orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

June 25, 2013

Johnson, Reed excel in summer track action

Van Wade
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Former West Orange-Stark standout trackster Brandon Johnson continues to have “Blazing” speed, that was never more evident than last weekend when he qualified for the American World Championship Team.

Johnson ran a time of 1 minute, 43.97 seconds in the 800 to finish third overall to qualify. It was his best time ever in the 800. He pushed the first two runners to the limit. Duane Solomon won the event with a 1:43.27 and Nick Symmonds was second with a 1:43.70.

Johnson was a standout trackster at UCLA where he performed well in the 400 hurdles and on the 1,600 relay team.

Johnson was a state champion for the Mustangs back in 2003 when he won the 400 meters.



Reed excels

University of Alabama freshman thrower Hayden Reed of Orange won the discus on Thursday at the 2013 USA Track & Field Junior Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, with a winning throw of 206 feet, 2 inches.

Reed, a LC-M graduate, made his winning effort on his only legal throw of the day, easily outpacing the field. Reed, who redshirted at Alabama during the 2013 indoor and outdoor seasons, earned a spot on the U.S. National Team that will compete in the upcoming World Junior Championships to be held August 23-25 in Medellin, Colombia.

Reed was the 2012 Orange Leader Male Athlete of the Year.