Inspired by the spirit of teammate Peyton Moore, the Mount Pleasant Track Club rolled to its ninth straight South Carolina Track and Field Junior Olympics Championship at Winthrop University in Rock Hill last weekend.
In addition to winning the overall title, Mount Pleasant Track Club handily won both the male and female divisions in six age groups and had 146 youths qualify for the regionals next month. Thirty-seven competitors won state championships and four athletes set state records.
“Every kid bought into our team goals and worked hard to achieve them. I could not have been prouder of how our team responded, especially after the devastating loss of one of our own, Peyton Moore,” said coach Tami Dennis. Moore died on June 4 at the age of 9, and Dennis said the rest of the team’s season has been dedicated to Moore.
“A moment of silence was held at the beginning of the meet,” Dennis said. “The kids wanted to do great for Peyton, and they did.”
Mount Pleasant Track Club finished the event with 1,103.5 points, followed by the Greenville Jets with 464.5 points. Summerville was sixth with 293.
Twenty-nine teams competed. Mount Pleasant Track Club won the 11-12 Girls, 11-12 Boys, 13-14 Girls, 13-14 Boys, 15-16 Girls and 15-16 Boys.
State records were set by Mount Pleasant Track Club members: Javelin — Ginger Arnold, 16.80 meters, 8-under girls; High jump — Morgan Arent, 4-2, 9-10 girls; 200 hurdles — Austin Marshall, 27.03, 13-14 boys; and 3,000 meters — Melissa Fairey, 10:45.06, 17-18 girls.
Complete results can be found at usatfsc.org.