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Johnson gains following with success

April 21, 2005

Casey Johnson has learned success breeds popularity.

It seems De Soto's senior runner can't go anywhere these days without being mobbed by fans and friends.

The craze started last spring when he won the 4A 800-meter run at the Kansas state track meet in Wichita. It continued Friday on that same track at the KT Woodman Invitational.

Not only is he attracting the attention of the high school athletes he competes against, Johnson has even received some calls from coaches. Kansas State University track coach Michael Smith contacted Johnson at one point this season.

"It doesn't seem to phase him," Wildcat co-head coach Chris McAfee said. "Everywhere he goes people are mobbing him. Some of them just want to hang around with him, while others want to know how he has become so successful in such a relatively short period of time. They want to know his secret."

Johnson did nothing to dissuade attention Friday when he won three events in the 3A-4A division of the track meet in Wichita. The De Soto senior won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200.

He started the day by besting a field of 28 runners in the 3,200 by nearly eight seconds without even breaking a sweat.

Johnson's cross-country rival, Jay Lindal of Clearwater, was the nearest competitor after covering the two-mile event in a time of 9 minutes, 51.68 seconds. Johnson broke the tape at 9:43.88.

"He could have run faster," McAfee said. "We had him run just hard enough to win the race. We wanted him to conserve energy, especially in the 3,200 meters since it was the first event of the day."

Johnson was challenged in the 1,600 by El Dorado's Bobby Morton. Johnson finished the race in a time of 4:33.31, while Morton broke the tape in a time of 4:33.62.

In the 800, Johnson edged fellow Frontier League foe Sam Hinton of Baldwin. Johnson finished with a time of 1:58.85 to Hinton's 2:00.99.

Johnson fell short of a fourth gold medal when he finished third in the 400 with a time of 50.98. Wamego sophomore Brigham Diedrich won the event with a clocking of 49.62, while Sterling's Brent Schneider was runner-up at 50.49.

Johnson has become so feared that he draws a sigh of relief from runners when they find out he is not running in an event that they are scheduled to compete in.

"He is the top runner in the state right now," McAfee said. "Other guys run a great time in this race or that race. But he runs well in all of them. I'd take him over anybody. He's in other people's heads."

Johnson had the meet's fastest times in the 800 and 3,200 regardless of class.

Donnie Gardner was the only other Wildcat to score for the boys. The senior finished sixth in the 3,200 when he broke the tape with a time of 10:10.16.

The girls hurdle field was so tough at the meet that Jackie Goleman's school record effort of 16.87 seconds in the 100 netted her a ninth-place finish. But Wildcats hurdle coach Bryan Dinkel assured De Soto fans Goleman was just getting started.

"Jackie is on pace to PR big time in her events," Dinkel said of the sophomore. "She should knock more time off. I think she will get down into the 15's this season."

Goleman's record is even more impressive when you consider that she had already started competing in the high jump when the call came for the 100s. She had to go from the high jump pit to the hurdles and then back.

Goleman eventually cleared the bar at 5-0 in the high jump to place sixth. She finished eighth in the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.60 seconds.

Dinkel said Goleman would be moving from a strength and conditioning phase in her workouts to more of a speed phase. That alone, he said, should reduce her times.

He also predicts that Goleman could clear 5-4 in the high jump this season and may run a time of 47 seconds in the 300 hurdles.

Roxanne Grizzle had the highest finish for the girls. The freshman came away with the second longest throw in the javelin when she whipped it a personal best 127-3.

Melissa Roberts and Morgan Frehe combined to give the Wildcats eight points in the girls 3,200. Roberts broke the 12-minute barrier when she ran the eight laps in a time of 11:49.34. Frehe was fifth at 12:17.59.

Roberts also placed sixth in the 1,600 when she broke the tape at 5:33.55. De Soto received points when the girls 3,200-meter relay placed fifth with a time of 10:23.75.

De Soto will be in action again at 8 a.m. Friday when they travel to Lawrence to compete in the Kansas Relays. Athletes not making the trip to Lawrence will compete in the Cardinal Relays in Eudora beginning at 4 p.m.

KT Woodmen

Boys team standings: 1. Wichita Independent, 71; 2. Clearwater, 69; 3. Baldwin, 46; 4. De Soto, 37; 4. Pratt, 37; 6. Wamego, 33; 7. Concordia, 32; 8. Wichita Collegiate, 31; 9. Garden Plain, 30; 10. Augusta, 24; 10. Circle, 24; 12. El Dorado, 22; 13. Belle Plaine, 18; 14. Scott Community, 11.5; 15. Rose Hill, 10; 15. Mission Valley, 10; 17. Sterling, 9.5; 18. Goodland, 7; 18. Mulvane, 7; 20. Chapman, 6; 20. Cheney, 6; 20. Southeast-Cherokee, 6; 23. Bluestem, 4; 24. Wellington, 2; 24. Iola, 2; 26. Council Grove, 1; 26. Royal Valley, 1; 26. Hesston, 1.

