Legacy runner taking state medals, hopes to Texas State

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When Victoria Johnson finished her track career at Legacy, she had a silver and bronze medal to show for it, but the best may still be ahead for the hurdler.

Johnson, who goes by Tori, recently signed to run track for Texas State where she plans to continue her time on the track and be a part of additional championship teams for the Bobcats.

Texas State recently won both the indoor and outdoor Western Athletic Conference (WAC) track championships.

In an event in which Johnson felt she couldn’t win a state championship, the 100m hurdles, a slight clip of a hurdle toward the very end of the race allowed Forney’s Kiana Hawn to just overtake her.

“I got out and was leading her and clipped a hurdle, and there she came,” Johnson said of that race at the state track meet in Austin last month. “I really thought I’d win that race or get second, although of course I wanted to win it.”

The 300m hurdles was her other event, but not her strongest, she said. “I think getting third in the 300 was a little bit of a surprise to me,” Johnson added. “I’m really more of a sprinter.”

At Texas State, Johnson said she’ll compete in the 100m hurdles and bump up to the collegiate distance of the 400m hurdles in addition to possibly competing in relays and the long jump. “I’ve run the 400 before but it’s not my favorite race,” Johnson admitted, but acknowledged she’ll become accustomed to the new distance in time.

“I want to bring my times down and get into the 0:13’s in the 100. If I get my times down, I might also run the 100m (dash) and the 60m in indoor meets,” Johnson said.

Johnson said her high school career was successful in part due to her coaches, including head coach Lacy Beckler and the support of her parents.

“I was able to run at a high level through Coach Beckler, so there shouldn’t be as much a shock going into college,” Johnson said.

Making the decision to run at Texas State in San Marcos was influenced by the ability to continue outstanding coaching. Dana Boone, the head coach at Texas State for two years now, also recently held positions at Oklahoma, LSU, Texas, Tulane, Middle Tennessee and South Carolina.

Boone spent six years at Oklahoma where she coached sprints, hurdles and relays and served as an assistant coach for two seasons before her promotion to associate head women’s coach in 2007.

“Texas State was always one of schools I had considered, and I finally made up my mind after state,” Johnson said. “Coaching was a big part of it and they have really good young coaches. It’s a nice town and that helped,” Johnson said.

Johnson is now training for her summer season as part of the Dallas Gold. Their first meet is June 22, with her Johnson’s goal to compete in the nationals-qualifying meets in order to be able to run at the USA Nationals later this summer.

Texas State coaches coordinate summer workouts with the Dallas Gold staff to make certain Johnson is ready to start her collegiate career with the right foundation.

Johnson said she’ll report to San Marcos on Aug. 9 where they’ll start into off-season training which will keep the pounding down as much as possible.

Johnson plans on majoring in Political Science and then plans to find a career in as a political commentator.

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