Senior Heidi Johnson stands next to coach Rick Fullum after placing fourth in the triple jump in the Sac-Joaquin Section Track and Field Championships at Chavez High School in Stockton. (Photo courtesy of Sue Johnson)
Senior ends track season with eighth-place finish in Masters
As the track and field regular season came to an end, two individual athletes and the boys 4×100 relay team advanced to the postseason.
Senior Heidi Johnson competed in the long jump and triple jump all season, frequently placing first or second in each event. She advanced to the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships, May 8 and May 10 at Chavez High School in Stockton, in the both jumps. Her 35-foot, 2-inch triple jump landed her a spot in the Masters meet for the fourth consecutive year.
The Masters was held at Davis Senior High School on May 17-18.
Johnson placed eighth in the triple jump, with a season-high 36 feet, 11 ¼ inches.
She did not advance to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) State Championships.
“I would have loved to jump farther, but I’m happy with how I ended the season,” Johnson said.
Junior Charles Thomas competed in the 400 meters at the section championships, finishing in 54.66 seconds. He did not place in the top eight.
Thomas also ran with sophomore Kenyatta Dumisani and freshmen Craig Bolman and Elliot Crowder in the 4×100-meter relay during the season. The relay team’s best finish was 47.17 seconds in the Sacramento Metropolitan Athletic League (SMAL) finals, in which it placed second.
According to coach Rick Fullum, the season “went well. I found a group of student athletes that are great to work with. The best part was seeing the joy from improvements on the faces of the athletes.”
—By Ethan Monasa
Originally published in the May 28 edition of the Octagon.