Junior DaShonda Johnson of Dodge City High School has ruled in the 100-meter hurdles throughout the regular season and into the Class 6A regional last Friday at Wichita Southeast.

    Johnson clocked 15.98 to win the regional crown, just off of her winning time of 15.47 in that event at the Western Athletic Conference meet on May 13.

    Johnson has a personal best is 15.0 entering this weekend’s Class 6-1A state track and field championships inside Wichita’s Cessna Stadium.

 


    Junior DaShonda Johnson of Dodge City High School has ruled in the 100-meter hurdles throughout the regular season and into the Class 6A regional last Friday at Wichita Southeast.
    Johnson clocked 15.98 to win the regional crown, just off of her winning time of 15.47 in that event at the Western Athletic Conference meet on May 13.
    Johnson has a personal best is 15.0 entering this weekend’s Class 6-1A state track and field championships inside Wichita’s Cessna Stadium.
    “She’s just a good athlete,” DCHS girls’ head coach Brian Lenz said of Johnson. “There’s no secret when you have athletic ability and you can do a lot of things with it.
    “That just seems to be a case where someone naturally is able to do it or not. We struggle with kids that can’t 3-step, and we struggle with the kids with the 3-step.”
    As far as Lenz is concerned, if Johnson wants to capture the gold medal, she needs to run the race of her life this weekend.
    “She’s wanting to win it, but it’s going to be real difficult to do that,” Lenz said. “”There’s a girl from Olathe East that runs under 14 seconds that she will be competing against.”
    Lauren Marshall of Dodge City also qualified in the 100 hurdles last weekend in a third-place time of  xx.x.
    Erin Sughroue of the Demons will be gunning to place again in the high jump. She cleared 5-feet to place second at regionals.
    “Erin placed third in the high jump last year, and the high jump is going to be tough,” Lenz said, “but if she jumps well, she has a good chance to place there.
     “Going into it, there is one girl that cleared 5-4 at the regional meet and there are seven girls that jumped 5-2 at the regional meet.”
    Summer Wilson, who placed third at regionals at 4-10, is also competing.
    Sophie Shaull placed fourth in the triple jump at regionals  (33-9 1/2).
    “Sophie Shaull placed in the triple jump last year. Hopefully, she’ll get one of her good jumps in,” Lenz said.
    Rebecca Oberley is competing in the discus after finishing fourth (94-1).
    The Demons’ 4x800 relay — Jasmine Estrada, Jessica Eaton, Ashton Moore and Ines Rodriguez — won the regional crown in a time of 10:17.84.
    “The 4x8 has a chance to place after running their best race of the season,” Lenz said. “Hopefully, things will fall into place.
    “I knew they had a chance to win it, but I wasn’t planning on them winning it. I knew they should be in the running for it and they ran well.”
    The 4x100 relay, consisting Johnson, Wilson, Sughroue and Keasha Buckner, qualified for the state meet after registering 50.50 seconds for third place.
    “Our deal there is that we’ve got to run faster than we have run all year and hope some things fall into place,” Lenz said. “Strange things happen in that event. 
    You’ve got false starts, dropped batons and you’ve got all kinds of things that can happen in the 4x1.”