Johnson wins bronze medal at World Youth Championships

Over the weekend, Brandee’ Johnson (Suffolk, Va.) ran herself onto the awards podium with her third place finish in the 400m hurdles at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Columbia.  Johnson was joined by a pair of Western Branch teammates - Amanda Thomas (Chesapeake, Va.) and Micaiah Harris (Virginia Beach, Va.) as the other Virginia association members at the championships.

Johnson a rising senior at Nansemond River High School ran a lifetime best of 57.47 to earn the bronze medal behind fellow American Sydney McLaughlin and Xahria Santiago of Canada. Her time in Cali makes her the 2nd fastest Virginia high school performer ever behind the 56.82 by Sheena Johnson from 2000. Furthermore, she is now the #15 performer on the all-time U.S. list. 

Johnson’s bronze medal is her second in international competition in the past 11 months - at last year’s Youth Olympic Games she placed third in the 200m.  

Thomas, 16, the Virginia 6A 800m champion, ran 2:10.41 in the 1st round of the 800m but missed advancing to the semi-finals.

Harris, 16, ran 10.72 in the 1st round to advance to the semi-finals.  In the semi-finals he ran a lifetime best of 10.67 but was not able to advance to the finals. 

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