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Mount Pleasant Track Club cross country excels at state, region meets

The Mount Pleasant Track Club Cross Country team recently competed in the USATF state championships on Nov. 12, qualifying them for the USATF region meet the weekend of Nov. 19.

At the state meet, the MPTC dominated the competition, winning all eight team divisions they competed in, including 8 and under girls/boys, 9-10 girls/boys, 11-12 girls/boys and the 13-14 girls/boys.

MPTC had four individual state champions: Lula Scanlon (8 and under girl), McLain Griffin (8 and under boy), Lydia Scanlon (9-10 girl) and Ty Allenspach (11-12 boy).

All of the 132 athletes competing for MPTC qualified for the region meet on Nov. 19 at the Bouckaert Farms in Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn, Georgia. (The Bouckaert Farm is a horse farm where many movies have been filmed, including "The Avengers" and "Black Panther").

The region meet is comprised of athletes from South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. MPTC won four age groups, including the 8 and under girls and boys, 9-10 girls and 11-12 boys. The track club placed second in two age groups: 9-10 boys and 13-14 boys.

The 13-14 girls placed third, and both the 11-12 boys and 13-14 boys “B” teams placed fifth. The success at the region meet qualified nine teams for the USATF Cross Country Nationals in College Station, Texas on Dec. 10.

MPTC also had three individual region champions: McLain Griffin, who won the 8 and under Boys 2K race with a time of 8:05, Evelyn Mercer, who won the 9-10 Girls 3K race in 11:48 and John Teachman, who won the 15-16 5K race in 15:57.

The following athletes medaled in their age group (Top 30 medaled and advanced):

8 and under Girls 2K: Lula Scanlon (9th), Mya Anspach (12th), Annie Sullivan (17th), Katie Solomon (26th), Erin Sullivan (27th), Lydia Hodge (29th) and Nila Batouli (30th).

8 and under Boys 2K: McLain Griffin (1st), Davis Ostrander (2nd), Tyler Bossert (3rd), Carter Berney (6th), Connor Chapdelaine (10th), Max Permenter (13th) and Miles Mercer (28th).

9-10 Girls 3K: Evelyn Mercer (1st), Lydia Scanlon (4th), Charlotte Kellett (6th), Caroline Berney (9th), Bowen Pons (14th), Darby Schwartz (25th) and Olivia Lee (27th).

9-10 Boys 3K: Chase Ostrander (3rd), Evan Whichard (7th), Liam Solomon (9th), Teddy Jones (12th), Eli Hines (18th), Kellen Gratzmiller (22nd), Carter Richardson (24th) and Sam DiBenedetto (30th).

11-12 Girls 3K: Lilah May (6th), Siena D’Agostino (7th), Evie Hassid (8th), Savannah Hislop (17th), Ada Klick (23rd), Zaria Kelly (26th) and Mattie DeMooney (27th).

11-12 Boys 3K: Ty Allenspach (6th), Jahmari Malone (7th), Drew Butler (11th), Dylan Johnson (14th), Andrew Amani (18th), John Cason (19th), Caleb Hayes (22nd) and Eli Anspach (28th).

13-14 Girls 4K: Sophia Lee (8th), Mila Kosmos Hagerty (23rd), Kate Sullivan (24th), Lucy Jerald (29th) and Olivia Hays (30th).

13-14 Boys 4K: Gabe Hislop (7th), Zachary Teachman (10th), Gansen Young (15th), Marshall Simpson (17th), Tim Young (20th), Benjamin Huntington (21st) and Tyler Blonshine (29th).

15-16 Girls 5K: Greta Ingham (2nd)

15-16 Boys 5K: John Teachman (1st), Jack Butler (2nd), Charlie Tessier (5th) and Adam Rasgo (7th).

MPTC expects nearly 60 athletes to travel to College Station to compete with the best runners in the country at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Nationals on Dec. 10.

To offset costs for runners traveling to Texas, Mount Pleasant Track Club is hosting a Purses with a Purpose fundraiser. 

MPTC is collecting vintage and gently used purses, backpacks, fanny packs and travel bags for a resale event. On Dec. 4 from 12 to 2 p.m., guests can shop the donated purses at the Park West Gym. 

Proceeds from the purse sale will go to Mount Pleasant Track Club athletes and offset costs for the athletes to attend the national competition in Texas. 

Donations can be dropped off to any MPTC parent or donated at the Park West track on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  

MPTC is a 501(c)(3) organization; any donations or purchases at the resale event are tax deductible.