WS Roadrunners Coach
Lynette Johnson is a graduate of Appalachian State University (ASU), where she was a member of the Women�s Track & Field team. She participated in sprinting events: 100M, 200M, 400M, 4 X 100M Relay, and 4 X 400M Relay, and was inducted into Appalachian State�s Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2009. She is compassionate about the sport of track & field, and continues to stay involved by coaching and mentoring young athletes. She is also a current board member of the Former Athletes Association at ASU.
In summer of 2012, Lynette served as the athletic director for a local AAU youth summer track program, who finished the season as the regional and state champions in North Carolina
WS Roadrunners Coach
Marcus L. Sutton was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and attended North
Forsyth School. Track became an integral part of his life, since he was very young. He
started running track at age twelve for the Winston-Salem Roadrunners Track Club.
His primary events included the 100, 200, and both the Long and Triple Jumps
respectfully. He also competed in the 4x100 meter relay. He achieved several national
honors while competing for the RoadRunners. During his high school days, Sutton was
a two sport athlete competing on the football field, as well as the indoor and outdoor
tracks. As a member of the football team, he excelled as a defensive back and slot
receiver. He later attended the University of South Carolina where he received his
degree in Criminal Justice and competed on the Gamecock track team. Below is a snap
shot of his accomplishments during his athletic career:
Awards & Sporting Positions
1986 � Piedmont Junior Track and Field Most Outstanding Male
1987 � Football, Athlete of the Month, August
1988 � Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year
1988 � North Carolina State Champion �Triple Jump, School Record 49�11
1989 � Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year
1989 � North Forsyth Coach�s Award - Athlete of the Year
1989 � Forsyth County Champion � Long Jump, Triple Jump and 100 meter Dash
1989 � High School All American, #1 Ranked Triple Jumper, High School Track & Field
1989 � North Forsyth Hall of Fame Inductee � Sports Hall of Fame
1991 � Member of the 4x100 meter relay ranked 6th in the world
1992 � All South Eastern Conference � Long /Triple Jump
1993 � All South Eastern Conference � Long/Triple Jump
1993 � USC Block C Club � Ring of Honor
As a youth, Linell Johnson was a former athlete for Virgil Simpson. Coach Simpson, Coach Penn, and many others contributed to Linell loving the sport of Track and Field. Their persistence, compassion for helping youth, and commitment to the sport of Track Field spilled over into Linell and sparked him to become a part of the Roadrunners Track Club.
Melissia Sutton is a licensed Special Education teacher, certified in CPR and first aid, as well as a certified Special Olympics coach.
She is a graduate of Appalachian State University where she competed as a track and field athlete in the 400m, 4x400m relay, and high jump. She has coached on the high school level and helped lead the team to a state championship.
On the track, he is a 1987 graduate of North forsyth High School. Harvey joined The Winston Salem Roadrunners as an athlete at age 13, where he found guidance from the many coaches that volunteered their time to help the youth in poor neighborhoods. After High School, Harvey studied at Winston Salem State University for a year before transferring to Appalachian State University to continue his studies and run track.
At Appalachian, he was a pure sprinter with the 55M and 100M dash as his best events. Harvey was a part of the team that won several conference meets from 89-91.
Graduate of USMC Communication Electronics School, Graduate of Penn State University with a BS in Information Technology and MSc in Information Systems. I have worked in the IT field for over 14 years and currently employed with the largest bedding manufacturer in the world serving as a Sr. Infrastructure Solutions Architect. I hold an ISSA Personal Training Certification and working on Youth Agility, Conditioning, Speed, and Strength concentrations. I have been working with youth athletics for 6 years, coaching football, serving as a conditioning coach, and assisting with youth martial arts. I am passionate about physical fitness for youth and understand the great benefits it provides our children inside and outside of the stadium.
As a young child, I watched my older cousin, Mark Attucks, run with the RoadRunners and always wished I could be on the team. It's great that now I can provide my son an opportunity to be a part of the history of a great organization
Kindra Ritzie-Worthy originally from New York, graduated with a B.S. in Criminal Justice from S.U.N.Y Brockport. During which she was a triple-threat athlete her freshman and sophomore year, which she played soccer, basketball and track. During her college years, she became a well accomplished student-athlete, attaining freshman and sophomore student-athlete of the year, while helping her soccer and basketball teams win ECAC�s. Her junior and senior year she decided to focus completely on indoor/outdoor track and became an accomplished 400 meter runner and multi-eventer. After graduating, she relocated to Winston-Salem, NC and ventured into her passion of coaching Track & Field. With a 16 year history of mentoring and developing youth, she decided that she wanted to further student�s emotional, personal, social and academic development. Therefore she earned her Master�s in School Counseling, while working toward completion of her Ph.D.; she currently serves as a School Counselor for the WSFCS.
Children are our future, and it does take a village to raise them. That is why she is proud to be member of an organization that encompasses all of these attributes.