Maggie Johnston Claims First in Discus at GHSA State Meet

ALBANY, Ga. – 2014 was a good year for Maggie Johnston.

After all, she finished second in the GHSA Class-A Girls Discus throw, recording a toss of 114’10.

But now a year older and wiser, Johnston can consider 2015 great.

Her throw of 133’2 at the GHSA Class-A State Meet earned her the state title and set a new personal and school record.

“We are so happy for Maggie,” FPD head coach John Griffin said. “She worked hard to get to this point and it paid off for her. She’s a multi-sport athlete and to see her succeed brings joy to her teammates and coaching staff.”

Johnston’s throw at state bettered her throw at GHSA Sectionals a week ago by five feet and by eight feet at the Area-1 Meet back in April. Both of those throws were also good for a first place finish.

“It feels really good to come through with the win,” Johnston said. “I kept working hard to get back to state and see all that hard work pay off is really special.”

Today’s performance at the state meet is also good for a new school record. Johnston broke her own record of 133’9 set in a prior event.

Johnston, who also competes for the FPD girls varsity soccer team, is just glad to be competing for her school.

“I’m just happy to be out there competing,” Johnston said. “Not everyone gets to do what we do and I just wanted to make the best of it.”

Johnston joins FPD’s Carson Dingler as a state champion in the 2015 GHSA Class-A Field events. Dingler took first in the girls Class-A pole vault earlier in the day for a second consecutive year.

Check updates in the offseason on the varsity girls track and field team.

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