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

PlaceSchoolFinal Score
1st PlaceMartin Luther King High School (Philadelphia)76
2nd PlaceRed Lion High School63
3rd PlaceMcDowell High School60
4th PlaceSouderton Area High School (Montgomery)56
5th PlaceGeneral McLane High School51
6th PlaceBrashear High School44


Individual Event Results

100 Meter Dash
Year in SchoolFirst NameFinal TimePlace 
FreshmanDenim Morris  
SeniorOjay Harris15.971
SeniorDandre Young-Connor17.93 
SophomoreIsaiah Collins13.822
SophomoreNagid Sawyer12.781
SophomoreAugustus Hill Jr14.14 
SophomoreMalik Jones  
JuniorJalen Williams11.881
400 Meter Race
Year in SchoolFirst NameFinal TimePlace 
SophomorePrecious Ford01:21.71
JuniorMaurice Griffin1:29.94 
SophomoreIndia Grierson1:28.60 
SophomoreZhaire Harris-White1:16.07 
JuniorJasir Newsome1:01.411
800 Meter Race

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

Shot Put
Year in SchoolFirst NameBest PutPlace
SeniorDandre Young-Connor211
JuniorShaheed Cooper27.51
SophomoreAugustus Hill Jr32.41
SeniorOjay Harris46.61
Mini JAv
Year in SchoolFirst NameBest ThrowPlace
SophomoreZhaire Harris-White29.91
SophomoreIndia Grierson32.113
JuniorMaurice Griffin40.62
SophomorePrecious Ford42.61
JuniorJasir Newsome29.1 
JuniorJalen Williams43.11 
SophomoreIsaiah Collins71.111
SophomoreNagid Sawyer74.112


4×100 Meter Relay
Jasir Newsome (Junior), Maurice Griffin (Junior), Isaiah Collins (Sophomore), Nagid Sawyer (Sophomore)54.611st Place