Freshman sensation Kaniya Johnson led the Timberwolves to their best finish in school history at the State Track and Field Meet on Saturday. The Girls’ 26 points put them in 11th place, eclipsing the previous best of 13th place set in 2011. The WKHS Girls placed higher than any other team in Region 5-5A.
Johnson began the day with a State Championship in the 100M Dash, breaking her own school record with a blazing time of 11.66 seconds. That time ranks second in all of SC and 38th in the nation. She followed that performance with a fourth place showing in the 400M , clocking in at 56.03. Johnson again broke her own school record in the next event, the 200M Dash, as she ran a 24.02 en route to a very close second place finish.
The final event of the day saw Johnson anchor the 4x400M relay team. Running lead-off was sophomore Shai-la Chaplin, follower by Senior Alaina Monaco, who handed off to Junior Kaliyah Clary. All four runners turned in solid performances as the team ran a 4:01.65 and finished in sixth place in the 5A Meet. This team was also the sixth fastest of ALL SC teams this season.
The lone Timberwolf in the Boys’ Meet was freshman TJ Peebles in the 400M hurdles, widely regarded as the most demanding event in high school track and field. Peebles proved that his trip to the State Meet was well-deserved as he finished in seventh place. He was the lone freshman in the field and is No. 3 all-time at White Knoll.