Prep Athletes of the Week: Lauryn Taylor & Willie Johnson

Lauryn Taylor, McCluer North - Girls Track and Field

The junior sprinter was one of the top performers at last weekend’s Missouri Class 5 state track and field championships in Jefferson City.

Taylor won three state championship medals last week in the sprints for the Stars. She won the state title in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.97 seconds. She also anchored the Stars to state championships in the 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays.

As a sophomore in 2018, Taylor earned All-State honors as she finished fourth in the 100 at the state championships.

Willie Johnson, East St. Louis - Boys Track and Field

The standout junior sprinter enjoyed a big performance in leading the Flyers to the Illinois Class 2A state championship in Charleston.

Johnson took home two gold medals from last week’s state meet. He won the state title in the 400-meter dash in a time of 47.65 seconds. He also anchored the Flyers’ 4x400-meter relay team to a state title in a time of 3 minutes 18.13 seconds.

Johnson also took home a third All-State medal when he finished in fifth place in the 200-meter dash.

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