Solathus Johnson, son of Shanita Beech, is a junior at Franklin High School and this week’s Athlete of the Week.
He is a member of the Varsity Track & Field Team and competes in sprints and mid-distance races. This season, he was in the top five for the 400 meter and the 4×400 meter races. He is also a State medalist.
Johnson said he first discovered his love for running in elementary school, where he won the fall and spring mile runs in kindergarten. He said, “From then on I would spend time running at recess on the track. They didn’t want to play freeze tag against me.”
When asked what inspires him to train and compete he said that realizing his sprinting potential when he was in eighth grade propelled him forward.
One of his biggest role models is Jackie Robinson, a professional baseball player who was the first African American to ever play Major League Baseball.
“Being the first African American to play Major League Baseball… his accomplishments were barrier-breaking,” Johnson said.
FHS Head Track Coach Jaimie Carolan said of Johnson, “He led the team to a second place finish at Scott Hartman, won the 400 meter and came in a very close second in the 200 with a new personal best. He works very hard and helps lead the sprinters every day! He makes sure to do everything he can to get himself to the next level of competition.”
After graduating from FHS, he plans to get a Division I scholarship to run track in college and eventually run track at a professional level.