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Johnson places sixth in 400 hurdles at national meet

Hastings High School student Clayton Johnson earned All-America honors at the USA Track and Field outdoor championships two weeks ago.

Johnson finished sixth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.86 seconds. The meet was held near Houston, Texas.

Johnson and his parents then drove from Houston to Des Moines, Iowa, for the AAU national meet. He qualified for the finals in the 400 hurdles and placed second with a personal best time of 54.20.

“He was last or near last most of the race, but his ability to finish strong once again proved to be his strength by passing most of the field in the home stretch,” his mother Amy Johnson said. “

In the 110 hurdles, Johnson was looking good and started to pull away from the field in his heat when he hit a hurdle and stumbled. He ended up placing 30th.

Johnson competed in the 4x400 relay, too. He had a 51-second split, but his team did not make the finals.

Johnson’s sister, Reilly, a sixth-grader at HMS, competed at the AAU meet, too. She just completed her second track season, where she placed second in the conference in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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