MPTC wins 10th straight state title

  • Monday, June 30, 2014

Mount Pleasant Track Club won its 10th consecutive state title at the USATF S.C. Junior Olympics. PROVIDED

Mount Pleasant Track Club (MPTC) won its 10th consecutive state championship at the USA Track and Field (USATF) South Carolina Junior Olympics June 13-15 at Dough Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

MPTC tallied 1,537 points through the three-day meet. Florence finished second with 523 team points, Team Blaze third with 439, Myrtle Beach fourth with 414.5 and Summerville fifth with 276.5 in the 30-team field.

MPTC earned 44 individual state championships and set five new state records. Zeniyah Lawrence set a new 13-14 girls 200-meter dash record at 25.27 seconds, and a new 13-14 girls long-jump mark at 5.08 meters. Colin Baker set a new 13-14 boys 3,000-meter record at 9:27.81. Jayla Grant broke the 11-12 girls shot-put record by more than a meter with a toss of 10.56. Liam Christensen set a new 15-16 boys javelin record at 53.55.

MPTC advanced 159 athletes to the USATF region meet July 3-6 in Rock Hill, South Carolina to compete with the best of Georgia and Florida. The top five from each event earn a bid to USATF Nationals July 21-27 in Houston, Texas.

“This was our biggest team to date, with over 317 kids on the team roster,” MPTC coach Tami Dennis said. “Every year I talk about this being our best team, but this year’s team beat every goal we set for them, winning the state championship by the widest margin ever. I could not be more proud of this team and their accomplishments.”

MPTC individual state champions

8U girls: Julia Olmo 1,500 meter.

8U boys: Henry Goldsmith 800 meter, Kai Murdock shot put, Nick Welborn javelin.

9-10 girls: Ginger Arnold javelin, Ally Dominiak shot-put.

9-10 boys: Troy Cocco javelin, Jacob Ashley shot-put.

11-12 girls: Chloe Berda 800 meter, Jayla Grant shot-put, Jayla Grant discus, Morgan Arent high jump.

11-12 boys: Andrew De Arellano 1,500 meter, Dylan Bouchelle 3,000 meter, Ethan Cocco discus, Ziaire Coker long jump.

13-14 girls: Chandler Robinson 100-meter hurdles, Zeniyah Lawrence 100 meter, 200 meter and long jump, Kate Kuisel 800 meter and 1,500 meter, Haley Baker triple jump.

13-14 boys: Jack Carson 200-meter hurdles, Colin Baker 1,500 meter and 3,000 meter, Jaxen Salam shot-put, Mac Hunter discus.

15-16 girls: Emma Hughes 400-meter hurdles, Kristin Fairey 800 meter and 1,500 meter, Madison Salam high jump, Raena Burns pole vault, Maggie Henderson javelin.

15-16 boys: Austin Marshall 400-meter hurdles, Liam Christensen javelin, Jacob Wilkins hammer throw.

17-18 girls: Mads Nelson 1,500 meter.

17-18 boys: Aidan Hekker 110-meter hurdles, Scott Stroman 800 meter, AJ Gawryluk 1,500 meter, 3,000 meter, Kenny Waring long jump, Omega Smalls high jump.

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