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Chiefs’ Johnson sets personal best, comes away sixth in shot put

COLUMBUS — It only took one throw to put Brenda Johnson on the podium here Saturday at the Division I state track and field meet.

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Bellefontaine’s Brenda Johnson competes in the finals of the girls shot put at the Division I state meet Saturday in Columbus. Johnson placed sixth with a school record throw of 41-10 3/4. (EXAMINER PHOTO | AARON LABATT)

The Chieftain sophomore threw a new personal best and broke her own school record on her first attempt with a heave of 41-10 3/4. That would hold up for a sixth-place finish and make Johnson the first BHS girls thrower to place at the state meet.

“She was perfect,” said BHS throws coach Jim Robinson. “It was everything we talked about and hoped for. She was prepared mentally from the first throw to the last. She had a wonderful series except for one throw that she fouled.”

Nerves at the state meet can rattle even the best throwers. However, Johnson was able to pull off a top-six finish on her very first attempt during the preliminary heat.

“I didn’t expect to get it on my first throw,” said Johnson. “I expected to get it on my second throw or one of my later throws after I was settled in. It took a lot of pressure off of me after that. It feels good, though, to place at the state meet.”

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