Johnson earns All-American honors in track and fieldThe Alexandria 13-year-old earned All-American honors in three events at the national event.
By: Lori Mork, Alexandria Echo Press
She may be young, but call Alexandria’s Wensia Johnson an All-American.
The 13-year-old recently competed in the 45th USATF National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships at Wichita State University July 26-31, returning home with three top-eight finishes to earn All-American honors in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and the long jump.
Johnson opened her competition with a strong performance in the 200-meter dash preliminaries, clocking in at 24.75 to reach the top eight and clinch a spot in the finals.
She clipped 0.22 off her time in the finals for a 24.53 and a fifth place finish in the 13-14 youth division.
Second on Johnson’s docket was the long jump, and the Alexandrian jumped 5.54 meters, or 18 feet, 2.25 inches. That distance snagged her a fourth place overall finish.
Johnson rounded out her meet competition with the 100-meter dash, qualifying for the finals with 12.15. She then cruised in with a 12.02 in the finals for a second place finish.
More than 6,500 athletes participated in the meet in Wichita, Kansas.
One of Johnson’s most recent coaches as been Melvin Anderson, former Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, who founded Youth Determined to Succeed, a non-profit program to inspire and equip youth to develop healthy, responsible lifestyles and become successful community leaders.
Anderson is also the head coach for Track Minnesota Elite.