Athlete Spotlight – Sydney Johnson


Photo used with permission from Sydney Johnson.

Junior Sydney Johnson sprints down the track to finish strong in her 200 m dash.

Katie Marshall, Writer

Starting off the track season means a lot of exhausting practices and sore muscles. Athletes can either choose to push past these challenges or just give up.  Junior Sydney Johnson has continuously pushed through any hard times she has faced to become an accomplished track athlete.

This is Johnson’s third year on the Ozark Varsity Track team, during which she has explored many different events. Johnson is known for her quick start and speed through the 100 along with her contribution to many of the team’s relays. This year she hopes to not only continue the short sprint events, but she also wants to dive into the field events with the long jump.

“This year, I want to do things a little differently. It’s a big recruiting year for me so I want to try new things like long jump, the 400, and open 100. I’ll still run relays, just not as much so I can run those other events,” said Johnson.

With a wide range of skills and options, the coaches will work with Johnson to find the best fit for her throughout the seasons. “I’m really looking forward to seeing how much I can improve my times, as well as my team times in relays,” said Johnson.

While track has independent aspects, such as field events and open races, athletes work together for relays along with total team scores. “My favorite part of track is the social aspect of it and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of a race, especially the 4×400,” said Johnson.

Johnson, in addition to the rest of the team, hopes to have another incredible season and move further and further into their track careers. When asked if Johnson would run track in college, Johnson replied with an astounding yes.