Mount Pleasant Track Club has 10 All-Americans
The Mount Pleasant Track Club returned home this week with All-American honors in 10 events after competing in the USA Track and Field Junior Olympic Nationals at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
In order to earn All-American honors, an athlete must finish in the top eight in the nation, and several athletes led by Kenny Waring were honored.
Waring was an All-American in three events, finishing fourth in the Intermediate (15-16) 100-meter dash with a time of 11.04 seconds; fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.10; and sixth in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 10 inches.
In 100-meter qualifying, he had times of 10.77 and 10.88.
Sarah Lee, also competing in the Intermediate division, tied for first in the pole vault, clearing 12 feet, 4 inches, but was awarded second based on misses.
Other All-Americans included Christopher Corgill, Bantam (9-10), sixth in javelin with a toss of 98-1; Liam Christensen, Youth (13-14), sixth in javelin with a toss of 134-6; Scott Sawyer, Youth (13-14), eighth in pole vault, clearing 10-0.
Also, A.J. Gawryluk, Intermediate, fourth in 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:08.23; Anna Fairy, Young Women (17-18), sixth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 11:16.6; and Dez Venning, Young Men (17-18), fourth in discus with a toss of 168-0.
Mount Pleasant Track Club coach Tami Dennis said the diversity of events in which her athletes performed well was especially gratifying. She said the team has become more well-rounded.
“This was by far our best season to date,” Dennis said. “We knew after the Regionals that we had the potential to do very well at nationals. ... The athletes really stepped it up with huge PRs (personal records). I could not have been more proud. Our goal as a team is to do your best, and that they did.”
The team had 25 athletes qualify for the nationals.
In Sub-Bantam (8-under), Ginger Arnold was ninth in javelin with 46-9; Caleb Boykins was 19th in 1,500 with a time of 6:00.61; Xavier Wright was 19th with 18-1; and Troy Cocco was 27th in javelin with 13.64 meters.
In Bantam (9-10), Jayla Grant was 12th in shot with a heave of 6.74 meters; Chloe Berda was 14th in javelin with 19.63 meters; Ethan Cocco was 18th in javelin with a toss of 24.68 meters; Peyton Moore was 21st in javelin with a toss of 23.56 meters; and Christopher Corgill was 27th in high jump, clearing 3-5.
In the Midget (11-12) age group, Noah Spencer was 32nd in both the 1,500 (5:08.62) and 3,000 (11:47.17), while James Corgill was 38th in the long jump at 4.27 meters.
In the Youth (13-14) division, Maggie Henderson finished 18th in javelin with a toss of 26.94 meters; Evan Bailey was 10th in pole vault, clearing 9-0; Sam Lemon cleared 8-6 and was 15th in pole vault; Worth Burnette was 16th at 8-0 in pole vault; Scott Sawyer was 15th in high jump, clearing 5-5; Ann Poulnot was 13th in pole vault at 7-7; and Hampton Harvin was 22nd with a high jump of 6-3.
Caitlin Corgill finished 38th in the Intermediate (15-16) high jump at 4-7.