Outstanding Student Athlete: Mishawaka's Paishence Johnson
Pacience Johnson's parents must have some sense of humor. The sophomore sprinter doesn't hide her feelings on speed.
"I just want to do everything faster." said Johnson, "Its just a natural thing for me to do everything fast."
And so far in her high school track career, she has. Johnson set the Mishawaka school record in the 200 meter dash last year as a freshman, and this season in the first outdoor meet of the season, she did it again. Paishence set a new mark in the 200 as well as the 100 meter dash, proving once again, she doesn't know the meaning of patience.
It's exciting and I know that I'm not done with all the records." said Johnson, "I know that there are more to come. I'm not gonna give up just yet."
Even before she set foot outside on the track, her coach knew she was faster
"The eye ball test told me she was faster." said Mishawaka track head coach Chris Kowalewski, "When we got to the indoor meet and she started running those 60's and running much faster. it was like, this is going to be fun."
Paishence is hoping the fun leads her to the podium at the IHSAA state track meet just nine weeks from now.
"I am definitely trying to make it to state this year because last year I placed fourth in regionals and it was a close race so I'm just really wanting to get to state this year." said Johnson.