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Mount Pleasant Track Club wins state championship, prepares for nationals

Mount Pleasant Track Club won its 18th USA Track & Field Junior Olympic State Team Championship by beating over 20 teams throughout the state at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. Fifty-eight MPTC runners became individual state champions with a couple of record breaking races.

MPTC won all 12 age groups, including the 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-16 and 17-18 both girls and boys. There were two state records broken by MPTC athletes. Lydia Scanlon, a nine-year-old crushed the 9-10 girls 1500m race in 5:34.9, breaking the record by 8 seconds. Ty Allenspach, who is 11, broke the 11-12 3000m state record with a time of 10:19.13, which was 20 seconds faster than the previous record. Both athletes broke both the team records and state records. The team records in both of these events were faster than the state records, which is unusual.

“What a fabulous state meet the team had. Our goal was an aggressive 51 state champions and we tracked that number throughout the competition. To blow that away with 58 State Champions speaks to the hard work of our coaches and athletes,” said Tami Dennis, the head coach of MPTC. “We’re excited to see how we can compete the rest of the season, regionally and nationally.”

Of the 58 individual MPTC state champions, there were several athletes who won multiple events in their age groups.

  • Cori Richardson (7-8): 100m, 200m
  • Isaac Padgett (7-8): 200m, long jump, javelin
  • McLain Griffin (7-8): 800m, 1500m
  • Lydia Scanlon (9-10): 800m, 1500m
  • Jahmari Malone (11-12): 400m, high jump, long jump
  • Ty Allenspach (11-12): 1500m, 3000m
  • Kymani Clary (13-14): High jump, triple jump, 400m, 4x800m
  • Gabe Hislop (13-14): 1500m, 3000m, 4x800m
  • Gansen York (13-14): 800m, 4x800m
  • Faith Jones (15-16): 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m
  • Julia Galbally (17-18): 100m, 200m, long jump
  • David Thilen (17-18): Hammer, discus, shot

Out of the many winners, Faith Jones who competes in the 15-16 age group, had an impressive state meet by qualifying for the finals in the 100m, 200m and 400m, then running all four events (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m) on Sunday for the finals.

The top 12 in each event qualify for the USATF Regionals which will be on July 7 to 10 at Winthrop University against the top runners from Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. From regionals, the top five finalists in each event will advance to nationals, which will be in Sacramento, Calif. on July 25 to 31. This will be the best athletes in the country. Last year, MPTC placed third in the Country at USATF Nationals.