charles Johnson III
Cheney High School, Cheney, WA
Class of 2018
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I didn’t start competing in track and field until high school. Before that, it was all football. I started football in 5th grade in the Pop Warner youth program. I play some defensive positions, but mainly I am a running back. The reason I began running track was to get faster for football, and it has helped a lot. I used to get tackled quite often during games, but since doing track at a high level I have become one of those running backs who almost never gets tackled! In the meantime, I’ve become a successful track athlete, competing in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. I was an All-American in the 4x400 meter relay in 2016. In my Junior year, I was on the State championship 4x400 relay and placed second in the State in the 100 and 200 meters. My boys team won the 2017 2A State Title. My favorite event is the 4x100, where I run the anchor leg. What I like about the anchor leg is knowing that three other people are counting on me to get the stick home. It’s similar to football, because when the quarterback throws the ball its like getting the stick, and its my job is to score.
I hope to study mathematics and sports medicine in college, and to play collegiate football and run track. My career role model is Dr. Dru Lopez, a sports medicine chiropractor who’s treated me and my teammates. I hope some day to be able to be in a profession where I help keep elite athletes healthy and help them to be more efficient and injury free.