Johnson signs with University of Missouri track
BELOIT – Beloit High School senior, Sydney Johnson, signed a letter of intent with the University of Missouri Track and Field team on Thursday and will suit up as a Lady Tiger during the upcoming season in the fall. This follows after Johnson's impressive Lady Trojan performance on Tuesday at Smith Center, breaking two school records in the discus at 150 feet and in the shot at 44 feet, 10 inches.
Johnson is a four year undefeated league throwing athlete and currently has the State leading mark for all classes in the shot and the discus with her school record throws on Tuesday. As a freshman, she placed sixth in the discus at state. Johnson won the State Championship title in the discus her sophomore year and placed third in the shot put. She placed fourth in the discus and fifth in the shot put last season as a junior.
"Sydney is a prime example of what hard work and dedication can do," said Beloit Head Coach Ryan Isbell. "She has always strived to do her very best in both academics and athletics and it has really paid off for her. She has such great internal drive that will lead her to success in the future. Sydney has been a great example for others and we wish her the very best as she continues her track and field and academic career."
"I am excited to throw at the college level, to find new challenges and to meet new people," said Johnson."I am also excited to attend college classes while majoring in Bio-Chemistry"
With her major, Johnson plans to graduate and to follow in her families footsteps working in a pharmacy or attending medical school."
“Sydney is a great fit for our program here at Missouri," Ross Richardson, Missouri Assistant Throwing Coach said. "She is a very successful three sport athlete, great student and really involved in her school and doing community service. She has already hit some big personal bests in the outdoor season and we are very excited to see her grow as she focuses solely on track when she gets here to Mizzou.”
"It was obviously a stigma choosing to attend school at the University of Missouri, as my family are Kansas University fans, so I was a little skeptical going into it," said Johnson. "After attending an official visit, I had an overwhelming sense of being so welcomed on campus. It felt like the same sense of community in Beloit. I am really blessed to have grown up in Beloit and with such a tradition in field event throwing history, I hope to be a part of that legacy."
"We are thrilled and fortunate to have Sydney joining the team next year," said Missouri Head Coach Brett Halter. "She has a huge upside. Coach Richardson had the opportunity to work with her in camp and was impressed with her work ethic, footwork, ability to learn and receive coaching. We were not at all surprised with her recent marks in both the shot and discus. Hard work does pay off. Sydney is a terrific person and comes from an even better family, and we are lucky to have her.
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