gym, with a throwing session in the morning  and another at night for 9 months following 2015 California CIF State Meet.

Height - 6' 1" (End of Track Season)

Weight - 227lb (End of Track Season) 

Shot Put - 64' 1.75" (League Champion, Area Champion, Section Masters Champion, School Record Holder, League Record Holder, Section #7 All-Time, CA State #3, was US #13 finished regular season)

Discus - 188' 10" (League Champion, Area Champion, School Record Holder, League All-Time #3, Section All-Time #10,  CA State #4, was as high as US #15.  Finished US #27 at conclusion of my season with less than 10 feet separating next 17 throwers up to #10.)  Just beginning to scratch upside.

Other Awards:

Fresno Bee:  Track & Field Co-Outstanding Field Athlete of the Year

School Awards:

Clovis North - Most Outstanding Varsity Field Athlete

Clovis North - Committed Award

Clovis North - Bronco Champion Award

HS Junior

Attended Tony Ciarelli Olympian Throws Clinic at Newport harbor HS, February of 2014 heading into junior year track season.

Height - 5' 11.5"

Weight - 193lb (Track Season)

Shot Put - 52' 1' (North Area Shot Put Champion)

Discus - 158' 11"


Other Awards:

Clovis North - Most Outstanding Varsity Field Athlete

HS Sophomore

Height - 5' 9.75"

Weight - 166 (Track Season)

Shot Put (12lb) - 44' 0"

Shot Put (10lb) - 47' 6"

Discus - 147' 1" (North Area Discus Champion)


Other Awards:

Clovis North - Most Improved Varsity Field Athlete

Academic Information

School: Clovis North High School

School District: Clovis Unified School District

Region: West

Graduation Year: 2016

NCAA Clearing House Number: 5436587987

League Name: TRAC (Tri River Athletic Conference)

GPA (Weighted): 3.94

GPA (Unweighted): 3.73

SAT: Supply upon request

ACT: Supply upon request

Academic Awards:

  • Principal's Honor Roll (Every Semester Enrolled)

School Clubs:

  • FCA - Fellowship Christian Athletes
  • Leadership
  • ASB Officer (1 year)
  • Student Government Officer (4 years)

Community/Non-profit Involvement:

  • Marjoree Mason Center - Raised clothing donations for women and children in abusive households
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters - Annual fundraising event volunteer
  • Sierra Foundation Volunteer - Benefitting Sierra Unified
  • Community Food Bank Volunteer

Recruiting Information

Coach Name: Rich Brazil

Coach Name: Zak Johnson

Parent Name: Jennifer Johnson

Parent Name: Zak Johnson

3 Reasons You Should Recruit Me

Reason 1: My work ethic is genuine, and comes from my want to succeed. I will bring out the same in my teammates.

Reason 2: I am very coachable, and an evolving (but an all-in) student of shot put and discus.

Reason 3: I take care of the classroom which means you get to focus on my growth in the ring, not worrying if I will make it through school.

Preferred Region(s):

  • Midwest
  • Southeast
  • South
  • Southwest
  • West
  • Pacific Northwest

Not Preferred Region(s):

  • New England
  • East

Being Recruited By:
Or received letters from; Cal (UC Berkeley), University of Arizona, UCLA, Arizona State, Cal State Northridge, Cal Poly SLO, UC Davis, UConn, UC San Diego, Sacramento State, Occidental, Concordia, UC Riverside

Received Offers From:
Cal, University of Arizona, Cal State Northridge, UConn, UC San Diego, UC Davis