Johnson Track & Field heads to State

(Editor’s Note: This post was updated at 12:40 p.m. on Thursday, May 5)

BUDA — The Johnson High School (JHS) Jaguars will soon watch one of their dreams come true  — heading to Austin for the UIL State Track and Field meet. 

With a team score of 71 points, the JHS Women’s Track and Field team captured the 5A Regional IV Championship in San Antonio on April 30. A handful of team and individual performances qualified the team for the state tournament and some even broke records. 

The Jaguar Women’s 4×200 meter relay team consisting of Sidney Kinnison, Sydney Silas, Sophia Olivarez and Elektra Sanchez won the gold in their event while also setting the 5A Regional record with a time of 1:40.10. This group was on its way to state two years ago before COVID-19 shut down the season and the team missed out last season by one spot. 

Top Left to Right: Stephanie Jewell, Sidney Kinnison, Zaniah Hoskins, Sophia Olivarez , Elektra Sanchez, Sydney Silas, Jadyn Jaeger, Jade Selmon and Kyra Gaddy. Bottom Left to Right Coaches: De’Von Robinson, Keoni Akina, Tosha Ridgeway, Ashley Akina, Sam Carlin, Briana Volpe, Ally Buitron and Will Compton (Photo courtesy of Coach Will Compton)

Another group also qualifying for the state meet is the Jaguar 4×100 meter relay team of Jade Selmon, Sydney Silas, Sophia Olivarez, and Elektra Sanchez, who qualified with a second place finish and a time of 47.74.

Junior Sidney Kinnison also set a regional record in the 300 meter hurdles and is the regional champion in 5A with a time of 42.36. Zaniah Hoskins punched her ticket by winning gold in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 6 inches. 

On the men’s side, Jaguar 300 meter hurdle runner Josh Blalock qualified for state with a silver medal finish in his event.

Josh Blalock is the first and only Johnson High School boy to qualify for UIL State (photo courtesy of Coach Will Compton)

 

 

 

The 5A State meet will be held on Friday, May 13 at Mike A Myers Stadium at the University of Texas at Austin.

 

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