Haley Johnson finished her career at Plymouth High School as the only female runner in the area in at least the last 17 years to accomplish two things. First, she broke the 11-minute barrier in the 3,200 — first at the WIAA Division 1 State Meet last year and then again this year — to win state gold in her senior season. Second, she became the only runner in area history to break 5 minutes in the 1,600 with a time of 4:58.60 — good for third place at State. The Sheboygan Press All-Area Athlete of the Year helped lead a strong Panthers showing at State along with fellow seniors Niki Rhyan and Jenni Rathsack. Johnson won the 3,200 on Day 1 while Rhyan took home gold in the 800 on Day 2 in 2:13.80, which is the fastest time in at least 17 years in that event. The trio led Plymouth to a second-place finish as a team, the area's best team finish in Division 1 ever.
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Sheboygan Press All-Area Girls Track & Field Team: Johnson left others in dust Jun 18, 2012