By Danny Hirt —
It’s been said that lightning never strikes the same place twice.
For Heritage School’s Chad Johnson, however, the number of strikes is more like four times.
Last week, Johnson picked up his fourth consecutive pole vaulting gold medal during the TAPPS 1A track and field championships held on the Baylor University campus in Waco.
In 2011, Johnson’s freshman year, he took home the crown with a height of nine feet even. From there, he improved every year — to 11 feet in 2012 and 13 feet in 2013 — until he reached the heavens with a vault that registered 14’6”.
Suffering from a high ankle sprain he’d suffered in the past few weeks, Johnson was not able to prepare himself physically the way he’d have liked. “A lot of the time I just visualized,” Johnson said. This type of practice, while not recommended, actually allowed Johnson to improve his form.