Nate Johnson of Lynnwood clears 5-foot-2 at the Wesco 3A Championships on May 8

Nate Johnson of Lynnwood clears 5-foot-2 at the Wesco 3A Championships on May 8

Lynnwood’s Nate Johnson, a freshman for the Royals, leads the boys track and field team into the future 

EDMONDS – Typically, freshman don’t make an impact at the varsity level, especially at a 3A school. 

I didn’t make it like that, but just typically that’s usually the way it goes. 

But for Nate Johnson, a Colville tribal member, the whole “freshmen don’t make an impact” didn’t really apply to him. 

Johnson has emerged as one of the top athletes for the Lynnwood boys track and field team, competing in a variety of different events. 

This season, Johnson competed in the 100 Meters, 110-meter hurdles, discus, javelin and the high jump. 

Out of the five events, he had the most success in javelin and high jump. 

Johnson placed first three times this season in the high jump, had two second place finishes and didn’t place outside the top seven for all 10 meets in competed in. 

He set his personal record in the high jump April 18 at a league meet where he hit five feet, 10 inches. A week later he brought home another first place finish at the Jac, Lyn and Kam invite. 

Johnson made it all the way to the Wesco 3A South Championships where he would eventually finish sixth at 5-foot four inches. 

He’s in the area where he can go from sixth to second in next year’s Wesco 3A championships. 

Johnson’s second best event would be the javelin as he competed in seven events, with his best finish coming in a league meet on May 3 with his longest throw coming in at (117.0). 

He would go on a week later and set a personal record in the javelin at the Wesco 3A South Championships where he finished 13th with a throw of 120 feet even. 

I got a feeling in the next three years, the Royals boys track team will be somewhat of a threat to the rest of the league. 

Johnson will be a force to be reckon with next year and in the years to come. You never know where your athletic talent can get you, who knows, it could land you a scholarship, paying your way for college. 

A link to Johnson’s track and field profile details the events he competed in, when, where, what he placed and so fourth. 

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