After an onslaught of rain and lightning, Randy came back to take 3rd place in the 800 meter run State Championships. All throughout the race it looked as if he was slipping and it wasn't until after the race that we found out why. The track was made of blue foam, and when it got wet it was extremely slippery especially if your shoes don't have good traction. My brother Nicholas went on to have the same problem.
After the rain and the races we went to the restaurant that has been our favorite since we were knee-high to a grasshopper ~ Cracker Barrel. They house the food of champions.
This race was somewhat nostalgic as it will be the last Hershey Track & Field Games ever held. My sister competed and advanced in it for years, and we are very proud of both of our brothers.
*Anya & Tati ~ Photographers.
So, this last Cross Country meet, held today (September 20th, 2014), didn't go as well as it could have. It was muddy, humid, hot, and a mosquito haven ~ AKA: the conditions were far less than ideal.
Owen Bailey slipped in the mud and hit a pole, resulting in this ugly, but in my teammates words "epic looking" cut.
Emilie Enke, who is also a photographer, lost her shoe in the mud, which was thick and about 5-6 inches deep, at the very beginning of the race. She ran about half a mile half-way barefoot before the coach ran over, stopped her, and put the shoe back on.
Ashtyn Farrell, the "evil twin" and most definitely one of the spunkiest runners I know, was pushing it like a pro.
The course had little traction, even with spikes, and quite a few team-members slipped and landed in the mud... myself included.
As a spectator for the first few races, I noticed quite a few kids on other teams stopping to walk or completely dropping out of the race. I am proud to say that none of my teammates did either. Though our times may have been higher than we would have liked, the Jaguars kept pushing along.
I know we are all aiming to prove ourselves next week...
And knowing my teammates I am sure we will do so.
I will end this entry with, as most people who know me already know quite well, one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite people.
Oh... I can't resist, here is another Churchill quote, let's face it...
The man was a genius.
As many of you know, I have been trying as hard as I could to make it onto the Varsity Cross Country team. I am already a Varsity athlete on the Track & Field team, as sprinting very fast was easy, I had been a Varsity sprinter since my freshman year. Keeping up a good pace over longer distances though was a bit of a killer for me.
But I finally did it, and while I attribute some of it to my training, I would have to honestly attribute more of it to my being a stubborn, bull-headed kid.
Anybody who knows me, knows how strongly my family and I support Childhood Cancer Research, Patients, and their Families.
On June 21st, my siblings and I competed in the The Gold Ribbon Run ~ Supporting FOCWC (Families Of Children With Cancer) 2-Mile run.
*"Overall" encompasses both Males and Females.
My sister Tatiana Marie, Won 1st Place ~ not only in our Age category, but also 1st as the Overall Female Champion.
I took 2nd Place in my Age Group, Tati took 1st, and considering the fact, I am still on the Track & Field "Sprint Setting" I am quite happy with where I placed.
And in 1st Place in his Age Group, as well as 1st Place Overall Race Champion was my brother, Randy Johnson Jr. .. Nicholas Jefferson Johnson, my youngest brother, placed 6th in his Age Group, he had some very stiff competition to boot.
And now some words of wisdom from one of my musical inspirations, Elvis Presley ~ Who was also a supporter of Childhood Cancer funds and was one of the Major Financial Contributors of St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Randy Johnson Jr'
Place (Age Div): 1st
Place (Overall M&F): 2nd
My Brother Randy Jr., is like a machine running, here he is Winning his Age Division and Placing 2nd Overall !
Randy, set the Middle School Records in the 400m.. 800m.. and 1600m Runs in May.
Some of those records where 20+ years old !
Undefeated in Cross Country & Now Track Sprint Records.. Watch Out Middle School runners, he is getting better everyday ! For Real...
Place (Age Div): 2nd
Place (Overall M&F): 17th
This was my 1st Distance race of 2014, as I have been running on the High School Varsity Sprint Team, AKA: I have done no distance training for the past few months.
The difference between 200 meters and 3.1 miles ??
My dad says - "ahh no difference".
" Just Keep Running .. Faster !"
Notice my Marine Corps shirt, that is when you know you are Tough.. (ha ha)
Nicholas Jefferson Johnson
Place (Age Div): 4th Place
Place (Overall Males): 9th Place
Nicholas ran his Personal Best in this 5K.. as well ~ Nick is Ashwaubenon's Top 6th Grade Cross Country runner..
Too bad, he has his Brother Randy on the Team (ha ha). Oh well, 2nd Place will have to be fine & he is Ok with that ! :)
Place (Age Div): 1st
Place (Overall Females): 3rd
Tati ran her 1st 5K race of the season .. and Won her Age Class as well as placing 3rd Overall in the Women's Division. and Top Ten Overall M&F.
These 5K's should help Tatiana & I, as Wisconsin Schools are changing Cross Country Meets from 4K's to running 5K's in All Female Events effective Fall 2014.
Written by Anastasia Lee:
So, it was the last race of the season, the race I wanted to show what I could do, well... I showed what I could do, just not in the way I expected. I had been having trouble with my big toe on my right foot, it was infected, thus infecting the area around it, and making running a major pain in the neck. I didn't say much about it.
Naturally I also put off treating it to the last minute, literally, I was at the hospital with my Dad the morning of the race. They proceeded in telling me my toenail should be pulled off and my toe wrapped. The nurse came in with a large needle (Note: I don't like needles), and proceeded in jabbing me in the toe a total of four times, and contrary to what my Dad thought would happen, I said nothing ~ Although I am told my face was beet red. The doctor then came in, grabbed a pliers and yanked my toenail off. It didn't hurt, but let's just say I didn't think it was possible for a toe to bleed that much. He wrapped it up, and ended up giving me what looked like a shower cap to put on my foot as my foot was so swelled and the wrappings were so thick I couldn't put my shoe on.
I arrived at school an hour later, with everyone asking what happened to my foot. Two hours after I arrived it was time to head to the bus with my sister, as I had a Cross Country meet in one hour. By then the painkillers had worn off and I was seriously pondering whether or not I should run the meet. When my teammates ran their warmup, I was still attempting to put on my shoe, but the swelling completely eliminated that option, and my foot hadn't yet stopped bleeding.
So, I put my spike on my good foot and as for my bad foot, I ripped the insides out of my "trainers" or tennis shoes, slid them into my sock, pulling my shoelaces out of my shoes and tied the whole thing up into a makeshift cast and hobbled over to the start line, looking like a nut.
Jackie B. donated some athletic tape to my cause (to assure I didn't loose my makeshift 'shoe'), she is also a nurse in training so it was good practice. And BAM ~ The gun was off, granted I didn't run a "Personal Best" at that race, but I was far from last. I ran past my coaches at several points in the race, all of them giving me very odd looks, and I looked down at my foot at several points in the race, and began to wish I hadn't run. Let's just say I ruined the sock I was wearing... which happened to be my sisters. The sock started out white and finished the race red.
At the Cross Country Team Dinner at the end of the season, the coach said I was crazy (an opinion I can honestly concur with).