Monday, June 30, 2014
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.