Alvord’s Johnson captures silver medal

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, May 11, 2019
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Running in front of a frenzied crowd at Mike Myers Stadium Saturday night, Alvord’s Jared Johnson was unfazed.

The senior ended his only season of track with a silver medal in the 2A final. Johnson turned in a 10.84 to finish second to Milano’s Devonte Jones.

“It wasn’t quite the outcome I wanted,” Johnson said. “But it was good. This is something that’s not been done in a while.”

Running a few races ahead of national record holder in the 100 Houston Strake Jesuit’s Matthew Boling, Johnson fed off the crowd.

“It’s like nothing I’ve witnessed before. I took it well,” Johnson said, while waiting to watch Boling win the 6A race.

Out of the blocks, Johnson fought for the lead.

“The start was good. It was one of my better ones of the year,” Johnson said.

Down the track, he tried to stay loose. Johnson said he felt himself tighten up as he tried to chase down Jones in the lane next to him.

“I started to tighten up and that was probably the reason I came in second,” Johnson said. 

“I came in a hundredth behind him and he beat me by a tenth.”

Johnson thanked his coach Jay Johnson for helping him throughout the season to get to state in his only track season.

“I owe a lot a credit to my coach. He corrected my form,” Johnson said. “I wouldn’t be here without him.”

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