KT Woodman

Top-three boys individuals and De Soto competitors: 100 -- 1. Richard Cairns, Wichita Independent, 11.05, 2. Brigham Diedrich, Wamego, 11.12, 3. Zach Traphagan, Mission Valley, 11.16. 200 -- Richard Cairns, Wichita-Independent, 23.03, 2. Brandon Chapman, Wichita-Independent, 23.25, 3. Scott Buess, Wichita Collegiate, 23.42, 41. Josh Oberhelman, De Soto, 25.68, 45. Devin Tenney, De Soto, 26.02. 400 -- 1. Brigham Diedrich, Wamego, 49.62, 2. Brent Schneider, Sterling, 50.49, 3. Casey Johnson, De Soto, 50.98, 26. Devin Tenney, De Soto, 56.00, 27. Josh Oberhelman, De Soto, 56.07. 800 -- 1. Casey Johnson, De Soto, 1:58.85, 2. Sam Hinton, Baldwin, 2:00.99, 3. Blake Navarrette, Pratt, 2:03.24, 13. Adam Justice, De Soto, 2:09.23, Adam Wilcox, De Soto, 2:25.61. 1600 -- 1. Casey Johnson, De Soto, 4:33.31, 2. Bobby Morton, El Dorado, 4:33.62, 3. Jay Lindal, Clearwater, 4:34.61, 9. Donnie Gardner, De Soto, 4:49.05, 16. Adam Wilcox, De Soto, 4:58.40. 3200 -- 1. Casey Johnson, De Soto, 9:43.88, 2. Jay Lindal, Clearwater, 9:51.68, 3. Keith Cowart, Baldwin, 10:01.63, 6. Donnie Gardner, De Soto, 10:10.16, 11. Tanner McNamara, De Soto, 10:46.18. 110 Hurdles -- 1. Kyle Parsons, Clearwater, 15.12, 2. Logan Mills, Clearwater, 15.45, 3. Joel Laub, Wamego, 15.86, 19. Luke Krehbiel, De Soto, 17.25. 300 Hurdles -- 1. Marc Ramsey, Scott Community, 40.23, 2. Kyle Parsons, Clearwater, 40.60, 3. Will Copeland, Wichita-Independent, 41.98, 23. Luke Krehbiel, De Soto, 45.47. 400 Relay -- 1. Wichita Collegiate, 43.55, 2. Wichita-Independent, 44.68, 3. Baldwin, 44.90. 1600 Relay -- 1. Baldwin, 3:30.56, 2. Clearwater, 3:32.06, 3. Pratt, 3:33.17. 3200 Relay -- 1. Baldwin, 8:23.07, 2. Clearwater, 8:28.44, 3. Southeast-Cherokee, 8:36.24, 11. De Soto, 9:23.85. High Jump -- 1. Alex Pyle, Circle, 6-8, 2. Taylor Dunavan, Belle Plaine, 6-6, 3. Wade Schmidt, Cheney, 6-2. Pole Vault -- 1. Jeremy James, Concordia, 2. Greg Winter, 12-0, 3. Kyle Earhart, Augusta, 12-0. Long Jump -- 1. Vic Johnson, Wichita Collegiate, 22-4, 2. Brandon Chapman, Wichita-Independent, 21-6, 3. Andrew Harris, Pratt, 21-3. Triple Jump -- 1. Brandon Chapman, Wichita-Independent, 45-4 3/4, 2. Matt Koelling, Wamego, 44-10, 3. Andrew Harris, Pratt, 42-9 3/4. Shot Put -- 1. Trevor Stewart, Circle, 54-6, 2. Sean Teter, Garden Plain, 52-9, 3. Jacob Bolton, Mulvane, 51-0, 41. Sam Rhodes, De Soto, 30-10 1/2, 42. Tom Beaver, De Soto, 28-8. Discus -- 1. Wes Myers, Augusta, 157-11, 2. Sean Teter, Garden Plain, 156-10, 3. Landon Bryan, El Dorado, 150-9, 30. Tom Beaver, De Soto, 81-8, 31. Sam Rhodes, De Soto, 75-2. Javelin -- 1. Harry Ruzicka, Wichita-Independent, 177-6, 2. Myles Jennings, Garden Plain, 176-1, 3. Bret Jarmin, Goodland, 173-4.

KT Woodman

Girls team standings: 1. Concordia, 94; 2. Garden Plain, 57; 3. Wichita-Independent, 48; 4. Wichita Collegiate, 46; 5. Clay Center, 35; 6. Clearwater, 31; 7. El Dorado, 30; 8. Colby, 25; 9. Pratt, 22; 10. Iola, 21; 11. De Soto, 20; 12. Cheney, 18; 13. Wellington, 17; 13. Mulvane, 17; 15. Baldwin, 14; 16. Circle, 12; 17. Andover, 11; 18. Southeast-Cherokee, 10; 19. Hesston, 8; 20. Maranatha, 6; 20. Perry-Lecompton, 6; 22. Wamego, 5; 23. Royal Valley, 4; 24. Scott Community, 1.

