Salute to State Champions: Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School Men's Cross Country and Track State Champs
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Preds Salute Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School Men’s Cross Country and Track State Champs
For the second consecutive season the Nashville Predators and BlueCross BlueShield have created a program to recognize the achievements in amateur athletics in the greater Nashville area. During the 2009-10 season the BlueCross BlueShield Salute to State Champions program will recognize area high school athletic teams that earn a state title for their school. The selected teams will have their hard work and dedication acknowledged at a Predators game.
The Nashville Predators would like to congratulate Head Coach Stephen Dorris and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School Men’s Cross Country and Track team as Decemberr’s Salute to State Champions team.
“2008 was our first state champ in cross country and we had a very strong returning group of seniors so we knew we should be one of the favorites, but things never go as planed,” coach Dorris stated. “We had plenty of injuries and surprises throughout the season. It taught us not to take anything for granted.”
“The track team was completely unexpected. We had a strong team but we had lost a couple of key members during the season. We went into the state meet not being even the top team in our section. However in the state meet we had just enough, really just enough people having really big days, great days. Where basically we had a perfect day” Dorris added about the MLK track team.
Dorris, the coaching staff and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Magnet High School Men’s Cross Country and Track team attended the Dec. 8th vs. the Vancouver Canucks where they were recognized for their achievements.
Cross Country Awards:
2008 and 2009 A-AA Cross Country Team State Champions
Ryan Graves: A-AA State Runner Up, All Metro
John Gilpin: A-AA All State
Track and Field Awards:
2009 A-AA Boys Track And Field Team State Champions
Ben Tankard- 110m High Hurdles: A-AA State Champion, Great 8 Champion 300m Intermediate Hurdles: A-AA State Champion Long Jump: A-AA State Runner Up Selected Track and Field All Midstate by the Tennessean
Micah Wasserman- 800m Run: 3rd Place A-AA State Championship 1600m Run: 3rd Place A-AA State Championship
Cody Simons: Shot Put: 6th Place A-AA State Championship
4x100 Relay: Aaron Hemphill, Alex Gray, Leonard Jordan, Nick Hill 8th Place A-AA State Championship
4x400 Relay: Nick Hill, Rashad Taylor, Sam Birch, Micah Wasserman 8th Place A-AA State Championship
4x800 Relay: John Gilpin, Gerald Batey, Joseph DeHarde, Ryan Graves 5th Place A-AA State Championship
2009 MLK Track and Field Roster 2009 MLK Cross Country Roster