By Matt Hill
It was a long wait, but Johnson County now has its first Spring Fling representative since 2002.
After five days of waiting to see if Billiot would advance to the state track meet in shot put, she found Saturday night that she will participate in Thursdays meet in Murfreesboro.
Billiot finished third in the East sectional, but her score was good enough to clinch a wild card berth.
Billiot is the first person in eight years to perform in the Spring Fling from JCHS, which was track standout Matt Cornett.
The feat is something that Billiot is very happy about.
This means Ive left my mark at the high school, she said. Johnson County track is on the map. People dont think its a joke anymore. Its not something just for the football players to do.
JCHS Track and Field Coach Matt Bray wasnt surprised the score held up.
Deep down inside I always knew she was going to make it, Bray said. She has thrown even better in the past than her performance at the sectionals. I just had a feeling about it and I am just ecstatic about it. She earned it because of her hard work and I couldnt ask for a better ending for her to go to state.
Bray has very high expectations for Billiot. He even thinks if the cards fall right she could become Johnson Countys first state champion.
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