Dillard’s Chris Johnson capped his high school career by running his way into the record books.
The senior speedster not only defended both of his individual state titles from a season ago but ran the fastest 200-meter dash in state history in the process.
Johnson, as a result, also repeated as the Miami Herald’s Broward Boys Track and Field Player of the Year.
Just how dominant was Johnson at state?
Let’s start with his record-setting performance in the 200. He crossed the line in 20.40 seconds, beating the state record previously held by American Heritage’s Anthony Schwartz in 2018 by one-hundredth of a second.
It was nearly a half-second faster than his closet competition in Class 3A (Somerset Academy’s Kaj Baker was the runner-up at the meet with a time of 20.89) and 0.17 seconds faster than anyone over the four classifications during the state meet at the University of North Florida (Creekside junior Christian Miller won the event in Class 4A with a 20.57).
Earlier in the meet, Johnson also defended his title in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.25 seconds, two-tenths of a second faster than when he won the race last season.
Johnson also ran the leadoff leg for Dillard’s 400-meter relay team that finished third and the second leg for the 800-meter relay that finished sixth.
Combine the performance from all four of those events, and Johnson was involved in 28 of Dillard’s 36 points as they finished sixth as a team in Class 3A.
While Johnson shined on the track, his future is on the gridiron. He has already enrolled at the University of Miami for summer classes and will be a running back for the Hurricanes starting this fall.