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Athlete Spotlight: Savannah Johnson

by Amanda Wiseman, Reporter

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Racing past the screaming fans, her head is spinning and her lungs are burning. Who would have known that there is so much more to running than what we see.

Savannah Johnson, a varsity cross country runner at Palo Verde High School, shares her story and the passion she has for her sport. Only being a junior, she has accomplished and achieved many goals and desires throughout her running career. She has many opportunities and a bright future.

Savannah was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. She lives with her mom, dad, brother and two dogs. She is very passionate about her family and friends because they inspire and motivate her every day. She is a very social girl and loves meeting new people.

“Training and working hard every day has been a big key to my success,” stated Savannah Johnson, “ my coach and parents have helped me with my training so much and have gotten me so far.”

Training every day and having no off days has helped her improve tremendously. Whether it’s from drills, strides, speed workouts or long distance runs, she always gets her work  done. Also, having a great team around helps her stay motivated and confident.

“My team has lots of passion and always stay so positive; I always look forward to seeing them every day,” said Savannah. She has proven to herself and others that working hard and staying positive will get you great places, even to the finish line of a race!

Emma Wahlenmaier, another senior varsity cross country runner for Palo, has been a big impact on Savannah’s running as well.

“She inspired me to keep on running and pushing when I felt like giving up. She is a great athlete on the field, but an even better friend,” quotes Savannah.

Emma has set record times not only for the school, but for the state. She influenced Savannah’s running career in many ways; as a runner  you must try to stay positive and motivated at all times.

“The faster you run, the faster you’re done.”

Next time you see a runner, think about what’s going on in their mind and how hard they train and push themselves every day. After all, their sport is your sport’s punishment!

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