MLK Wins 2018 PIAA State Track & Field Championship

It was a beautiful day, perfect to be outside for Track and Field Championships held at Shippensburg University on Saturday, May 26th. In their first appearance at the state championships, MLK Wins 2018 PIAA State Track & Field Championship in the Special Olympics Division. Martin Luther King’s Unified Team joined their varsity team on the journey to Shippensburg University – and even donned the same school shirt as the varsity team. To get here, Martin Luther King’s Unified Track & Field team competed in two local tournaments against other Philadelphia schools and then won the Philadelphia Track & Field Championship. 

Sophomore India Grierson, Sophomore Precious Ford, Junior Maurice Griffin, Senior Ojay Harris, Sophomore Zhaire Harris-White, Junior Jasir Newsome, Senior Dante Young-Connor, Sophomore Isaiah Collins, Junior Shaheed Cooper, Sophomore Augustus Hill Jr, Sophomore Malik Jones, Sophomore Nagid Sawyer, and Junior Jalen Williams made up Martin Luther King’s Unified Team. Athletes and partners competed in the 100-Meter Dash, 400-Meter Race, 800-Meter Race,  Shot-put, Mini-Javelin, and the 4×100-Meter Relay. MLK took an early lead after the 100-Meter Dash and held on to the lead throughout the championship. 

Congratulations, Martin Luther King! We look forward to what your next season brings!


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Team Results

Place School Final Score
1st Place Martin Luther King High School (Philadelphia) 76
2nd Place Red Lion High School 63
3rd Place McDowell High School 60
4th Place Souderton Area High School (Montgomery) 56
5th Place General McLane High School 51
6th Place Brashear High School 44


Individual Event Results

100 Meter Dash
Year in School First Name Final Time Place 
Freshman Denim Morris    
Senior Ojay Harris 15.97 1
Senior Dandre Young-Connor 17.93  
Sophomore Isaiah Collins 13.82 2
Sophomore Nagid Sawyer 12.78 1
Sophomore Augustus Hill Jr 14.14  
Sophomore Malik Jones    
Junior Jalen Williams 11.88 1
400 Meter Race
Year in School First Name Final Time Place 
Sophomore Precious Ford 01:21.7 1
Junior Maurice Griffin 1:29.94  
Sophomore India Grierson 1:28.60  
Sophomore Zhaire Harris-White 1:16.07  
Junior Jasir Newsome 1:01.41 1
800 Meter Race

Junior, Shaheed Cooper, 2:24.89, 2nd Place

Shot Put
Year in School First Name Best Put Place
Senior Dandre Young-Connor 21 1
Junior Shaheed Cooper 27.5 1
Sophomore Augustus Hill Jr 32.4 1
Senior Ojay Harris 46.6 1
Mini JAv
Year in School First Name Best Throw Place
Sophomore Zhaire Harris-White 29.9 1
Sophomore India Grierson 32.11 3
Junior Maurice Griffin 40.6 2
Sophomore Precious Ford 42.6 1
Junior Jasir Newsome 29.1  
Junior Jalen Williams 43.11  
Sophomore Isaiah Collins 71.11 1
Sophomore Nagid Sawyer 74.11 2


4×100 Meter Relay
Jasir Newsome (Junior), Maurice Griffin (Junior), Isaiah Collins (Sophomore), Nagid Sawyer (Sophomore) 54.61 1st Place