Tyler Johnson, a senior member of Priceville High’s cross country team, signs a letter of intent to run for the University of West Alabama. Seated with him are his parents, Heath and Lucinda Johnson. Standing, from left, are his grandfather, William Harbuck, principal Mark Mason and PHS head track coach Pam Wilson.
Tyler Johnson, a senior member of Priceville High’s cross country team, signs a letter of intent to run for the University of West Alabama. Seated with him are his parents, Heath and Lucinda Johnson. Standing, from left, are his grandfather, William Harbuck, principal Mark Mason and PHS head track coach Pam Wilson.

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Johnson signs cross country scholarship with UWA

Published 12:03pm Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Priceville High School cross country runner Tyler Johnson has signed a grant in aide to run for the University of West Alabama.

The signing took place in the school library Mon., Feb. 10. On hand to offer the athlete congratulations and best wishes were his teammates, coaches, family members, administrators and friends. A reception followed.

Johnson has run competitively since he was an elementary school student and has competed for Priceville High’s varsity track team for six years. He won fifth place at the Class 1A-4A Alabama cross country championships in 2013 and earned all-area track honors.

“Competing in cross county on the college level has been a goal of mine since I was a little kid,” Johnson stated. “I played football, baseball and basketball, too, through my sophomore year. That’s when I decided to give them up to concentrate on running. I’m glad I did because it has paid off.”

Johnson said he runs five or more miles every day to stay on top of his game.

“I’m really looking forward to college,” he pointed out. “I’ll be running cross country as well as 800, 1600 and 3200 meter events with the track and field team. But first I want to continue to improve and have a good senior season.”

An honor student, Johnson plans to major in industrial engineering. He is the son of Heath and Lucinda Johnson of Priceville and the eldest of four brothers.

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