On Thursday evening May 21, Merritt student-athletes Belal Mogaddedi, Mike Pyrtle and Ray Stewart were honored for their achievements in the 2009 track and field season. All three were named All American by the United States Community College Coaches Association.
Ray Stewart won the state title in the 110hh in a time of 13.83 while Mike Pyrtle just missed out on his own win in the 100m finishing a close 2nd at 10.37. Mogaddedi finished 4th in the pole vault at 15 feet 3 inches while enjoying success on both relays (4 x 100m/4 x 400m) and the open 400m.
Catch some of this season's action on youtube at