Mount Pleasant’s Christensen wins javelin national championship

  • Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MPTC’s Liam Christensen earned first in the boys 15-16 javelin. BRIAN FANCHER


Mount Pleasant's Liam Christensen captured the gold medal in the 15-16 year-old boys javelin throw at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympic Outdoor Championship last week in Humble, Texas.

Christensen' final attempt sailed 57.81 meters, claiming first place by a half-meter and earning Mount Pleasant Track Club (MPTC) its first national championship.

Including Christensen, MPTC garnered All-American honors in seven events.

Omega Smalls earned third (2.05m) in the boys 17-18 high jump. Jayla Grant set a new personal record with her fifth throw to take third (11.27m) in the girls 11-12 shot-put. Zeniyah Lawrence finished fourth (12.3 seconds) in the girls 13-14 100-meter dash. Troy Cocco took sixth (30.70) in the boys 9-10 javelin. Ethan Cocco placed seventh (39.48) in the boys 11-12 javelin, and Chloe Berda earned eighth (30.78) with a new personal best in the girls 11-12 javelin.

Also competing for MPTC were:

8U: Nick Welborn (javelin-12th), Alison Kirsling (shot-26th)

9-10: Ginger Arnold (javelin-25th), Ally Dominiak (shot-30th)

11-12: Ethan Cocco (shot-29th; discus-23rd), Georgia Arnold (javelin-15th), Dylan Bouchelle (javelin-29th; 3,000m-31st), Ziaire Coker (long jump-23rd), Jessica Rumrill (high jump-16th), Chloe Berda (1,500m-43rd)

13-14: Colton Green (pole vault-12th), Chandler Robinson (100mH-24th), Elijah Bull (100mH-36th; high jump-23rd), Haley Baker (triple jump-28th; high jump-18th), Luke Pauldine (javelin-16th), Jaxen Salam (javelin-34th), Zeniyah Lawrence (long jump-13th), Colin Baker (3,000m-14th)

15-16: Jacob Wilkins (hammer-14th), Kristin Fairey (800-23rd; 1,500m-12th), Caleb Anderson (high jump-31st), Eileen Stribling (discus-27th), Madison Salam (high jump-19th), Maggie Henderson (javelin-10th), Raena Burns (javelin-25th)

17-18: Jonathan Ray (shot-32nd), Kendall Mercer (pole vault-32nd), Adele Blalock (pole vault-35th), Callie McLean (javelin-37th)

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