Landry Johnston looks comfortable when ushering players around on the soccer pitch. Johnston is a senior at Legend High School and the student body president, so it is not surprising to see her …
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Landry Johnston looks comfortable when ushering players around on the soccer pitch.
Johnston is a senior at Legend High School and the student body president, so it is not surprising to see her leading and making decisions from her defensive center-back position during soccer matches.
“I actually think soccer is a little bit tougher in decision-making,” said Johnston. “You don't have time to think about it. You do think about it but you only have a split second to do so.”
Johnston competed on the cross country team in the fall plus the track and soccer teams during the spring but still manages to have time to be a student government leader.
“Time management is the key,” she admitted. “I'm a real detailed planner.”
She is quick to point out there are differences between soccer, student government, cross country and track.
“The difference is, I don't have to plan the reunion,” added Johnston. “I can quit during a game. I can't quit during a race.”
After nine games this year and 16 last season, she has one assist for the soccer team. In the April 6 Legend Track Clash, Johnston led the team by turning in a 2:33.52 in the 800 meters and a 5:46.50 in the 1,600 meters.
`She's positive, always giving of herself and that's why she's a captain of our group. She's not always the most technical person or not always going to be the best player on the field but because of her heart she gives everything to her team and the team listens to her. She is just a natural leader. She never stops or gives up on a play.'
Legend girls soccer coach
Q&A with Landry Johnston
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
Brie Oakley because she is just like me. She played soccer and transferred over to running. She's an inspiration for me.
What or who motivates you most to excel in sports?
Lucy Roberts. She is also on my team, does both and she just really inspires me to do what I want to do.
What would be a perfect performance in soccer?
I like shutouts but shutouts that you really had to work hard to keep. So not like an easy shutout but a harder one.
What is your favorite class in school and why?
Probably math because it challenges me the most.
What do you like to do away from sports and school?
Hiking and skiing with my friends.
What are your plans after high school?
I will probably either attend CU-Boulder or Texas Christian University. I haven't decided yet. I will probably do some club sport and might try to walk on to the cross country team.
What is your feeling on the United States National Women's Soccer team suing for equal play with the men?
If they are not getting paid the same as the men's team and they are performing just as well, they should be getting paid the same.
Do you have any routines or habits before a game or meet?
Right before the whistle or the gun in both cross country and soccer, I have to jump three times and shake my right ankle and left ankle.
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