KT Woodman

Top-three girls individuals and De Soto competitors: 100 -- 1. Brittany Stevenson, Pratt, 12.95, 2. Ashley Bell, Wichita Collegiate, 13.00, 3. Andrea Barker, Colby. 200 -- 1. Sierra Gant, Wichita-Independent, 26.76, 2. Lynnsey Nichols, Wichita-Independent, 27.39, 3. Katie Robben, Garden Plain, 27.56, 16. Jackie Goleman, De Soto, 28.84, 24. Carrie Wilbert, De Soto, 29.91, 26. Lauren Karnitz, De Soto, 30.18. 400 -- 1. Katie Robben, Garden Plain, 1:00.52, 2. Blair Vignery, Concordia, 1:00.97, 3. Megan Turner, Mulvane, 1:01.10, 20. Lauren Karnitz, De Soto, 1:08.38, 23. Carrie Wilbert, De Soto, 1:09.28. 800 -- 1. Annie Martin, Clay Center, 2:21.72, 2. Laura Nightengale, El Dorado, 2:22.02, 3. Mallory Champa, Clearwater, 2:24,73, 8. Melissa Roberts, De Soto, 2:30.60, 16. Lauren Karnitz, De Soto, 2:37.45, 35. Katie James, De Soto, 2:45.26. 1600 -- 1. Mallory Champa, Clearwater, 5:16.30, 2. Amy Pierson, Clay Center, 5:19.71, 3. Heather Garcia, Baldwin, 5:21.58, 6. Melissa Roberts, De Soto, 5:33.55, 7. Carrie Wilbert, De Soto, 5:44.46. 3200 -- 1. Mallory Champa, Clearwater, 11:04.62, 2. Heather Garcia, Baldwin, 11:26.38, 3. Melissa Roberts, De Soto, 11:49.34, 5. Morgan Frehe, De Soto, 12:17.59. 100 Hurdles -- 1. Witney Sorell, Concordia, 16.09, 2. Sarah Jeanne Mitchell, Wellington, 16.35, 3. Libby Connell, El Dorado, 16.48, 9. Jackie Goleman, De Soto, 16.87. 300 Hurdles -- 1. Jocelyn Forshee, Concordia, 48.39, 2. Jaymee Cummins, Southeast-Cherokee, 48.91, 3. Shelby Hillman, Cheney, 48.92, 8. Jackie Goleman, De Soto, 50.60. 400 Relay -- 1. Wichita-Independent, 51.22, 2. Pratt, 51.96, 3. Perry-Lecompton, 52.10. 1600 Relay -- 1. Garden Plain, 4:12.45, 2. Wichita-Independent, 4:13.04, 3. Clay Center, 4:13.77. 3200 Relay -- 1. El Dorado, 9:56.37, 2. Garden Plain, 10:11.79, 3. Iola, 10:13.11, 5. De Soto, 10:23.75. High Jump -- 1. Emily Middleton, Iola, 5-4, 2. Sarah Jeanne Mitchell, Wellington, 5-0, 3. Dana Champlin, Concordia, 5-0, 6. Jackie Goleman, De Soto, 5-0. Pole Vault -- 1. Michelle Mitchell, Garden Plain, 11-6, 2. Abby James, Concordia, 10-0, 3. Kaitlyn Conner, Maranatha, 10-0. Long Jump -- 1. Ashley Bell, Wichita Collegiate 16-11 1/2, 2. Jennifer Schmidt, 16-0 3/4, 3. Lynnsey, Nichols, Wichita-Independent, 15-11 1/4. Triple Jump -- 1. Ashley Bell, Wichita Collegiate, 35-10, 2. Abby James, Concordia, 34-1, 3. Whitney Becker, Mulvane, 33-11. Shot Put -- 1. Kayla Smith, Concordia, 43-4, 2. Kate Schaake, Wichita Collegiate, 42-4, 3. Ashley Watkins, Cheney, 17. Roxanne Grizzle, De Soto, 31-9, 20. Christina Davis, De Soto, 30-11, 23. Becca Davis, De Soto, 29-11. Discus -- 1. Kate Schaake, Wichita Collegiate, 139-3, 2. Lissa Mazanec, Colby, 122-11, 3. Josie Mark, Concordia, 118-2, 11. Roxanne Grizzle, De Soto, 101-2, 14. Christina Davis, De Soto, 97-00, 21. Becca Davis, De Soto, 85-4. Javelin -- 1. Kelsey Loop, Circle, 136-2, Roxanne Grizzle, De Soto, 127-3, 3. Dana Champlin, Concordia, 126-3, 12. Sarah Lambert, De Soto, 96-9.

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